malene graphicCarpets provide warmth, cushioning and reduce noise, but I think a lot of us underestimate the artistic impact carpeting can have. 

When making decisions about design elements needed to personalize a living space or create an attractive work environment, where does carpet selection rank? Are you interested in more of a neutral foundation or a focal point with vibrant colors, bold patterns and textures?

I discovered Malene (May-lay-nee) Barnett, President and Design Director of Malene B. Carpets exhibiting at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City.

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Malene B. Carpets is a Brooklyn, NY based design studio specialized in custom, hand-crafted contemporary carpets for luxury residential and commercial spaces.

From Malene B.’s perspective, carpet choice should be at the top of your list when envisioning an environment. “Carpets can transform a space, they are the finishing piece to a room. They really complete the story. So I really think carpet is important to a space.”

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Malene B.’s carpets are inspired by her travels around the world. One of the goals of her brand is to inspire people to look at fabric as a way to connect to the global community. “We all use fabric in some way in our lives. We wear clothes. We interact with fabric through our furniture and tableware. So there’s all these connections with fabric in our lives and it’s a global thing. Because my background is textile design (Fashion Institute of Technology), I’ve always had a passion with textiles when I travel and the intricacy of how they’re made. Each time I go to a different country I seek out the arts; particularly fabrics and I really see how it connects us.”

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VIDEO: In this interview with bndd Editor Harold Abrams, Malene B. discusses the artistry of carpets, how her travels around the world inspire her designs and how staying focused helps navigate the challenges of building a creative business…

DISCOVER:  Malene B. Carpets 




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  3. Harold Abrams says:

    We agree…

  4. Sid Johnson says:

    Excellent concept. The carpet industry will never die out. Her ideas can generate self respect for African Americans. Her artistic abilities can be conceived as being an African American cultural developing tool.

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