Time, Talent and Textiles: HLW Designers Give Back
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) hosted its 7th Annual Sustainable Quilt Auction on March 25th at the Open House Gallery in New York City. HLW designers composed one of the nine teams of industry professionals who created and donated one-of-a-kind quilts made from fabric remnants.
“After we depleted the IIDA of product samples in red, we called around to everyone we know requesting discontinued red fabrics—and then we raided our own library,” said HLW Senior Designer Matt Bishop, LEED AP. The HLW/HBF team’s quilt includes subtle gradations of red hues that dissipate in intensity at the outer edges and range from cherry, crimson and tomato to pedal pink and deep maroon. The patterns and material qualities vary widely. Bishop explained that a diverse array of red fabrics is representative of a diverse community unified under the goal of equality for all. Titled, “Will You Marry Me,” the quilt also includes an “equal” sign created from sheer, transparent fabric.
Proceeds from the IIDA event benefit Be Original Americas, an association created to support and protect original, authentic design through education and advocacy work. The IIDA initiative brings together teams of designers at monthly Quilting Bees to create original works of art using “repurposed industry textiles,” said Jennifer Haney, LEED C+I, IIDA, a Senior Designer at HLW and a first time participant in the annual event. “I knew how to hand-sew, but had never worked with a machine.” Bishop held sewing classes in the HLW office to help novice quilters, like Haney, perfect their skills. “At the end of a long day, I felt rejuvenated to sit down with a group of creative people and challenge my brain to be inventive in a new and different way,” said Haney.
The HLW Quilting Bee met over a 7-month period and logged-in over 100 hours. Team members included (from left to right): Matt Bishop, Elisa Li, Stephanie Williams, Lisa Knip, Jennifer Haney, and Suraj Bhatia (not shown).
Karin Kalda on behalf of Arenson Architectural Products purchased HLW’s quilt titled, “Will You Marry Me.”