Gift pick No. 32: Rachel Craven napkins, tablecloths, aprons
In the hands of Echo Park textile designer Rachel Craven, traditional linen napkins and tablecloths become modern accessories.
Craven cites minimalist grid painter Agnes Martin and colorful Finnish design house Marimekko as influences, and the dissimilar pair are evoked in the hand-printed arrows, fine lines and crosses that distinguish Craven’s work.
For the holidays, Craven has designed flax and gray-green linens with gold and copper leaf prints. Flax linen tablecloths are $220, and sets of four flax linen napkins are $96. A printed flax linen apron with leather straps is another great handmade-in-L.A. gift at $96.
Look for her linens at local stores such as Heath Ceramics, Chay, General Store, Dream Collective, deKor and Platform, or on Craven’s website. Her work will also be on display at the Echo Park Craft Fair Dec. 14 and 15.