our limited edition collections are like our babies. each collection has a unique personality, and we don’t like to play favorites. but working with Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Atwood on our spring 2016 limited edition collection has been a dream. so we recently sat down with her to find out if the feeling was mutual.
you got your start as a textile designer at Anthropologie, did you ever think your designs would appear on soap bottles?
looking back, I can see that I was always interested in environments and the objects that go in them. when I worked at Anthropologie, I fell in love with the home décor world. I worked on all sorts of products—dishtowels, bowls, bedding and rugs. I like to create things people use every day.
and thankfully, people need soap… so, what was it like working with method?
it was a really great partnership. our two brands have a lot in common in terms of the care that goes into how things are made and using design on products that people use every day—not to mention the whole team was such a pleasure to work with!
we’re blushing. can you talk about the inspiration behind the designs in this collection?
the dotted ombré pattern on the sweet citrus bottles was inspired by dots and lines—and how beautiful these simple shapes can be when combined. the pattern reminds me of grapefruit slices, summer and flowers.
the shibori pattern on the sea spray bottles was inspired by water and waves. the original design was hand-dyed using shibori, a traditional Japanese dyeing technique where each pattern is unique to the hand of the person who made it.
the pattern on the herb garden bottles was inspired by petals and leaves falling to the ground like confetti, while the pattern on the sandalwood bottles was inspired by spices, which I think references the scent really well.
as a pattern expert, what are some tips you’d give to people who want to incorporate pattern into their own home?
incorporating pattern doesn’t need to be overwhelming. color is really the key to mixing pattern. keep a tight color palette and almost anything can go together if you like it.
you don’t have to go big and bold. you can start by using small vintage scarves, fabric remnants or other small, but special, textiles to spruce up a solid piece. hang them on the back of a chair, drape them on a side table or pin them to the wall.
lastly, trust your gut. you can make anything work if you really love it.