While studying at Parsons School of Design, it was fashion (and knitwear, specifically) that captivated Kristine Peñafiel Salviejo—and she turned that passion into a successful career collaborating with the super-cool likes of Alexander Wang, Tome and Nike.
But a little over a year after moving from NYC to Berlin (and setting up house in a succession of apartments), she had the seed of a new home goods idea, one that would fuse her love of textiles with the motifs from her Filipino heritage that loomed large in her mind. Despite the super mod look of her line, many of her patterns come from Filipino templates that date as far back as the 1400s. As Kristine, who now splits her time between her fashion and home projects, explains, “It’s about preserving the pattern, technique, and story and reviving it for today.” The semi-psychedelic checked rugs, placemats, and table runners that have materialized are the kind of pieces no one would ever let go of. —marly fink