Photo credit: espanyolet
Home Accessories from Mallorca
and the High Seas
It was a storm—actually, a photo of a storm—that inspired the deep blues of our espanyolet x goop capsule collection.
“The clouds coming in from Barcelona—they’re nearly black, and the sea is blue with little shimmers of indigo and turquoise,” says Melissa Rosenbauer. “We thought it would be beautiful to do something like that.”
So Rosenbauer and her husband, Thomas Bossert, artists and founders of espanyolet, an artisanal homeware line, set out to capture that moody vibe. They saturated vintage linen with natural indigo and algae gel, and the result was a limited-edition throw and matching pillows. The pieces look like raw sapphires: bold blue inflected with lighter patinaed sections. “You have the faded tones of the Mediterranean that are expected,” says Rosenbauer, but then “you have that dark, inky grey-indigo.”
Rosenbauer and Bossert founded espanyolet in 2015. A year earlier, the couple had left their conventional lives in New York City to travel. And they traveled with a mission: “We wanted to get in touch with our spiritual side, to make things with our hands, to learn languages,” says Rosenbauer. They stayed for several months in Bali, where they immersed themselves in the local art community. Rosenbauer learned indigo-dyeing and batik-making, while Bossert honed his skills in a ceramics studio. Next, they headed to the Mediterranean, settling in Mallorca. It was there that they became voracious collectors of the local natural fabrics, particularly vintage linen and hemp for its texture and irregularities. “It’s rougher, and it has depth,” Bossert explains. The couple started creating blankets, pillows, and other home accessories, hand-painting them layer by layer to encourage the colors to sink in between the weaves.
Their collection for goop is an homage to that “completely, beautifully, wonderfully one-of-a-kind” aesthetic, says Rosenbauer. Think of it like the “upswell of the Mediterranean.” Or, you might say, a perfect storm.