When we first featured Espanyolet, the Mallorca-based textile project of Thomas Bossert and Melissa Rosenbauer, the year was 2016 and the duo had quit their jobs in New York, sold their belongings, and embarked on an Eat, Pray, Love-esque year of adventure in which they ended up studying, and falling in love with, natural pigments—and Spain.
A lot has changed since that first post (Antique Spanish Drap Cloth Made New: Espanyolet in Mallorca), including Espanyolet itself. “When we started with our textile products, color and texture were always extremely important to us,” Thomas wrote to us recently from Spain. “Soon we started experimenting with other surfaces that could represent the same color/texture philosophy. That’s when we started with lime walls, ceramic objects, and furniture. When we couldn’t do it ourselves we tried to find other makers and artisans that could collaborate with us. Our clients saw what we were experimenting with and soon asked us to help them with the design of entire rooms and later houses.”
Now the duo designs full-fledged interiors projects—and their own pigmented textiles and limewashes make appearances, too. “Our products are only available to our interior design clients,” Thomas adds. “It’s part of our special sauce.”
Have a look around one of Espanyolet’s recent projects: a historic Catalan farmhouse, redone. (Then scroll down for a look at the drastic Before shots.)
Photography by Pernilla Danielsson, courtesy of Espanyolet.
Above: The stone stairs are original; the lighting throughout is by Contain Studio. “The house was really dark, and the previous renovations had left wires hanging all over the vaulted ceilings and stonework,” the duo writes. “In addition to stunning hanging ceiling lamps, we wanted to introduce many sconces to highlight those arches and vaults. So we had an eye on function, but we also had an eye on presenting some design-forward options. This is how we came to Contain Studio. These guys hand-make beautiful art-deco style brass lights here in Mallorca.”Above: Beds are made with dyed linen throw blankets. The built-in desk was original to the house.