hi everyone! this is leslie from spotted sf. sweet victoria has kindly invited me to guest post on sfgirlbybay and i couldn’t be more honored or more excited to be on her site. once or twice a month i’ll be sharing photos I’ve taken of favorite things i spot around san francisco + many gems I find along my travels, too. i hope you enjoy this first post as well as the many others to follow.
on that note, please allow me to introduce the lovely lady and the exquisite work behind san francisco-based studio, olli.
two things jo (or joanne zorkendorfer) and i share in common: travel and tradition. and particularly the time honored craft of artisans in the regions we visit. it is truly special to observe these artisans at work and seeing the level of energy and detail that goes into each piece they make. and then to take home something so unique and made with such devotion makes it that much more special, too.
in 2010 jo created olli, a luxury craft company devoted to designing beautiful and contemporary handmade products that honor technique and tradition. her first series includes loungers and pillows reflecting the embroidery style of a collective of women artisans, specifically otomi indians in the hidalgo region of mexico. these women artisans hand sketch the nature-inspired motifs onto fabric, then hand embroider the entire pattern in cotton thread. each lounger is unique and custom designed for each client, and the embroidery takes three months to complete.
the finished fabric and the final pieces are then sewn together in at olli in san francisco. the overall feel of the lounger is heavenly and unlike any other. jo spent much time researching the perfect fill, which includes a polyester fiber core and a foam base for support + a feather topper which makes the lounger luxuriously plush. while visiting her studio (which is heavenly in itself) i plopped right onto one of these and dreamt sweet thoughts of owning one for my own home some day.
jo’s lovely and light-filled olli studio is located upstairs inside the heath ceramics building in sf. she shares the space with another talented designer, adele stafford of voices of industry. one of jo’s lounger and some pillows are displayed in heath’s showroom. for more info about jo and the olli loungers, visit here.
• all photography by leslie santarina.