Fungi, Cenotes & Shooting Stars Appear in Textiles by Lisa Kanning
In collaboration with Hartmann & Forbes, interior designer Lisa Kanning brings natural forms to a new line of window treatments and wallcoverings
Interior designer Lisa Kanning is now based in New York City, but her roots are in the Rocky Mountain West; she grew up in Montana and later lived in Colorado. Nature’s influence can be seen throughout Kanning’s designs and in her creative use of organic materials.
In 2011 she was on the design team of Mountain Living’s Home of the Year, where she used reclaimed wood, birch trees and aspen log slices as wall treatments to add texture to the home in fresh applications.
Kanning worked with Hartmann & Forbes—a leader in ethically crafted, handwoven natural shades—as a source for window treatments and wallcoverings in many of her projects through the years. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she was sitting on her Brooklyn rooftop deck for some fresh air when she received a life-changing call: Hartmann & Forbes invited her to create a line of organic window treatments and wallcoverings inspired by nature. The Lisa Kanning Collection was launched in October 2022.
Kanning found inspiration in mushroom caps sprouting from the forest floor, long hanging vines, shooting stars in the night sky, birch and sycamore trees, rocks and marsh. The resulting collection features three woven-to-size window coverings and four natural wallcovering series, effortlessly layering textures and natural materials to add depth to the designs.
Meticulously hand-placed Mendong flowers are inserted into the weft of the “Fungi” window coverings. Faux suede creates a trompe l’oeil effect of strewn rocks. A fringed eyelash effect from embroidery evokes grass in a marsh. “The collection translates natural shapes and materials into modern forms, utilizing a variety of techniques to elevate them to high design status,” Kanning says.