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Fall 2016 Inspiration

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7/20/2016 5:10 PM

"Better the spear that missed an elephant than the arrow that killed a hare." -Indian proverb

Gavin, my pal in Delhi, tells me about a remote town in the deep South of India with rows and rows of antique shops filled with castoffs of wealthy Indian merchants. I am always on the hunt for new ideas and old markets and I jump at the chance to tag along with him. Every season I hit the road to find new ideas in painted monastaries atop soaring mountains or local bazaars down sweltering warrens. Either way, it usually works.

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John Robshaw for Duralee

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7/12/2016 4:54 PM

Creating furniture upholstered in my own fabric has always been a dream of mine. This dream is now a reality in my partnership with Duralee furniture: eighteen upholstered pieces that capture the essence of our brand. Incorporating my admiration for the sumptuous adornment found in palace architecture or traditional tea house seating, the Duralee team and I worked closely in this labor of love to guarantee that each frame is not only beautiful and visually stimulating, but also functional and comfortable.

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Spring 2016 Inspiration

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4/17/2016 12:00 PM

Om mani padme hum “Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus”

 

I’ve just returned from Leh, the Indian town on a perfectly blue, high-altitude desert bordering China and Pakistan. Set at the crossroads of the Punjab and central Asia, Kashmir and Tibet, it was once the hub of 17th century caravan trade. I warn you there is a lot to do here, so plan your trip with a generous amount of time. I wish I had. I was there shooting so only stayed a few days, gorging myself on the ancient Buddhist monasteries and the delights of the town itself. Close by are lakes and other mountains that deserve weeks to explore, such as the Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake, which I will have to hit next time. Watch out for the altitude---a mere 12,000 feet.  The first day just rest and hang out at your hotel. 

 

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Fall 2015 Inspiration

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4/16/2016 11:44 AM

Mangoes & Sticky Rice For Everyone

 

Thailand and I go way back… 20 years, in fact. I was a recent art-school graduate trekking across India in search of block printing workshops, and frankly, I was worn out. I flew to Bangkok for a break, showed up at an art opening for Julian Schnabel, and somehow emerged from that party with a job working for a Thai who was developing what can only be summarized as the Barneys of Bangkok.

I stayed, and fell for that dysfunctional, seductive city. It inspired me then, and continues to, even when I’m in my Manhattan studio. It informs my sense of color, pattern, and texture. But more than that, it informs my life. No matter where I am in the world, I keep my watch set to Bangkok time.

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Spring 2015 Inspiration

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4/15/2016 10:51 AM

Cochin Fort, India

 

“…Whereas, Pepper has nothing in it to that can plead as a recommendation… its only desirable quality being a certain pungency; and yet it is for this that we import it all the way from India!” Pliny The Elder, 77 CE

I am always searching for pungency, and Cochin Fort seemed like the perfect place to explore. Tucked in a corner of the state of Kerala, Cochin was once the center of the Indian spice trade. Its port was settled by traders from around the world, so I knew I’d find some incredible history to step into. 

 

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John Robshaw and Malin & Goetz hit the road

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4/14/2016 3:55 PM

Summer Travel Tips

 

John Robshaw and Malin & Goetz share their summer travel tips.

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Going Going Goa

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4/13/2016 3:41 PM

Goa Beach

 

My memories of Goa are from twenty years back: the palm-lined funky Anjuna beach, the lithe hippies covered in jewelry and dreadlocks (and attitude) selling all their earthly possessions on beach towels. People who lived out on the skinny branches of existence. I wanted to join them or at least grab some of their style. 

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Fragrances inspired by John’s faraway destinations

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4/13/2016 1:11 PM

John Robshaw x Tocca

 

In it’s first ever collaboration, TOCCA meets John Robshaw in this Far East-inspired candle collection. 

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Mother's Day

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4/12/2016 1:23 PM

Celebrating Mother's Day with Mrs. Robshaw and The Laundress

 

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, there is no better time than now to chat with the great Mrs. Robshaw, my mother, and The Laundress co-founder Lindsey Boyd, both of whom share a passion for fabric care. With only the slightest of prying, I convinced these two laundry mavens to share their expert advice on caring for bedding and storing textiles.

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Mahru Collection

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4/11/2016 2:09 PM

John Robshaw x DBO Home

 

 

I met Dana while sharing a cab in Peru going to a trade show. During the ride we realized we’re neighbors in Sharon, CT, a very lucky coincidence. Dana is the owner of DBO Home and an interesting characters. In her old life she was part of a team that created the marketing for up and coming as well as established bands, and now she makes very delicate elegant porcelain. After the decadent rock and roll lifestyle she needed an escape to the bucolic country where her and her husband Danny, an incredibly talented furniture designer, could set up shop, tend to their herd of dogs and design seven days a week.

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