News / Karina Pires
The creation of Brazilian-born Sydneysider Karina Pires, House of Six’s range of blankets and cushions are made by hand using a variety of natural materials including wool, cotton, linen and rope.
“I love working with natural fibres as I feel closer to nature that way. Limited collections like these cannot be replicated on mass and that is a luxury. It’s usually reflected in the price tag but the right product will always find the right home or buyer – it’s like mutual appreciation.”
The latest collection, titled ‘Mandarins and Aprons,’ is inspired by the designer’s early life. “It feeds from my childhood memories where I spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm in Brazil. Life was simple and the days were playful and slow, I remember my Nona wearing faded checked aprons and cooking for us. It was important to me to reflect on that, especially in such over-saturated media days, and capture that feeling,” says Karina.
The handwoven blankets and cushions certainly have an air of nostalgia about them — no doubt due to their handmade nature. “It is the connection of the maker’s hand directly with a handmade product that I love — the immersion of the maker into the process,” says Karina.
“The time to create a handwoven piece depends on the technique, type of loom and yarn. I usually sample a full piece in a couple of weeks in between having to attend to other work. Small samples are quicker and can be done in a day, they allow you to test the yarn and get a feel for the textile,” says Karina of the often time-consuming process.
Photography by Annabelle Hickson
House of Six (and our home) are featured in the August 15 of Inside Out magazine. It has been beautifully shot by Francoise Baudet and styled by the queen of 'home with hearts' Megan Morton.
Neon shades mixed with a neutral palette highlight the fun factor of our relaxed home.
I have always loved mixing high-end pieces with vintage (look at that crochet vintage curtain from Salvos) as I think it is so important to create a home where you feel comfortable and welcome, specially with little ones running around! I love objects that have a story to tell and I am a crazy collector of throws and bowls. Our family lives in Bondi Beach and our extended family in Brasil, which we call our second home.
I hope you get inspired with our story as much as we loved sharing it!
Inside Out Aug 15 issue
Thonet chairs in the living room. Riptides print by Aquabumps.
Framed prints House of Six. Family photograph, vintage Belgium glass side table. Lanvin dress, Celine Trio bag.
House of Six painted cushion. Walter Knoll chair upholstered in custom wool fabric.
Sculpture Dion Hortsman. Crochet throw by my friends Spell Byron Bay.
Gabi, I just love those little feet! Shibori cushion handed by me for House of Six.
Myself (Hi!) and my two little humans, Gabi and Bas.
The kitchen is where I love preparing wholesome food with fresh produce from the markets. It is where time does not matter and I run at my own snail pace, I just love it! My kids favourite snack is... guess, burrito!
View from the main lounge, I love mixing vintage with new for a casual style. With two children you really can't be too precious about material things! It is all about dirty little fingers all around.