A Tour of Block Shop’s Scarves, Rugs, and Art

Six years ago, when we first met Hopie and Lily Stockman, the two sisters had just returned from Bagru, India, with some of the first block-printed scarves that gave their company its name: see the portable paintings from Block Shop. Bold geometric patterns with a neo-hippie vibe, the scarves were the size of a shawl, and someone discovered early on that they were making perfect wall hangings. Soon, the entire LA hipster seemed to be covered with creations from Hopie and Lily.

The two then expanded Block Shop’s offerings to woodcuts, rugs, table linens and more, all in bright, linear patterns that they say are inspired by Indian architecture, the women of the Bauhaus and painted decorations by Sonia Delaunay, among others. things. But it was not only eye-catching impressions that helped Block Shop thrive: the two sisters are artists and with the goal of “learning the basics of running a socially responsible business”, Hopie earned his MBA at Harvard (where Lily studied painting … it was the year Lily spent in Jaipur that made them discover the textile collective with which they have been working since). They are now both based in Los Angeles, where, after passing their initial DTLA cell, they have set up their headquarters in a sorted warehouse in Atwater Village that vibrates every time a train passes. Join us for a tour of their configuration.

The Secret Shop

The entrance covered with a pink scarf opens on Block Shop & # 8
Above: The entrance covered with a pink scarf opens onto the Block Shop retail space, known as the Secret Shop “because we are located in a maze of studios and we are hard to find, “says Hopie (full instructions here). Currently closed – and normally only open on Fridays and Saturdays – it’s “Blocking your feet in the water in retail”.

“We started Block Shop with $ 5,000 when we were students, and we wanted to grow in a thoughtful and purposeful way,” says Hopie. “We believe in small-scale production, fair wages for workers and healthy working conditions. We invest 5% of our annual profits in health and empowerment programs in Jaipur. “

Lily and Hopie designed the construction of the warehouse themselves with lots of comments from friends. And the furniture is by a Who & # 8
Above: Lily and Hopie designed the construction of the warehouse themselves with lots of comments from friends. And the furniture is made by a creator of Who’s Who from Los Angeles, including furniture maker Shin Okada from Waka Waka, who built the displays.

The emblematic cotton scarves from Block Shop are presented here flanked by their wool and cotton rugs, woven by a family of master weavers outside Jaipur. Three of the Block Shop woodcuts hang above. (The company is currently donating 10% of all sales of scarves and bandanas to LA Regional Food Back and LA United Way.)

The Sidewinder dress hangs next to a display of table linen (towels are $ each).
Above: The Sidewinder dress hangs next to a table linen display (towels are $ 14 each).
The curved lines extend from the textile patterns to the walls - & # 8
Above: curved lines stretch from the textile patterns to the walls – “a reference”, says Hopie, “to the arcades of the old city of Jaipur. The simple mirror framed in ash is from Kalon Studios. The spiral-shaped ceramic table lamp is by their friend Jonathan Entler of Entler Studios.

The pale celadon on the wall is apple green; the rest of the space is in All White, both by Farrow & Ball.

The Pit Showroom / Conversation

The shop opens onto a meeting space: & # 8
Above: The shop opens onto a meeting space: “It is an exhibition hall for people who want it, and a conversation space for everyone,” explains Hopie.

Daybeds – in white by Waka Waka (who also made the armchairs) and in peach by L.O.C. Architects: present the future upholstery fabrics from Block Shop. The coffee table is by Jake Rodehuth-Harrison of their favorite interior design company, ETC. etaetera: “the stepped legs are adjustable and can be turned inwards or outwards.” The Purple Alien floor lamp is designed by Entler Design.

Atwater Village from Block Shop, LA, showroom. Above: Block Shop woodcuts hang on the walls. Dan John Anderson’s turned wood sculpture is made from California pine, which Hopie says “smells incredibly good.” The grain drum overhead lights are by Brendan Ravenhill: “Our sister Phoebe works in her studio.”

The studio

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Above: The “Block Shop brain” is tucked away behind the showroom. Lily and Hopie collaborated with Shin Okuda on the table design: “We spent our first five years working on balanced pieces of plywood on sawhorses, so designing this with Shin was like the next chapter for we.”

Simon St. James’ pink light was “inspired by the lights of vanity mirrors from Hollywood decorations of the golden age”. Beyond the pink curtain is the company’s warehouse and distribution center.

Block Shop's Atwater Village, LA, studio.

Above: Lily’s desk includes a Breuer Cesca armchair and a Brendan Ravenhill floor lamp. “She’s obsessed with the cleanliness of work surfaces,” says Hopie. “If you have a meeting with Lily, the result is usually better if you wipe your desk first.” And that was before the pandemic.

The sisters and their team are currently taking refuge at home: “Like so many small businesses right now, we are walking a tightrope trying to maintain sales and reduce costs while prioritizing the well-being of our staff” explains Hopie. They also get the job done: stay tuned for Block Shop’s bedding collection.

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