“Useful” and “beautiful” – two words that motivate me in my work and at home. Designer and craftsman William Morris said it best: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

I started Studiopatró with this thought in mind. My work has always centered on art and design, first as an art teacher and then as a graphic designer. I organized words and pictures, designed catalogs for Williams-Sonoma, art directed photography and worked with talented stylists and chefs. So naturally, design and kitchenware inspired my new endeavor, and the linen tea towel became the perfect canvas for new work.

I think of our tea towels as an accent – a brief moment of subtle color, modern pattern or words that inspire. They’re a place to rest your eye, bring a smile to your face, and add a bit of beauty and color to your life and home. I love that the simple kitchen towel can become a special token, and still remain its humble and hard-working self.

In the kitchen, I always have plenty of linen tea towels and cotton flour sacks on hand to quickly dry dishes, wipe countertops, cushion bowls, use as hot pads, or wash and dry salad greens. I encourage customers to use their towels, wash them often, and enjoy the patina that comes with age. These practical habits have inspired our newest company motto, “Use Cloth Not Paper”.

Our linen is the finest medium-weight linen available, and is naturally sustainable and luxurious. We test for absorbency and sturdiness, and these aprons and towels work beautifully. They remain strong and actually get softer with lots of use.

Each tea towel is handprinted one-by-one, using ecologically friendly water-based inks. We are committed to working locally and to creating meaningful working relationships that honor the collaboration, talent and expertise of our screeners and sewing partners. Every detail of production is important to us, right down to the ribbon we tie on each package that goes out to you.

~ Christina Weber