You’ve played the game before: If you were an animal, what would you be? (We’re something extremely lovesome and clean.)
In the Gates family, Newell is a hedgehog; her sister, Sally, is a bee.
Their textile company, Burrow & Hive, is named for their alter egos’ natural habitats. Between the two, they have a degree in interior design from Harrington, a master’s in landscape architecture, and an obsession with fabric and color.
They design patterns together, taking cues from nature: Cotton scarves are splashed with blueberry, buttercup, and espresso; upholstery fabrics include wings (inspired by those of a bee) and quills (a seashellesque print created with a fan brush). Fabrics are screen-printed at a Rhode Island screen-printing institution, then sewn in Chicago and India. Pillows, place mats, and pouches are also available.
A new collection is coming this year.
You’ll go ape for it.
Available online at burrowandhive.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Burrow & Hive