I first came across New Friends weavings at the Sight Unseen Pop Up shop during New York Design Week back in 2011. There was a small white weaving that appeared to be dripping the words NEW FRIENDS on the wall, and I gasped and was instantaneously smitten. I didn’t realize that it was the first ever showing of Alexandra Segeti and Kelly Rakowski’s work, but their dual city weavings (NYC and Philadelphia respectively) have gone on to continuous gasp-worthy notoriety ever since.
Segeti and Rakowski met via the internet over a shared loved of textiles and similar aesthetics. Each worked on their weavings in their separate cities, met up to share their work with each other, and they’ve been a company ever since. They use wool, raffia, cotton, Japanese fibers, and paper in their designs, and work well together—apart. Each piece is eclectic, exquisite, and one-of-a-kind, and they’re undoubtedly eye-catching on any wall. New Friends has since expanded their line, too, offering donut-shaped Torus Bangle bracelets, plant cozies, and pillows.