Our Unique Approach

Beautiful linens with a conscious.

Conservation

We create linens that honor the natural world. Nature's hues, fluidity, organic lines, and tactility make their way into our products through the use of natural materials and sustainable production. Modernplum is a choice that is mindful of resources used, waste made, and the value of artisan sewing versus assembly line production. Our line invites you to reconnect with the simple, and pleasurable acts of daily living. 

Flax Linen

Linen fabric is used for most of our products but we also work with wool and organic cotton. Linen is made from the flax plant which is farmed using less water and soil resources than cotton. It is also free of harsh pesticides that can transfer to your skin. Linen is more durable than cotton which means linen just lasts longer. Linen is an investment that over time will require fewer linen purchases and will ultimately slow textile waste pile-up. Linen gives piece of mind that the choice you make in purchasing is eco-friendly and long-lasting.

Local and Ethically made

Modernplum products are made locally in Chicago. We think making local makes a better product relative to manufactured abroad. Using local sewing talent ensures that production in nearby, so quality checks are frequent. It is also an investment in our local economy. We are a made-to-order studio which means that Modernplum products are artisan crafted from start to finish, rather than coming from an assembly-line. Craftsmanship is managed and built right into our process. It also dramatically reduces our transportation costs and overall carbon footprint to sew locally.

Multi-purpose design

Our products are purposefully made to serve many functions, and to mix and match with one another through our coordinated color palettes. Multi-purpose design is simplified design, in which a single pillow could be used in many rooms, or a linen throw is conceived to become a table cloth. This way of thinking sees the utilitarian aspect of items, and simplifies your linen closet. Simplifying choices is a form of sustainability as it inherently reduces excess material waste and overall production of goods.

Recycling and reuse

We are a zero waste studio, in that, we either keep or use all of our remnants whenever possible. When a fabric comes off the cutting room floor, our policy is to collect and keep. Sometime fabrics are used in smaller items sewing like napkins, and sometimes its used in our one-of-a-king items. This process keeps fabric on the roll longer and contributes to the reduction of textile waste.

Packaging is minimal. We tie and label all our larger products, but big cardboard packaging not only obscures the beauty of the linen, but becomes another item to throw away.  For shipping, we use recycled cardboard boxes whenever possible. 

  

About the Founder

"My design work connects people to the physical and natural world."    

 
Allison Warren is the owner and creative director of Modernplum Textiles for Living. Modernplum is based in Chicago, but its ethos is all Californian where Allison grew up. The relaxed lifestyle immersed in sunshine, water, and mountain landscape inform every part of the brand.
In a prior life, Allison was a professional sculptor and painter, making large fabric-based objects and environments in locales such as the Banff Centre, Ontario, Canada, and The Hong Kong Architecture Biennial. The work created sensory experiences that connected people to the physical world. This was the subject of her MFA work at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit. She also taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and others, developing original coursework like "Make it Good: Sustainability in Textile Production." 
In 2014, Allison outfitted her home - a midcentury modern glasshouse - with textiles and Modernplum was born. Color, texture, and pattern of natural materials, and handcraft construction details like piecing, dyeing, edging, and color-blocking form the design language of our product. It fills a gap in the market for design-forward, modern linens.
Modernplum has been featured in Remodelista, House and Home, House Beautiful, House & Garden UK, CS Modern, and others. The studio appears in House & Garden's "The List" of resources for the trade. Susan Sarandon is a customer.
When not at work, Allison is most likely cooking for her two children and husband or running along Lake Michigan.