founder allison warren
Live with beauty everyday.
Modernplum is the textile design studio of Allison Warren who's design approach is connected to mid-century modernism and coastal California where she grew up. The relaxed lifestyle immersed in sunshine, water, and mountain landscape inform every part of the brand. As an interior designer's daughter, Allison lived with textile and paint swatches, and a focus on home life throughout childhood.
Prior to forming Modernplum, Allison made fabric-based sculpture and delicate drawings of textiles and exhibited them at venues like the Banff Centre (Ontario, Canada) and The Drawing Center (New York). This work was developed while a student at Cranbrook Academy in Detroit.
At the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Allison has developed original coursework in sustainable textile production, and fiber-based design entrepreneurship. Prior, Allison managed teams to deliver the architecture foundations design program at the University of Illinois.
In 2014, Allison outfitted her home - a midcentury modern glasshouse - with sustainably-made 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 artisan design-forward, modern linens.
Moderplum 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 the studio, Allison is most likely cooking for her two children and husband or running along Lake Michigan.