founder allison warren


an artist in resistance to technological culture

Modernplum is the textile design studio of Allison Warren. Her design ethos is all Californian 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, she lived with a constant influx of textile and paint swatches, and a focus on home life throughout childhood.

Allison is an artist, and prior to forming the studio, she 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), and received critical acclaim from curators at the Houston Contemporary, and the Whitney Museum of New York, among others. Her current work is a continuation of these drawings.

Allison's artwork is situated in resistance to the dehumanizing and fragmenting effects of technological culture. All her pieces create sensory experiences that re-connect people to the physical world, an approach developed while a student at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit.

Allison is an arts educator and is currently faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Here she has developed original coursework in sustainable textile production, and fiber-based design entrepreneurship. Prior, Allison taught at the University of Illinois, where she managed teams of instructors to deliver the architecture foundations design program there. 

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.

Allison's design work 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.