About


About Us

We are designers and printmakers with an affinity for tactile goods, sustainable materials and local production.

Founded in 2014, Duotone is a collaboration between Teri Rommelmann and Rick Granados.  With an appreciation for graphic patterns and vintage fabrics, they started on their creative journey together.

Teri is a California native and has a background in the fashion industry.  Her fascination with fashion began when her mother taught her to sew at the age of 5.  She has a deep love for David Bowie, Alexander Girard and Rei Kawakubo.  She is also a self-taught silversmith.

Teri’s interest in the unique and unconventional led to a career at Maxfield in Los Angeles, where she was exposed and inspired by forward thinking designers like Comme Des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto and Junya Watanabe.  After Maxfeild she worked for punk fashion pioneer Vivienne Westwood, with whom she shares opinions on fashion and the environment: “Buy less, choose well.  Quality, not quantity.”

Rick is a west coast transplant with a budding passion for cooking, a big crush on his Triumph, and a soft spot for all things music (with the exception of musicals).

Inspired by Minimalism, Op and Native American art, Rick began his career in graphic design after graduating from the School of Visual Arts in NYC.  Over the years he’s developed a deep understanding of type and image working for various creative agencies on both coasts.

Duotone: of two tones or colors, two perspectives, coming together.

 

Our Mission

Our design approach is guided by environmental responsibility, from our graphic language to the materials we choose. While we aim to create goods of visual interest, we also strive for low impact on our planet and person.

All of our products are designed and produced in California.

 

Our Process

All of our original prints are hand-printed utilizing the serigraphy (screenprinting) process. Each piece or panel of fabric is individually printed rather than traditional methods of roller, cylindrical or machine printing.

Our eco-friendly inks are water based and meet Oeko-Tex standards. They are PVC-free, Phthalate-free, and do not contain heavy metals or other harmful materials.

 

Our Fabric

We choose Belgian linen because it is one of the most sustainable textiles known to man.  The flax plant does not require irrigation during growth; and all parts of the plant are used, so there is no waste.  In addition, this linen is our material of choice because it is 100% biodegradable, recyclable and non-allergenic.  It is colorfast; and soft, yet durable.  The more it is used, the softer and stronger it becomes.

Flax linen acquires its natural color through the interaction of the sun, rain, and earth during the retting process.  These textiles are not dyed and contain no chemical residues.  It is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, which means it was tested and found to be free of harmful substances.

Our linen also comes from a CO2-neutral mill, which involves a 3-step process to reduce net carbon emissions to zero.  Some of the measures that were put into effect for this plan include green electricity, LED lighting, solar panels, and optimization of waste processing.

All of our products come with a certificate of origin from the Belgian Flax and Linen Association

 

Our Inserts 

We believe that what’s inside our pillows is just as important as what’s on the outside.  That’s why we’ve created custom-made down alternative inserts to fill our pillows perfectly, making them both sturdy and soft.  Each insert is filled with extra tufts of silky fiber; achieving the look and feel of a 100% down pillow, without feathers poking through or a flat appearance like traditional down inserts.

Our inserts are:

 

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