I am truly inspired by the world around me. New Orleans is my world and muse. I love its ancient oaks, its green bayous, its rich architecture and exotic culture. This has a lot to do with my sensibility to color and design. I love creating peaceful, comfortable interiors with a real sense of place and a hint of surprise. I love a collected home rather than one that looks “decorated.” I am very classical in my approach to design but tailor each home to my clients' specific needs. No two people, that I have met, have ever been the same. So why should their home look like someone else's? It is very personal to me and I want to provide my clients with the upmost in that experience.
I am very sensitive to color and use it carefully. I believe that it adds so much to the feeling that one gets in a home. Everyone reacts differently to each color. Selecting the right combination paint colors can be difficult for most people but I always find colors that are pleasing to my clients and make them feel “at home”. I am told over and over again from my clients that their home is “peaceful, warm and inviting.” That is my goal and I apply it well to traditional or contemporary interiors.
I also have been influenced by my many travels: Paris, Provence, Venice, Palm Beach, as well as my native Georgia. I love being near the water. I am quite sure that is one of the key reasons that I personally love shades of aqua, blue and green so much. I also love the colors of the Southern landscape. I tend to use those naturally in a seamless effort to bring the outside in.
Scale and proportion are so important in creating an elegant and comfortable interior. I have an excellent sense of style but pay particular attention to scale as well as every little detail. My clients and I have formed long lasting friendships and I treasure that more than anything else. It is, after all, such a personal business – this art of creating the perfect home.
I have always worked with only the best in their fields to help me execute my design plans: This includes my longtime relationships with my drapery and bedding seamstress, wall covering installers, painters, faux finishers and upholsterers. I love to custom design upholstery for my clients' precise needs and to custom design all of my own window treatments and bed coverings.
I have been designing lovely and graceful interiors since 1974, when I first began working in this field. I spent many years in Palm Beach, Coral Gables and Winter Park, Florida before finally settling in New Orleans where I have lived for the past 35 years. I have worked with many other wonderful interior designers for a number of years and have learned well from them. Everyone has different strengths and I have tried to look at them collectively and take the best of what each had to offer me. My whole life has been surrounded by beauty and all I wish to do is to share that knowledge and create beautiful spaces.
I have been fortunate over the many years to have garnered wonderful coverage in the media of both print and on television. My various projects have been featured nationally in such publications as House Beautiful, Southern Accents, House & Garden, New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, Louisiana Homes & Gardens, The Times Picayune, Artists and Art Galleries of the South, In-Style and others. I have also been featured on HGTV “Homes Across America” and in books on design and interiors: The Southern Cosmopolitan, New Orleans Style/Past & Present, Stealing Magnolias, Southern Comfort: The Garden District of New Orleans, Romantic Homes, The Wall Street Journal and others. I have also garnered many mentions on countless blogs discussing interior design, fashion, color and style.
I look forward to meeting you and hopefully working together with you to create something truly inspired.
Visit the Website: http://halwilliamson.com
New Orleans Week <> KHB INTERIORS - Award winning interior design firm creating customized and unique luxury interior design projects.
Experienced customization specialist at your service.
Principal designer Kelly Hopkins Brown is an expert in interior design and interior decorating and has strong skills and background in marrying the antique charm of New Orleans homes and furnishings with current and on-trend furniture and finishes.
Kelly has years of experience in interior design for busy professionals like physicians, surgeons, attorneys and business owners and other successful entrepreneurs who don't have the time to devote to the design of their homes, and also empty-nesters whose home is just not working for them any longer. As a customization specialist Kelly successfully meets the wants and needs of her clientele. The projects are meticulously and lavishly styled to meet each client's individual preferences.
For new construction projects, Kelly is an expert who advocates for her clients in a variety of ways from suggested uses of rooms and spaces along with builder and architect meetings to specify the client’s preferences for things like lighting, ceiling height, cabinetry finishes, and every other specific detail.
Get access to a strong network of resources and suppliers.
Working with KHB Interiors gives you access to their team of trade only vendors, suppliers, contractors, and other service providers. Kelly has develop strong relationships and continues with her design services to help client to maintain their luxury lifestyle.
A word from Kelly...
Each client is as different as their residences and their wants and needs are different as well. I feel their home should reflect that. I purposely avoid imposing a signature style or my favorite style upon my clients so from the entryway, to the finishes, to the light fixtures, to the sconces in the master bedroom, I purposely don't duplicate and use the same products. My commitment to customization begins from the very beginning of a design project and goes down to the very last detail.
Interior Design is a very personal business, and that's exactly why I love it! I've been getting personal with design, furniture, art etc. ever since I can remember. Rearranging furniture, designing window treatments and selecting furnishings. I say it's personal because you and your design professional spend a lot of time together, so it's best you find the perfect match for you - it's a personal choice and you want someone whom you enjoy!
Visit the Website: http://www.khbinteriors.com
After escaping my hometown, the hilly little civil war town of Vicksburg, Mississippi, I got a BFA in Metalsmithing and Painting from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. It was there I realized that I could basically do whatever the hell I wanted, from hopping freight trains to smiting enemies that dared to cross me. With this new attitude towards the world, I hopped some trains, smited some enemies and picked up an MFA with a focus on Metalsmithing from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. I taught metalsmithing for the 3 years while attending KU.
In 2003, the dirty South got her talons back into me. I settled 230 miles downriver from my hometown, Vicksburg, in New Orleans, and worked at Loyola University teaching basic design for 1 1/2 years.
Besides the melting and molding of metal, my other fields of interest include a fascination with ecology and the impact technology has on different cultures. These days I make ends meet fighting fires with the NOFD, selling home-made bio-diesel to famous athletes, and hawking my wares on this website (despite a physically visible aversion to computers and questionable keyboarding skills).
My wife, Jeanne, and I live in the seventh ward of New Orleans where we get to continuously tackle the challenges and frustrations of life in the post-diluvial crescent city, like having our dog eaten by an alligator. Though I guess that could’ve happened before the storm, too.
Visit the Website: http://rosslunz.com
For 18 years, New Orleans native, Katie Koch, has been designing and engineering beautiful, hand-sewn window treatments for a discerning clientele. From the simple and tailored to the lush and opulent, her imaginative drapery creations transcend trends and interpret her client’s individual aesthetics with a keen eye for detail.
Having sewn since childhood and worked in the retail end of fashion for several decades, Koch launched her eponymous business, Katie Koch Drapery, in 1997. She initially worked out of her home and later opened a workroom specializing in drapery, slipcovers, pillows, bedcoverings and upholstery. In 2008, she and her husband, Marc Levy, opened Oops, a consignment store dealing in designer furniture and home décor.
Over the past five years, Koch has expanded Katie Koch to include a design showroom with an extensive fabric library and a personally-curated inventory of vintage furniture with an emphasis on Mid-Century Modern pieces, many of which have a designer provenance. Both her shop, located near the Magazine Street shopping district, and her website, are destinations for the design trade and the consumer with an interest in sophisticated and fresh interior design directions.
In 2013, Katie Koch added a new line of classic, Billy Baldwin-inspired upholstered furniture and an urbane collection of snakeskin home-accessories imported from Europe and exclusively available to the New Orleans area at Katie Koch.
Learn more about Koch’s design services and view her expertly chosen compendium of vintage furnishings and complementary goods
Visit the Website: katiekochhome.com
About Rivers Spencer
Growing up in Jackson, Mississippi Rivers learned the elements of classic Southern design, which has served as her foundation in creating her own timeless style. After graduating from Ole Miss she ventured to the Nation’s Capital for a few years before making the decision to pursue a legal career. She unexpectedly found herself escaping from the stressful preparation of law school by teaching herself to faux finish antique furniture in her grandmother’s garage. Once she realized she had a passion for creating beautiful things, Rivers threw herself headlong into learning every aspect of the design industry.
About Interior Design
After traveling the country buying, as well as reading every design book she could get her hands on, she opened her first store in the famous design district on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Outgrowing her first space after only two years in business, Rivers took an icon of New Orleans architecture, the double shotgun, and transformed it into a jewel box showroom to give the feel of a beautifully curated home. Stepping into a home designed by Rivers is like stepping into both the past and present. You will see hints of 18th century walnut combined with white lacquer, gold leaf, and the patina of antiquity which create an interior that is both fresh and timeless. The finished product showcases Rivers’ style which will always be…Timeless, Elegant, Tailored, Fresh.
About the Collection
Rivers also designs a collection of elegantly appointed furniture, the ‘Rivers Spencer Collection,’ which is bench made and hand finished by artisans in the city of New Orleans. In her latest venture, Rivers has partnered with Tritter Feefer Home Collection, an American made furniture company based in Georgia, to create a new line of furniture, ‘Rivers Spencer for Tritter Feefer’, which debuted at High Point Market in Fall 2015. She now has a career she loves, and when she isn’t working with her clients, designing furniture for her collection, or traveling to source antiques, you will find her on the tennis court or at Audubon Park with her black lab, Zeus.
About the Store: 3909 Magazine Street
Rivers Spencer Interiors is 3000 square foot retail showroom located in the heart of the design district of Magazine Street – the premier shopping destination in New Orleans. Rivers converted a double shotgun into a elegantly designed showroom which is designed to make the customer feel as though they have entered a typical New Orleans home. The store features a great collection of local artists, antiques, curated vintage, modern pieces, and her own Rivers Spencer Collection that she currently designs and produces in the City of New Orleans. She is the exclusive dealer for Verellen, a handsomely tailored line of upholstery out of High Point, North Carolina, and also has the Magazine Street exclusive for Hickory Chair. The showroom features Visual Comfort lighting and Aerin accessories. While the showroom is fully outfitted, she emphasizes customization and is happy to help you create a piece to your specifications.
Visit the Website: https://riversspencer.com
New Orleans Week<> Shaun Smith Home - decor that respects the client's sensibility and exhibits our unmistakable polished Style.
Shaun Smith Home is a full service design firm, lifestyle brand and shopping destination on historic Magazine Street in New Orleans, LA. Shaun, a 2015 Next Wave designer for House Beautiful magazine is known for a look that appears more collected than decorated, clean yet classic. His shop is an ever changing amalgamation of styles, objects, antiques, vintage finds and rare curiosities.
Visit the Website: http://shaunsmithhome.com
New Orleans Week<> Kathy Slater - furniture inspired by the rich culture and history of New Orleans.
Handcrafted and hand finished furniture designs inspired by the rich culture and history of New Orleans.
Visit our website for exciting classic and contemporary furniture designed by Kathy Slater. We offer custom sizing and finishes in most of the designs. Call or email with any questions, quotes, or additional photos.
“Kathy Slater's tables are beautifully crafted with iron bases and stone, mirror, or soft natural wood table tops. They evoke a classic New Orleans style that is graceful and timeless.”
Visit the Website: https://www.kathyslater.com
New Orleans Week<> Tara Shaw - Creating timeless design with European antiques and modern accessories.
Tara Shaw is an elegant and fearless designer. Her design principles stem from her firm belief that the interior design should be a reflection of the soul. Simple beauty can create an atmosphere of creativity which can shape the direction of our lives. Surrounding yourself with pieces you love and which hold artistic and historical meaning can be uniquely powerful. In her early life this New Orleans-based designer found her love for antiques through her maternal grandmother. Their special relationship forged a Tara’s discernible eye for fine European furnishings .
Known for her luxury European antiques and impressive interior stylings, Tara has experienced 20 years of success as an antique wholesaler. Her design philosophy has inspired countless exquisite interiors for members of the trade and fans alike. Her distinctive vision paired with her entrepreneurial spirit, challenged her to create her own line of antique reproduction and custom furniture, Maison, in 2007. Spending many years in Asia producing her line, Tara chose to return to the city she admires so much and continue her line of modern bespoke design using local artisans. New Orleans has always offer Tara inspiration. Influenced by the city’s historic architecture and European like sensibility, it has set the backdrop for her now famous portfolio.
Shaw’s signature style of anchoring a room with timeless Old World pieces mixed with her reproduction line, contemporary art and luxurious finishes opened the door for her to take on multiple celebrity design projects. Shaw has been featured on design television programs with HGTV and frequents the covers of international shelter magazines. Licensing with Restoration Hardware in 2013, Shaw maintains a prosperous career in product design and interior decorating. She continues to reside in Uptown New Orleans with her loving husband Robert Walsh and darling whippet child Brother Lucca.
Visit the Website: https://tarashaw.com
The Mission of the Wende Museum: Preserve, Inspire, Explore
The mission of the Wende Museum is to preserve Cold War art, culture, and history from the Soviet Bloc countries, inspire a broad understanding of the period, and explore its enduring legacy.
Named for the Wende (pronounced “venda”), a German word meaning “turning point” or “change” that has come to describe the transformative period leading up to and following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the Wende Museum:
The Vision of the Wende Museum 2016-2018: TransformationRecognizing the Wende Museum’s growing stature since its foundation in 2002, the City of Culver City has provided the 1949 National Guard Armory building and grounds to the Museum for 75 years.
The Museum’s vision is to seize the opportunity provided by the move into the Armory in 2017 to fully implement its experimental approach to making the history of this period relevant to today’s audiences, and to achieve financial sustainability.
The Armory building is where the two industries that powered the economy of Los Angeles in the post-World War II period – defense and movies – converged. The defense industry was moved into high gear by the Cold War; the movie industry promoted, shaped, and later also criticized Cold War politics and culture. A building once designed to prepare for World War III will now be reimagined as a cultural center for preserving and interpreting Cold War art and history.
Examining the history of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union can be fraught with political and personal bias, and the complex, often contradictory stories that underlie the Museum’s artifacts may provoke uncomfortable questions. The Museum’s location in Los Angeles provides independence and critical distance from current political debates in Europe, and also facilitates the questioning of preconceived ideas about our past and present. Moreover, the Museum’s physical remoteness from Central and Eastern Europe has enabled it to attract significant artifacts and collections that might otherwise have been destroyed as a result of emotional and political reactions.
Visit the Website: https://www.wendemuseum.org
Seventy-five years ago, in Los Angeles, with a no-interest loan from Dutch philanthropist Dr CH Van Der Leeuw, Viennese-American architect Richard Neutra built a radical "glass house" with rooftop and balcony gardens on Silverlake Boulevard. He called it the VDL Research house, after his benefactor. It was designed to accommodate his office and two families on a small 60 x 70 foot lot.
Seven years later, as his family expanded, he built a garden house on the back of the lot. This compact wing had walls that slid open onto a pocket garden to be shared by the addition and main house. In 1963 after a disastrous fire, that left unscathed only the 1940 Garden house and basement of the original wing, Richard and his son and partner Dion Neutra had a chance to redesign the main house. Two floors and a penthouse solarium were built on the original prefabricated basement structure. They applied what the practice had learned in the interim about sun louvers, water roofs, "nature-near", and physiologically motivated design.
It is a place, which could tell many stories. Over a thirty-year period hundreds of projects on four continents were designed there. These included the country's first modern school, many distinguished residences, and important public buildings. At mid century Neutra's influence was pervasive. In 1949 a Time Magazine cover story characterized him as "second only to lordly Frank Lloyd Wright". VDL saw the beginning of the careers of architects who came as apprentices to work there from all over the world including, among others Gregory Ain, Raphael Soriano and Donald Wexler. Photographer Julius Shulman's career started with this office. VDL played host to cultural figures like Frank Lloyd Wright, László Moholy-Nagy, Jorn Utzon, Charles and Ray Eames; religious figures like Robert Schuller and J. Krishnamurti; scientists like Rene Dubos and Linus Pauling; and to political figures and activists like John Anson Ford, Frank Wilkinson and Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
In 2017 the Neutra VDL House was named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
VDL Today and Mission
The Neutra VDL Studio and Residences (1932, 1939, and 1965) of famed modernist architect Richard Neutra is under the stewardship of the College of Environmental Design (ENV) at Cal Poly Pomona. The primary mission of the College with respect to VDL is to use the house as an educational resource for students and faculty, to preserve and maintain the property, to make the house accessible to visitors through tours given by CPP ARC students, and to host arts and culture programs that strengthen the facility's mission as a community resource. The property and installation is open to visitors on Saturdays from 11am to 3pm.
Since 2008 Professor Sarah Lorenzen has served as its Resident Director managing programming, educating student docents, and overseeing the resoration of the house. In 2010 Sarah began an exhibition program where artists/architects are invited to spend time in residence and to create in-situ installations that respond to the architecture, the period in which the house was built, or the history of Richard Neutra. Previous installations include: Fort Da Sampler by Santiago Borja (2010), Architectones by Xavier Veilhan (2012), Inverting Neutra by Bryony Roberts (2013), Competing Utopias a collaboration between the Wende Museum and the VDL House (2014), and Wet Horizons by Luis Callejas (2015), CORNERSTONE by Les Frères Chapuisat (2017).
Visit the Website: http://neutra-vdl.org
Modernica is home to the historic fiberglass presses that have been used in the production of thousands of chairs for over three generations.
For over 25 years, Modernica has proudly built each piece of furniture, one-by-one, at its five-acre campus in Los Angeles. It has been family owned and operated since it opened and is home to a world-class upholstery and woodshop.
Modernica is responsible for revitalizing the almost lost art of high-pressure fiberglass molding. The factory is home to the historic fiberglass presses and specialized machinery that has been used in the production of thousands of chairs for over three generations. Since 1999, Modernica has steadfastly produced the chairs as they were originally created, preserving the fiberglass chair legacy and craft.
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NASIRI CARPETS - the highest quality rugs for interior designers, architects, and rug and art enthusiasts.
The Nasiri family’s passion for rugs has gained them accolades in the rug collectors’ market – an extensive network of rug production, and they bring the best of these rugs to their New York showroom.
The combined talent of the Nasiri Brothers has created a quality of area rug that is considered to be on par with the great Persian collectible rugs of the 19th centuries. NASIRI is inspired by the heirloom carpets now sold at auction at Christies and Sotheby’s, and the Nasiri’s are masters of the techniques used in making these rugs. A favorite of the interior design community, NASIRI Carpets’ employs a natural dyeing process, using colors extracted from plant pigments.
NASIRI’s mission is to produce the highest quality rugs for interior designers, architects, and rug and art enthusiasts.
Visit the Website: www.nasiricarpets.com
It is every architect’s dream to build with light. The Stickbulb collection takes this aspiration literally. Sleek wooden beams come in one to six foot lengths and are designed to plug into and out of various steel hardware connectors without tools. The result is a light-up erector set of interchangeable components that allows for unlimited customization and creativity.
Inspired by a pile of long linear wooden cut-offs in their workshop, RUX designers challenged themselves to develop a truly sustainable lighting system. As a starting point, they only considered designs that could be manufactured locally and affordably within a five mile radius of their New York City office. They chose to use reclaimed and sustainably sourced woods as a primary building material, and sourced energy efficient LED technologies and components. The collection was designed with the least number of parts possible and with connections that make the pieces easy to separate for maintenance, recycling, or reuse.
Stickbulb was co-founded in 2012 by RUX Founder and Creative Director Russell Greenberg, and Partner Christopher Beardsley.
Visit the Website: www.stickbulb.com
Adelphi Paper Hangings offers wallpapers that are reproduced using the same hand-printing methods and materials employed circa 1720-1860, after which machine printing methods began to dominate the industry. Our work is based on exhaustive and continuing research into methods, materials, techniques and styles. Each order is individually hand printed by skilled artisans without compromises in quality, historical accuracy or consistency.
Working from original documents that range from an entire wall's worth of antique wallpaper to a modest box of faded, water damaged scraps still attached to chunks of plaster, Adelphi Paper Hangings has successfully reproduced wallpapers which date from the 1740s through the 1930s. By understanding the nature of historic paints, the muting effect of time, as well as the historic context and fashions, Adelphi Paper Hangings can successfully interpret documentary evidence and accurately reproduce the style, character and look of original period documents.
In addition to historic American, French and English patterns from its own extensive collection of original wallpaper documents, Adelphi offers patterns licensed from the archives of Historic New England, The Smithsonian Institution, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Old Sturbridge Village, the New York State Historical Association, the Musée du Papier Peint (Rixheim, France), and from many other historic institutions and private collections.
Our commitment to quality, historical accuracy and uncompromised production values are our assurance to customers that Adelphi products are the finest quality block printed papers available on the market today.
Visit the Website: www.adelphipaperhangings.com
ZELOUF+BELL - an intensely personal new modernism, a distillation of what delights and moves, informed by that which came before.
Studio furniture makers ZELOUF+BELL and their team of master craftsmen have been making museum-quality furniture to commission in their workshop in Ireland since 1992. Their award-winning work is in private collections, public offices, embassy residences, churches and museums, at home and abroad.
The alliance of Belfast-born Michael Bell and New Yorker Susan Zelouf may seem a collision of cultures and characters; instead, a kind of alchemy occurs, engendering extraordinary pieces grounded in practicality, a dialogue between art, design and history. “We don’t fit in, but for us that’s a strategy.” Theirs is an intensely personal new modernism, a distillation of what delights and moves them, informed by that which came before. ZELOUF+BELL are represented in New York by Maison Gerard, in Dublin by Solomon Fine Art and in the colourful Parisian showrooms of David Hicks France. The National Museum of Ireland acquired three Zelouf+Bell pieces for the museum's permanent collection.
Recent projects include the redesign of Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud (Ireland's only two star Michelin) and conference furniture for the Department of Enterprise and Employment, Kildare Street, Dublin.Zelouf+Bell garnered two awards at the Architectural Digest Show 2015; Best Decorative Accessory by IFDA (International Furnishing and Design Association) and Best Overall Craftsmanship by Adorno Magazine. Recent articles about their work appeared in Modern Magazine, Financial Times 'How To Spend It', The Sunday Times and The Irish Arts Review.
Visit the Website: www.zeloufandbell.com
Boyd and Evans - an enduring obsession with the landscape of the United States (particularly the South West).
"There is a large element of play in making art. About the time we started working together we heard/read Harold Pinter say something similar to this quote. We tried putting pictures of two disparate people in a space to see what would happen, and that was how we found our language. It formed one of the two foundation stones of our partnership. The other was Rene Magritte. Looking at the world through the filter of his work, moments in everyday life began to look just as startling. So, someone looking up over their shoulder became dazzlingly strange and complex as they made a physical connection between the earth and the sky, appearing simultaneously optimistic and apprehensive. There was already a story both factual and emotional. We attempt to collect such moments with a camera. Narrative Painting in Britain in the 20th Century, at the Camden Arts Centre in 1970, was the first public exhibition to show our work. Since then 'narrative' has been the one label we would accept without flinching. We do not like being referred to as realists, whether hyper-, super-, photo-, or just plain. Reality is so different from a picture. There is never any confusion. 'Pictorial' would be better, 'representational' quite good enough. Representation is a language, and as such can lie and fantasize as well as tell the truth. Although most of our pictures represent credible situations there is no rule, and we often play with surreal spaces and situations." ... Boyd & Evans, 1996
Boyd and Evans started working together in 1968. They have travelled extensively to find images for their work, including periods in the Malaysian Peninsula and Borneo. Their most enduring obsession though is with the landscape of the United States (particularly the South West). This research has formed the majority of their artistic output whether it be painting or photography. Although probably better known as painters, photography has always been a serious integral part of their practice. To start with their photographs were mainly source material for the paintings, capturing images when it wasn't practical to paint them. But recent years have seen a shift in their work. Extensive research and experimentation have resulted in an increasing understanding of how photographs can be reformed to convey the essence and substance of a landscape which otherwise could only have existed in their mind's eye or as pigment laid down on canvas.
Visit the Website: www.boydandevans.com
MATOUK - enriching the lives of our customers and their families by creating the most beautiful and beloved collection of bed and bath linens.
In 1929, John Matouk founded our company with a mission to give Americans ready access to the world’s most luxurious linens. From an early age Mr. Matouk, born the son of a fine jeweler in Damascus, Syria, was steeped in the principles of meticulous workmanship and good taste. As a young man he immigrated to Italy where he learned the fine linens business, gaining particular expertise in the intricate lace and extraordinary hand-work that were very much part of the Italian tradition. He began exporting Italian linens to the United States, developing a partnership with the famous Olga Asta linen and embroidery house located in St. Marks Square in Venice.xMr. Matouk fulfilled his lifelong dream to make a life in the United States in July of 1929, arriving in New York with trunks of the exquisite linens that he had discovered in Italy. Even in those difficult times there were those who had a passion for fine things and the means to afford them, and the first Matouk products soon became sought after by the finest stores and private customers.
During World War II, with his supply lines from Europe cut off, Mr. Matouk moved his production to the U.S., opening the first Matouk factory in Manhattan. When linen became scarce during wartime, he pioneered a special blended fabric of mohair, rayon and cotton. This became Matouk’s first signature tablecloth.
In 1963, John’s son, George F. Matouk Sr., joined the business and three years later he became president. During his 36 years leading the company, George Sr. grew Matouk from a maker of fine table linens to a full-service luxury home textile source for the bed, bath and table. In 1985, George Sr. moved the factory from Manhattan to southern New England, home to both a tradition of American textile production and a community of skilled craftspeople who continue to practice the art of embroidery and monogramming for which Matouk is known around the world.
Today, the Matouk factory and headquarters are located in Fall River, Massachusetts in a world-class facility that features a solar energy system, advanced production technologies, and an environment committed to promoting the health and well being of our employees. At Matouk old world techniques live hand-in-hand with state of the art tools and production philosophies.
Under the leadership of John Matouk’s grandson, George Matouk Jr., the company remains committed to, and invigorated by, our purpose of enriching the lives of our customers and their families by creating the most beautiful and beloved collection of bed and bath linens.
Visit the Website: www.matouk.com
AFTER MOVING TO DUMBO, BROOKLYN IN 2011, CAMERON QUICKLY FOUND A MEANS TO UTILIZE HIS PASSION FOR DESIGN AND FABRICATION. HE SPENT HIS PRELIMINARY YEARS COLLABORATING WITH LOCAL DESIGNERS TO CREATE PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS AND FURNITURE.
IN 2013 HE FOUNDED CAM CROCKFORD DESIGN, AND HAS BEEN FABRICATING CUSTOM FURNITURE FOR THE PREMIER INTERIOR DESIGNERS OF NYC.
IN 2016 CAM BROUGHT US HIS FIRST PERSONAL COLLECTION, HAVING SHOWCASED AT BROOKLYN DESIGNS, ICFF, AND HAMPTONS CONTEMPORARY. HIS STUDIO IS LOCATED IN THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD.
Visit the Website: www.camcrockford.com
Here at LightArt, we love what we do. It is passion that drives us, and that same passion translates into pride. We pride ourselves in our craftsmanship and creativity. Not only is each fixture handmade with expert precision, but also we believe every project, whether custom commissions or standard products, should be truly awe-inspiring.
We are people that love to make things both for work and for fun. In our free time we are musicians, dancers, sculptors, painters, compulsive doodlers, and more. We are enamored by the creative process and there is nothing we love more than creating something like you’ve never seen.
Visit the Website: www.lightart.com
ANNA by RabLabs - objects inspired by nature which fuse ancient, precious materials with cutting-edge design.
Designer Anna Rabinowicz launched her first home collection for RabLabs in 2002, creating objects inspired by nature which fuse ancient, precious materials with cutting-edge design. She uses a luxurious palette of materials, layering semiprecious gems including agate and crystal with the finishing touches of pure gold and sterling silver.
Anna has a long history of looking at nature for inspiration. Having designed such intricate objects as prosthetic knees and devices for cardiac surgery, she brings her experience and understanding of biology and nature to the design of elegant objects for the home. Working with skilled artisans in the United States and Brazil, her hand-crafted designs provide a much needed natural component to both modern and traditional interiors.
Anna has taught courses on design and social entrepreneurship at universities for over ten years, including at California College of Art and Design, Pratt Institute, and Parsons The New School for Design, where she is presently an Associate Professor.
Anna’s designs for RabLabs have been featured in top publications including The New York Times, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Harper's Bazaar, O Magazine, and New York Magazine. RabLabs items have been carried by such leading design venues as the Museum of Modern Art stores, Moss, and Barneys New York.
Visit the Website: www.annanewyork.com
Founded in 2003, SONNEMAN – A Way of Light is a tribute to contemporary lighting design as seen through the creative mind and lens of Robert Sonneman. From the late 1960's, Robert Sonneman pioneered modern lighting, making it an art form. World-renowned and acclaimed for clean lines and an alliance to form and function, Sonneman's award-winning pieces have been at the design forefront for over four decades.
The brand aesthetic speaks to Robert Sonneman's belief that design must be rooted in achieving functionality as successful working products to bear the SONNEMAN – A Way of Light moniker. Sonneman's sensibilities and prolific design vocabulary has grown to include a unique perspective of modernism that extends through the decorative arts and architectural genres of the 20th & 21st centuries, which spans several modern movements of industrial and architectural design.
"I continue to investigate the evolutionary and the revolutionary as the basis for developing a cosmopolitan American style," said Robert Sonneman.
Visit the Website: www.sonnemanawayoflight.com
Zaniboni® is the Contract Division of Cantalupi USA. For the past decade, Cantalupi USA has been the #1 leading source of Yacht Lighting in the USA.
In the last five years, due to rapid growth and demand, Cantalupi USA created Zaniboni Lighting— a separate, well identified division and brand name to address the growing demand of the Hospitality and Architectural markets. Zaniboni's Mission is to provide Customers with Signature Lighting Fixtures and Accessories that elevate the aesthetics and experience of guests in any hospitality space. Boutique Hotels and Five-Star Resorts require continuous attention in making their guest's experience unique. The unique design and quality of the Zaniboni® products responds to the need of Architects and Designers; making their ability to win contracts a realization.
Our commitment to You, is that we will never deliver a dull and boring fixture.
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I have nothing to say about my art. I will leave that to others. Everything that drives me, and drives my art and the mishmash of everything I do in my life is my love for the earth and my awe of it all. How is it possible we are even alive? The great power and mystery surrounds us every minute of every day. Everything – the plants, insects, winds, stars, rocks, animals, us – is a giant web of pure spirit. Nothing is separate from anything else. The spirit world surrounds us at all moments and is present in all things. If its possible we live in a planet surrounded by stars, then nothing is impossible.
My heart overflows with love for the beauty of this world. The mystery of this planet and this universe is too vast and too powerful to even begin to understand. All I know is that all life, even the rocks, need to be treated with respect.
The sacred laws of this world are of respect and reciprocity. When we stop following them, we as a species are out of balance with the rest of the world.
This wondrous planet, so full of mystery, is a paradise. All I want to do is give everything I have, my energy, my love, my labour – all of it in gratitude for what we are given. I’ll never be able to give back enough. My love for this world overwhelms me. My love for this world, and my love for everyone and everything is what drives me.
This past November (2016) I was honoured to be asked to deliver the Keynote Address at the Maamwizing Conference with Laurentian University at Science North, Sudbury, Ontario.
Titled “The Revolution Has Begun.” This is the last keynote speech I will give. I hope. Its a reflection of my passion for the earth but also my fears for the future generations.
We have entered a new era of water. It is the era of what is to be a world wide water revolution. Led by the people. Regular people like you and me who want nothing more than to have clean water for their children and a clean world for the next generations.
I have turned down invitations to speak since I gave this speech and will continue to do so. My reason for not wanting to give any more keynotes will become obvious as you listen, where I discuss the land heist known as Canada, broken Treaties, the failures of reconciliation, the education system and the failure of conferences and the need for us to act and shift our thinking away from individual and collective “rights” towards “responsibilities”.
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For almost eight decades, Leolux has been choosing the evolutionary route. Innovation and calm growth, steady but with a clear goal.
The broad Leolux collection offers a wide choice of designer furniture. In every modern style, from familiar contemporary to avant-garde design, from design sofas and design corner sofas to designer armchairs and footstools. But also side tables, coffee tables, dining tables and dining chairs. All made to order, so your Leolux design furniture gets a very personal touch.
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Hickory Chair is a 104-year-old furniture maker located in Hickory, North Carolina where nearly 90% of our entire wood and upholstery assortment is made custom to order.
Our designer licensed collections include Alexa Hampton, Mark Hampton, Suzanne Kasler, Mariette Himes Gomez and Susan Hable. In addition, we have licensed furniture collections with the James River Plantations, the Winterthur Country Estate Museum and Albert Sack. From classic to modern you can have it made to order.
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