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Designer Profile: Andy Spade of “Partners & Spade”

30 Nov

Andy Spade

Exterior of Partners & Spade




Andy & Kate Spade







Designer Profile: Nicholas Mosse

23 Nov




Designer Profile: Madeleine Weinrib

23 Nov


Etsy Find: jeffbuildsfurniture

23 Oct

-profile of Etsy artist/outline questions in Q & A form/encourage support of independent artisans, local/community people

-How did you become _____?

-How would you describe your work?

-What are your major influences?

-Which is more important (do you enjoy more?) in/to the work–the process or the product?

-What are some of your signature pieces?

-What inspires you?

-Do you have anyone/anything in particular in mind when you design your pieces?

-What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your years as an artist?



-Etsy store:

excerpt from Etsy listing:


This lovely farm table is made entirely from lumber salvaged from a barn built in 1884.

Beautiful red painted siding was saved and faced outward on the skirt. The legs were aged to match the apron using a combination of textured undercoat of brown and gray, with a flat barn red crackled over the textured surface, then finished with a dark brown glaze. Top is made from four barn boards reversed and cleaned to their original patina. Four sandings ensued with a final coating of five coats of hand applied Watco Oil. The result is a durable finish with a smooth, velvety feel.

Top fixed to the base using finest quality wood screws covered over with oak pegs, left natural.

Base is assembled using traditional mortise and tenon joints.

Dimensions are 84″ x 45″ – other sizes available, other base colors available…

Made in Minnesota

Designer Profile: Maira Kalman

8 Aug

Her drawings might be familiar but odds are the name is new–Maira Kalman has been entertaining us with her whimsical illustrations for years while working with such venerable partners such as the New Yorker, Kate Spade, and the New York Times.

Kalman was recently was named as a finalist for a National Design Award (2010) for “Communication Design.”  Her contributions to the field of design are as varied as they are plentiful–she has created products for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, fabric for the fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi and illustrated twelve children’s books and an edition of E.B. White’s classic book Elements of Style.

Whoa! This woman never rests.

Her latest adventure is a book based on her New York Times columns about American Democracy entitled And the Pursuit of Happiness which will be published in the fall.

Check out some of her work below (images from

National Design Awards…D.C. Does Design!

26 Jul

Awarded annually by the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, the National Design Awards honor those individuals or firms whose designs have demonstrated excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life.

This year’s honorees–winners and finalists–were feted at a lunch at the White House hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama (looking gorgeous in Isabel Toledo!).

This year’s winner for Interior Design is William Sofield, founder of Studio Sofield (–described as “an interdisciplinary design collective, integrating landscape, residential, retail, corporate, hospitality, and furniture design.”

Sofield’s projects have included more than 900 retail boutiques around the world for Tom Ford, Bottega Veneta, Yves St. Laurent, and Gucci as well as the SoHo Grand Hotel in New York.

Some examples of his beautiful work: