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Inside the Black Interior Designers Network

weekly feature | April 19, 2017
By Katy B. Olson It’s the country’s largest and quickest-growing professional organization for black interior designers, providing its members with networking and business development opportunities as well as client referrals and access to a proprietary buying group. The Black Interior Designer...

Designer Raf Simons releases latest in Kvadrat collection series

weekly feature | April 12, 2017
By Katy B. Olson Belgian-born fashion designer Raf Simons—who launched his own label prior to much-heralded stints at Dior, Jil Sander and Calvin Klein, where he’s currently chief creative officer—has released his fourth textile collection with Kvadrat. Unveiled late last month in a special ins...

Los Angeles welcomes new collectible 21st-century design gallery

weekly feature | April 5, 2017
By Katy B. Olson A new 21st-century design gallery at the Pacific Design Center, the brainchild of consultant Sean Yashar of The Culture Creative and interior designer Oliver M. Furth of Oliver M. Furth Design and Decoration, will serve as home for “designers, artists, and makers who elude cate...

14 must-sees during next week’s Salone del Mobile

weekly feature | March 29, 2017
By Katy B. Olson Glamorized IKEA hacks from Tom Dixon, a carnival-inspired, gloriously reimagined subway station from Lee Broom, submerged silicon vases from nendo: Whether onsite at the sprawling Fieramilano complex or in the heart of the chic Brera Design District, Salone del Mobile and its a...

First-time custom furniture start-up founder takes voyage into interiors

weekly feature | March 15, 2017
By Katy B. Olson Maiden Home was born of frustration: Nidhi Kapur founded the newly launched sofa and chair brand in response to her own decorating woes. Named after her journey to decorate her own first home, in New York, the start-up today provides the kind of handcrafted, North Carolina–ma...

Meredith relaunches House & Garden with Stephen Orr as EIC

weekly feature | March 8, 2017
By Katy B. Olson The new House & Garden is more of a special project, or a toe-dip, than a total overhaul. As Stephen Orr, who serves as VP/editor in chief of Better Homes & Gardens and spent a decade of his career at House & Garden in its prior incarnation, explains, “It’s a title ...

Traditional Home’s new EIC discusses her plans for the publication

weekly feature | March 1, 2017
By Katy B. Olson The new role of Traditional Home editor in chief is a childhood dream fulfilled for Des Moines, Iowa–based Jill Waage, and also signals a more digital focus for the 28-year-old publication. Waage, who most recently served as editorial director of digital content and products fo...

DesignLA magazine to debut with Michael Wollaeger at the helm

weekly feature | February 22, 2017
By Katy B. Olson The Los Angeles design scene is evolving, and fast, yet the landscape is lacking a cohesive voice—this, says editor Michael Wollaeger, is where DesignLA, a glossy to be produced with the Los Angeles Times, comes in. Casting a spotlight on the city’s residential and commercial a...

Showtime! IMM Cologne kicks off this year’s design calendar

weekly feature | February 8, 2017
By Arianne Nardo Last month, the 2017 trade show calendar commenced with the IMM Cologne and LivingKitchen fair in Germany, and it was clear that exhibitors came to rock da haus. From January 16 through 19, the Koelnmesse fairgrounds saw more than 150,000 visitors—the first time the show h...

Brooklyn-based Billy Cotton opens brick-and-mortar for the trade

weekly feature | February 1, 2017
By Katy B. Olson The self-described former “high-end handyman” Billy Cotton is opening his brick-and-mortar Brooklyn studio doors for the first time in an effort to engage and work more intimately with interior designers. The focus is shifting to more personal interactions as his multi-discipli...

Scalamandré and STARK Fabric announce merger

weekly feature | January 18, 2017
By Katy B. Olson STARK is merging its fabric division with Scalamandré, creating a new company under the Scalamandré name and bringing together the companies’ product lines as well as their sales, design and marketing teams in the process. The two brands will each own the newly created entity, ...

KBIS ushers in new kitchen-bath innovations this week

weekly feature | January 11, 2017
Gaggenau, Ann Sacks and Artistic Tile are just a few of the industry innovators appearing at The National Kitchen & Bath Show, which is currently unfolding in Orlando and bringing with it the latest in kitchen and bath upgrades, innovations and gadgets. Below, we tally some of this year’s mo...

Ira Glazer, formerly of Heritage Home Group, buys EF+LM

weekly feature | January 4, 2017
By Katy B. Olson The news broke late last month: Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, in business since 1953 and known for its handcrafted, U.S.-made goods, was purchased by Ira Glazer, the former CEO of Heritage Home Group. What will change at the company, which runs three showrooms and is found in...

Designers’ Guide to Paris Déco Off and Maison&Objet

weekly feature | December 28, 2016
By Taylor Barker and Katy B. Olson Six of the chicest days of the interiors world’s year are swiftly approaching in Paris. Design fairs Maison&Objet (January 20–24) and Paris Déco Off (January 19­–23) mean that the City of Light will be aglow with a number of must-attend events: raising coc...

The Maryn: Michelle Adams turns her editorial eye toward e-commerce

weekly feature | December 21, 2016
By Katy B. Olson Giacometti-style lamps, wingback beds, a decorative mobile manifested by The Jungalow, and a selection of goods from “companies with a conscience,” ranging from Ghanian-woven basinets to Brooklyn-made dog beds: E-shop The Maryn is a decorator’s haven, and also industry vet Mich...

Schumacher CEO on staying cool at 126

weekly feature | December 14, 2016
Timur Yumusaklar has served as president and CEO of F. Schumacher & Co. since 2015. The exec, who hails from the tech and fashion realms, sat down with EAL to chat about how the company preserves its heritage without taking up permanent residence in the slow lane. Timur Yumusaklar Wh...

Decor pop-ups appear in New York in time for the holidays

weekly feature | December 7, 2016
By Katy B. Olson A bevy of design-focused pop-ups are appearing throughout New York just in time for the holiday season. Browse our guide, then browse the goods—all, of course, available for a limited time.    Mieke ten Have; Lili Diallo Panier Home The brainchild of New York–bred Mieke...

Custom designs from top French craftsmen and designers debut online–in one place

weekly feature | November 30, 2016
By Katy B. Olson One new platform is lifting the veil on previously un-purchasable pieces from top French interior design and architecture notables. The e-commerce concept, called The Invisible Collection, debuted earlier this autum and hosts work from 30 designers that has heretofore been avai...

Chatting with Consort on the eve of their NYC expansion

weekly feature | November 23, 2016
By Katy B. Olson As Consort prepares to open its doors in New York for the first time, co-founders Brandon Quattrone and Mat Sanders sat down with EAL to discuss their Big Apple roots and how the capital of design continues to influence both their aesthetic and their business model. Taking over...

New space in Brooklyn to provide home for creatives of all kinds

weekly feature | November 16, 2016
By Katy B. Olson Collaboration is the keyword at A/D/O, a newly debuting Greenpoint, Brooklyn, design space for designers of all stripes—and non-designers too. When it opens next month, the 23,000-square-foot center, a former bakery which affords panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, will u...

After a hiatus, Michael Bruno returns to the antiques world

weekly feature | October 19, 2016
By Katy B. Olson It’s been just about a month since Michael Bruno, founder of 1stdibs, the world’s largest antiques and luxury marketplace, was released from the confines of a non-compete clause that kept him temporarily out of the antiques game. But he has stayed busy, and next week he will la...

EAL premieres quarterly print magazine featuring in-depth industry news

weekly feature | October 12, 2016
By Katy B. Olson Shelter magazines are brimming with insights and inspiration for residential design—but not necessarily industry news for those who decorate and design the homes featured on their glossy pages. Earlier this week, The Editor at Large debuted Business of Home, its to-the-trade pr...

West Elm to open decor-driven boutique hotels

weekly feature | September 26, 2016
By Katy B. Olson West Elm is merging retail, hospitaltity and design with West Elm Hotels, a partnership with hospitality management and development company DDK. Design-driven properties will open in Detroit; Minneapolis; Savannah, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Indianapolis. West El...

200 Lex rings in 90 years, celebrates What’s New, What’s Next

weekly feature | September 21, 2016
By Katy B. Olson Today, the New York Design Center's 500,000 square feet is home to 100-plus tenants—including newcomers like Reagan Hayes and Aero, alongside stalwarts like Baker Furniture and Cliff Young Ltd.—all representing some 500 collections. But back in 1926, the Ely Jacques Kahn-design...

New luxury interiors fair to transform long-unseen Victorian venue next week

weekly feature | September 14, 2016
By Katy B. Olson Handblown Bohemian glass from Lasvit, handcrafted rugs from La Manufacture Cogolin, royalty-approved fabrics from iconic British house Gainsborough, and self-described “art that works” from Geoff Crook and Peter Jones of Crook & Jones will next week adorn Olympia’s Pillar H...

TEFAF arrives stateside: The gold standard art-design show descends upon NYC

weekly feature | September 7, 2016
By Taylor Barker and Katy B. Olson A diamond-patterned oak cabinet by French minimalist interior designer Jean-Michel Frank, Frida Kahlo’s “Plaster Corset with a Hammer and Sickle,” a second-century Roman marble torso… The most recent unveiling of The European Fine Art Fair, held in March in th...

Inside Hamlet, the furniture retailer–meets–decorator service

weekly feature | August 31, 2016
Home furnishings sales are on the rise—and so are design-in-a-box startups. None have yet mastered the know-how of a decorator with the business model of a furniture store. Enter Hamlet. The brainchild of a Stanford Business School grad—who also happened to have spent some time working at One Ki...

DFA begins rollout of #DoItFor campaign, targeting designers first

digital disruptors | August 17, 2016
By Katy B. Olson “Did you know [that consumers] search for ‘DIY’ 100 times more than ‘interior design’ and our industry is doing nothing about it?” the Decorative Furnishings Association asked in a to-the-trade email sent out yesterday. The DFA’s answer: Do It for Yourself, its new consumer-foc...
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