Modern Love Podcast: One Man’s Trash

Listen to a story about a man who couldn’t understand his feelings — until he decided to get rid of his couch.

#dating-and-relationships, #furniture, #grief-emotion, #love-emotion, #podcasts

Shaker Ideals Find New Acolytes in Food, Fashion and Art Worlds

Though the faith currently comprises one active community with two congregants, Shakerism’s ideals have found new acolytes in the food, fashion, art and design worlds.

#design, #fashion-and-apparel, #furniture, #shakers

Where to Find Free Furniture on N.Y.C’s Sidewalks

New York City curbs are awash in discarded furniture that can liven up your home or make you some money. We talked to some experts on how to find it.

#content-type-service, #furniture, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #salvage, #sidewalks

An Elegant Notting Hill Flat Enlivened By Maximalist Flourishes

It was renovating his home in London that helped Enis Karavil hone his aesthetic and led him to start his own design business.

#antiques, #design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #london-england

A Classic Paris Apartment Filled With Outré Design

With his thoughtfully arranged collection of Joe Colombo furniture and minimalist art, an exhibition producer has made an appealingly unexpected home for himself.

#art, #chairs, #colombo-joe-1930-71, #design, #furniture, #hauserwirth, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lamps-and-lampshades, #paris-france, #sculpture, #springdesign2022

A Greenwich Village Renovation That Steered Its Owners’ Line in a New Direction

Bessie and Oliver Corral of Arjé started designing home goods at the same time that they were remaking their duplex into a bright and minimalist sanctuary.

#arje-retailer, #design, #furniture, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #springdesign2022

A San Francisco Renovation Inspired by ‘American Gigolo’

When an interior designer and a software engineer set about renovating their new house, they had no idea what it would ultimately involve.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #san-francisco-calif

It Was Supposed to Be a Spec House. Then the Builder Got Emotionally Involved.

Building a house in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of Philadelphia was a business opportunity — that’s all. But something changed along the way.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #philadelphia-pa, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

A Classic Parisian Apartment Filled With Modern Design

By placing contemporary pieces amid original features, the architect Sophie Dries has created a space that privileges experimentation.

#architecture, #design, #dries-sophie, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #leschelier-marc, #paris-france, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sculpture

For a Modern ‘Brady Bunch,’ a Modernist Family Home in Seattle

When a music industry veteran and a novelist married, they had six children between them. The challenge was creating a place where everyone would be comfortable.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #seattle-wash

They Broke Up With Two Architects Before Finding the Right One

‘It’s like going through bad relationships,’ said an owner of the 1975 Bay Area home. ‘The house needed an architect who wasn’t so driven by ego.’

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #san-francisco-calif

They Remodeled Before Covid. Here’s What They Regret Now.

The live-work space in Jersey City, N.J., should have been ideal for lockdown. But hindsight born of a pandemic taught them a few things.

#content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

A Flea-Infested Former Convent: How Could They Resist?

The 1926 building owned by the Catholic Church looked as if it hadn’t been updated in decades. One Dallas family was charmed.

#dallas-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

A Rising Designer Brings Hip-Hop to Homeware

Sean Brown is the creative force behind Curves, a home décor brand inspired by African American pop culture. “I always aim to celebrate Blackness,” he said.

#black-people, #brown-sean-designer, #content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #rap-and-hip-hop

Commemorating Jan. 6, and Meting Out Justice

Readers praise President Biden’s “stirring speech” and urge more vigorous prosecution of “all those complicit.” Also: Trump on Jan. 6; a student’s anguish; baby furniture.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #furniture, #garland-merrick-b, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #supply-chain, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Parents Face Long Waits for Car Seats and Other Baby Items

Expectant parents have keenly felt the inconvenience of global shipping delays caused by the pandemic. With a baby due, “it’s a different ballgame.”

#babies-and-infants, #baby-carriages-strollers-and-carriers, #child-car-seats, #cribs-baby-beds, #delays-transportation, #furniture, #international-trade-and-world-market, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #shopping-and-retail, #supply-chain

Bethan Laura Wood’s Fantastical London Home

Bethan Laura Wood has made her name dreaming up transportive rainbow-hued furniture and housewares. Her own London home is just as fantastical.

#architecture, #art, #content-type-personal-profile, #design, #furniture, #handicrafts, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #london-england, #textiles, #wood-bethan-laura

A Tangier Home That Has Passed Between Design Legends

A 300-year-old house in Morocco has become a palimpsest of ideas and aesthetics, while both subverting and respecting the city’s own colorful legacy.

#furniture, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #holiday-issue-2021, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #knoll-inc, #palaces-and-castles, #tangier-morocco

Restoring a 1788 House in Charleston, S.C., With a Walled Garden

The stately 1788 home in South Carolina had expansive rooms and a walled garden. But it needed a lot of work — and that would take time and money.

#charleston-sc, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Supply Chain Shortages Help a North Carolina Furniture Town

The furniture capital of the state is ground zero for inflation, labor shortages, hot demand and limited supply. It’s debating how to cope.

#factories-and-manufacturing, #furniture, #hickory-nc, #inflation-economics, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #labor-and-jobs, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shortages, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

A Collector Who Fills His Los Angeles Home With Carefully Sourced Clutter

Jonathan Pessin has stuffed his apartment with the fruits of his obsessive search for the “best, weirdest version” of seemingly everything.

#art, #collectors-and-collections, #content-type-personal-profile, #flea-markets, #furniture, #holiday-issue-2021, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lofts, #los-angeles-calif, #loughlin-robert, #pessin-jonathan, #sculpture

In Florida, a Gut Renovation in Shades of Grape

The overwrought moldings in their neo-Classical home had begun to feel stuffy, so they redid the whole thing — with an emphasis on food and wine.

#delray-beach-fla, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Salon Fair, Still Focused on Decor, Now Back at the Armory

On Park Avenue, booths display an intersection of design and art, from Japanese metalwork to an American artist who trained with Tiffany.

#art, #design, #furniture, #goldberg-bernard-fine-arts, #hostler-burrows-manhattan-ny-retailer, #lobel-modern, #park-avenue-manhattan-ny, #park-avenue-armory-manhattan-ny, #salon-art-design-exhibit, #sculpture

A Paris Apartment That Spans Styles and Centuries

Blending French Empire pieces and more recent ones, the home of the antiquities dealer Jean-Paul Beaujard is as enchanting as the objects he collects and sells.

#antiques, #cocteau-jean, #design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #paris-france, #t-winter-travel

How the Memphis Design Movement Made a Comeback

Why the 1980s design phenomenon, named for a Bob Dylan song and an ancient Egyptian city, still appeals to every generation.

#architecture, #design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #memphis-group, #sottsass-ettore-jr

The Austin Bungalow Had Charm. But It ‘Needed Everything.’

After noticing a realtor ‘sitting, literally head in hand, on the front steps,’ a Texas couple decided to buy the house. That was two renovations ago.

#austin-tex, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

In New York, a Magazine Editor Who’s Also a Furniture Maker

This year, Emmanuel Olunkwa was named the editor of Pin-Up — and debuted his own playful yet minimalist designs.

#chairs, #content-type-personal-profile, #design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #olunkwa-emmanuel, #t-presents-2021, #tables

The Artist Who Dreamed Up a Kaleidoscopic Basketball Court for London’s Canary Wharf

Yinka Ilori brings color and joy to an eclectic array of projects, whether he’s reimagining public spaces or designing furniture and housewares.

#architecture, #art, #chairs, #content-type-personal-profile, #design, #furniture, #ilori-yinka, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #t-presents-2021

A 17th-Century Mansion Reimagined for the Future

A Parisian couple has created a home that pays tribute to designers of generations past while also envisioning what is to come.

#design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #paris-france, #rabanne-paco, #t-design-and-luxury

For a New Generation of Woodworkers, Form Follows Function

In response to the colorful, zanier side of modern furniture, some American craftspeople are returning to elemental, straightforward and handmade pieces.

#chairs, #design, #desks, #furniture, #green-river-project, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #judd-donald, #t-design-and-luxury, #tables, #wood-and-wood-products

The Suburbs Beckoned, but They Found a Way to Stay in the City

When the rowhouse next door came on the market, one couple decided to remain in Washington, D.C., and merge the two houses. It wasn’t easy — or cheap.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #washington-dc

A Designer Who Starts By Building Dollhouse-Like Maquettes

In his studio in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Giancarlo Valle dreams up furniture and rooms with a palpable sense of playfulness.

#ceramics-and-pottery, #content-type-personal-profile, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #valle-giancarlo

A House in Tangier Untethered From Time and Place

With the help of a Casablancan designer, one expat art dealer creates a home that’s always undergoing its next update.

#architecture, #design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #morocco, #tangier-morocco

Before Renovating, They Had to Get Rid of the Current Occupants: Mice

Some $40,000 later, they could finally start thinking about updating the house they bought in Farmington, Conn.

#farmington-conn, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #rodents

A New Way to Look at Furniture in Milan

A special edition of the Milan Furniture Fair, called Supersalone, turns pandemic constraints into a chance for innovation and anchors a five-day design celebration throughout the city.

#art, #ceramics-and-pottery, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #mirrors

A Derelict Warehouse as a Second Home?

Even his artsy friends were skeptical. But for $70,000, he knew he could find a way to make it work.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #washington-state

‘The Opposite of Airlines’: When Larger Audiences Require Fewer Seats

Yes, the comfy chair. The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco put in roomier seats just in time to try to lure audiences back from the couches they got used to during the shutdown.

#chairs, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #dancing, #furniture, #geffen-david-hall-manhattan-ny, #height-stature, #hudson-theater-manhattan-ny, #koch-david-h-theater, #lyric-opera-of-chicago, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-ballet, #san-francisco-opera, #shilvock-matthew, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #war-memorial-opera-house, #weight

A French Designer Who Celebrates Mexico’s Popular-Design Aesthetic

In his colorful Guadalajara work space, Fabien Cappello collects and creates pieces he calls “prototypes of the future.”

#art, #cappello-fabien, #content-type-personal-profile, #design, #furniture, #guadalajara-mexico, #handicrafts, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #mexico

In His Own Home, an Interior Stylist Takes a Light Touch

By filling his 1830s Brooklyn Heights apartment with just the essentials, Colin King has created an oasis of calm.

#brooklyn-heights-brooklyn-ny, #cassina, #design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

How Do You Add On to the Perfect Small House? You Don’t.

They already had the ideal home in Marfa, Texas. So when they needed more space, they built another little house — to hold the bedroom.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #marfa-tex, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

For Two Designers, a Onetime Collaboration Wasn’t Enough

When they first worked together, renovating a home that had once been a church, they never imagined they’d eventually get married there.

#design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #telluride-colo

It Was a Charming Saltbox in the Hamptons. Now It’s Something Else.

After a two-year gut renovation, just about the only thing that remains is the windmill.

#furniture, #hamptons-ny, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #wainscott-ny

Artisan home decor retailer The Citizenry raises $20M in Series B funding

The Citizenry announced today that it raised $20 million in Series B funding in partnership with NextWorld Evergreen. A direct-to-consumer home decor retailer, The Citizenry works with artisans from around the world to produce limited-edition runs of handcrafted, hand-numbered home goods. In October, The Citizenry opened its first brick-and-mortar store in New York City, and with this round of funding, The Citizenry hopes to accelerate its development into a whole-home brand.

Co-Founder Rachel Bentley got her start at Bain & Company, where she worked in strategy consulting in global supply chains.

“I saw a lot of the challenges that were coming as a result of that, tied to income inequality, human rights, and the environment,” Bentley told TechCrunch. “But I also saw the tremendous opportunity that connections of global supply chains can create to hopefully move communities forward.”

Bentley and fellow co-founder Carly Nance, a brand strategist, noticed that there was a gap in the market for premium, thoughtfully crafted home goods. They took the leap to leave their corporate jobs to start The Citizenry with the aim to make a positive global impact and set more socially conscious standards for the home decor industry.

These are lofty goals, but Bentley’s experience in global supply chain strategy helped her develop a business model that prioritizes the fair treatment of workers.

Image Credits: The Citizenry

“One of the biggest challenges in working with artisan communities is that companies are there for one season, they place a large order, and their goal is to get a really high volume at a very low price,” Bentley says. “We came in and took the opposite approach. We tried to identify groups we saw a long term potential with, that we could partner with for the next ten, twenty, fifty years, to really help grow their businesses. Having sustainable income day in and day out, not just seasonally, is where you really start to see change happen.”

The Citizenry is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), and for over eighteen months, they’ve been going through the process to become fully verified through the WFTO’s Guarantee System. This means that the WFTO reviews every partner and conducts several day, in-person examinations of the artisans’ working conditions. On average, The Citizenry pays its artisans double the local minimum wage.

Image Credits: The Citizenry

“Social responsibility is much more important to our generation than previous generations,” Bentley said. “We want to feel good about the way a product was made, because we know we’re going to be living with the ramifications of how it was made, whether that’s environmentally or in terms of human rights.”

Bentley says that the rise in farm-to-table food shopping is indicative of consumers’ transition in values. But spending an extra few dollars on organic produce isn’t quite the same as shelling out $695 for a Portuguese leather headboard. So, The Citizenry may not undercut retailers like IKEA, but their price points are often cheaper than luxury home competitors like Williams-Sonoma, for example. The fact that The Citizenry can even compete with larger retailers while paying livable wages to artisans is a testament to their business model.

Since closing its Series A in 2019, The Citizenry has grown sales over 200%, with repeat customers driving 45% of sales. Over the same period, the company has supported 3,000 global artisan jobs. With its Series B funding, The Citizenry hopes to expand its furniture section — the most shopped category on its website — and invest in expanding its brick-and-mortar business after its SoHo store’s successful launch.

#articles, #business-model, #environmentalism, #fair-trade, #funding, #furniture, #ikea, #new-york-city, #retailers, #supply-chains, #williams-sonoma

Lamps and Sculptures That Evoke New York City Skyscrapers

The designer Umberto Bellardi Ricci’s metal lighting and cement objects feel of a kind with the buildings outside his window.

#bellardi-ricci-umberto, #content-type-personal-profile, #design, #furniture, #lighting, #new-york-city, #sculpture

A Mountain Escape Turned Four-Season Home

They bought the house in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., thinking it would be nice for weekends in the winter. But Covid changed that.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #mammoth-lakes-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Shopping for Trays

Why do you need a tray? To serve drinks, collect the mail, organize the bathroom — they’re useful almost anywhere.

#content-type-service, #design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tableware

The Fantasy of a Cotswolds Country Home Meets Reality in Westchester

The plan was to do a quick cosmetic update. Then a couple found out the plumbing, electrical and septic systems were shot. And the house was sinking.

#content-type-service, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #pound-ridge-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Finding Purpose for Our Renovation Materials

To avoid sending tons of usable fixtures and appliances to a landfill during our renovation, we tried a “post it and see if they will come” strategy. It worked.

#furniture, #home-appliances, #lenox-hill-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny, #waste-materials-and-disposal

All He Wanted Was a Surf Shack. He Got a Lot More.

Working in finance in Manhattan made him homesick for the beach in California. So he recreated what he missed on an unlikely site in Amagansett.

#amagansett-ny, #design, #furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation

Squishy Furniture, Like Sweatpants, Is In

Versatility is not the only reason blobby sofas and chairs are back in style.

#beds-and-bedding, #chairs, #design, #furniture, #interior-design-and-furnishings