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With his thoughtfully arranged collection of Joe Colombo furniture and minimalist art, an exhibition producer has made an appealingly unexpected home for himself.
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.
When an interior designer and a software engineer set about renovating their new house, they had no idea what it would ultimately involve.
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By placing contemporary pieces amid original features, the architect Sophie Dries has created a space that privileges experimentation.
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.
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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.
The 1926 building owned by the Catholic Church looked as if it hadn’t been updated in decades. One Dallas family was charmed.
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.
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.
Expectant parents have keenly felt the inconvenience of global shipping delays caused by the pandemic. With a baby due, “it’s a different ballgame.”
Bethan Laura Wood has made her name dreaming up transportive rainbow-hued furniture and housewares. Her own London home is just as fantastical.
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.
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.
The furniture capital of the state is ground zero for inflation, labor shortages, hot demand and limited supply. It’s debating how to cope.
Jonathan Pessin has stuffed his apartment with the fruits of his obsessive search for the “best, weirdest version” of seemingly everything.
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.
On Park Avenue, booths display an intersection of design and art, from Japanese metalwork to an American artist who trained with Tiffany.
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.
Why the 1980s design phenomenon, named for a Bob Dylan song and an ancient Egyptian city, still appeals to every generation.
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.
This year, Emmanuel Olunkwa was named the editor of Pin-Up — and debuted his own playful yet minimalist designs.
Yinka Ilori brings color and joy to an eclectic array of projects, whether he’s reimagining public spaces or designing furniture and housewares.
A Parisian couple has created a home that pays tribute to designers of generations past while also envisioning what is to come.
In response to the colorful, zanier side of modern furniture, some American craftspeople are returning to elemental, straightforward and handmade pieces.
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.
In his studio in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Giancarlo Valle dreams up furniture and rooms with a palpable sense of playfulness.
With the help of a Casablancan designer, one expat art dealer creates a home that’s always undergoing its next update.
Some $40,000 later, they could finally start thinking about updating the house they bought in Farmington, Conn.
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.
Even his artsy friends were skeptical. But for $70,000, he knew he could find a way to make it work.
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.
In his colorful Guadalajara work space, Fabien Cappello collects and creates pieces he calls “prototypes of the future.”
By filling his 1830s Brooklyn Heights apartment with just the essentials, Colin King has created an oasis of calm.
They already had the ideal home in Marfa, Texas. So when they needed more space, they built another little house — to hold the bedroom.
When they first worked together, renovating a home that had once been a church, they never imagined they’d eventually get married there.
After a two-year gut renovation, just about the only thing that remains is the windmill.
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.
“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.
“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.
The designer Umberto Bellardi Ricci’s metal lighting and cement objects feel of a kind with the buildings outside his window.
They bought the house in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., thinking it would be nice for weekends in the winter. But Covid changed that.
Why do you need a tray? To serve drinks, collect the mail, organize the bathroom — they’re useful almost anywhere.
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.
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.
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.
Versatility is not the only reason blobby sofas and chairs are back in style.