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13
Jan 15

Young Huh Inspires With a Glamorous NYC Apartment

 

For our latest designer feature, Young Huh of Young Huh interiors created a spacious and chic inspiration board with a stunning and cohesive mix of styles. A blend of cool and warm with an eye for art and sculptural form, Young’s design is as inviting as it is refined.

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Young Huh:

When I create a design, I start with clean, classical lines, then add glamour, luxe and whimsical elements.  The balance will all depend on the client, the space, and the purpose.

Here we imagined a young professional who has purchased his first apartment in downtown New York.  He wants his home to be comfortable but he has an eye for design, art, and culture.  The Crosspoint rug warms the architecture of his Tribeca loft.  The Vladmir Kagan sofa is a cool counterpoint.  He loves modern art so he has chosen Lindsay Cowles wallpaper.  Sconces are Atelier de Troupe because he wants a current interpretation of modernist fixtures.

The Crosspoint Diamant with Rift border in midnight grounds any room.  It can live in a very traditional room or a contemporary one.  The quality, texture, and design are timeless and versatile.  It’s a crowd pleaser.

In addition to the apartment I’ve envisioned, I would love to see Crosspoint in a seating area in a boutique hotel.  The design would be warm, inviting, a bit dark and definitely glamorous.

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13
Jan 15

Mark D. Sikes Inspires With a Stunning Sunroom

For our latest design board project, Mark Sikes created a vibrant, classically elegant room sprinkled with diverse yet cohesive touches. Pulling from a variety of sources, Mark makes the details shine without disrupting the inviting balance of the room design.

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Mark D. Sikes:

I choose the Merida Crosspoint Diamant pattern in Desert Taupe because I felt like it created the perfect neutral foundation to the eclectic and modern room I designed. This blue and green room is a sunroom or sitting room. It’s a mix of upholstery, wicker occasional seating and iron accents with exotic touches in the antique Asian art panels and blue and white porcelain. I see it as the perfect place to sit and read a book or have a cocktail.

I see a modern woman living in this space who loves to travel and has a passion for fashion and art. This is a very worldly woman with great taste and style.

This room reflects my passion for blue and white not only with accents, but also in the blue and white throughout the fabrics. I love to create classic spaces that feel as if they could have been created twenty years ago or twenty years from now. I think this space has those qualities, and also has personality and elegance.

In my opinion Crosspoint can be used with just about any type of project. The patterns are subtle, yet interesting. They are the perfect graphic patterns to compliment a traditional room or a modern room, and of course like my room, I think the Crosspoint collection has a lot of style.

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02
Dec 14

Reviving Design in Fall River: A 1on1 with RISD President Rosanne Somerson

 

On a recent visit to neighboring Providence, we had a chance to sit down with Rosanne Somerson, interim President at the Rhode Island School of Design. A dynamic professor, RISD alumna, and talented studio furniture designer and maker, Somerson became provost of RISD in 2011 and has since been focused on revitalizing and leading RISD’s academic mission. She also operates her own design studio, Somerson Studio, right here in Fall River, in a cooperative space she helped found, Smokestack Studios. We asked her about the value of craftsmanship, the potential of US manufacturing, and how RISD and Merida can continue to create positive change in the region and the design community.

What do you see as the future of design and manufacturing in the US?

“For manufacturing to grow and survive, it needs strong design at the forefront, because design is always anticipating and even creating the future. When companies can join design and manufacturing—which I think we do in the US better than in other countries—they have the potential to elevate the design-manufacture model.

The Fall River and Providence area is rich with both manufacturing and design knowledge. The language between those different professions could be something that could really differentiate the region [in craftsmanship and product development].”

What do you see as the potential for Fall River and Providence as centers of design and manufacturing?

“The factories don’t have to be built, the skills don’t have to be learned, they’re already here. Fall River—and any area like it—has great potential for new economic development. Companies can build a sense of longevity and quality, and connect to the region in a way that’s very powerful.

This is an area of textile regional history; it was the silicon valley of the industrial revolution in its day. It was where the innovative textile design was happening, where the innovative suppliers and fabricators were. Within the Providence region alone there were 2,000 small-scale industries at one point, and our students at RISD continue to benefit from this network of fabricators. Now a younger generation is interested in revitalizing that… and both RISD and Smokestack are a part of that effort.”

How does RISD prepare students to meet these challenges?

“What we teach at RISD results in individuals who come up with really new models of products and systems and services. CEOs are recognizing that creativity is the number one competency that they want to see in their new workforce. Our form of art and design education really encourages people to think differently and to have great perceptual and analytical skills that can be very useful in any career path.”

Tell us about the vision behind opening Smokestack Studios in Fall River.

“At Smokestack we created seven affordable rental spaces for young artists and designers to use, with all of the equipment they need. We’ve had some open houses for the community and have participated in Fall River Open Studio tours. It shows how a region’s startups can give a new kind of energy and fuel to an economy that needs to reinvent itself.

Because of the network that’s developing among Smokestack and other local studios there is a kind of a rebirth of some of the local manufacturing facilities in a way that really supports innovative product design and I think its only going to grow.”

 

At Merida, we place a lot of value on local craftsmanship, which is why we choose to manufacture in Fall River.  How can companies like ours contribute to the revitalization of craftsmanship in the USA?

“Merida is clearly concerned with high quality beautiful design, good materials, ethical working conditions. You get the fact that design is at the heart of what you do as a design company but you are also committed to local manufacture. When you bring all of those things together it develops a kind of commitment to a clear vision. It takes a few companies with clear ethics around those issues to really transform the way that design manufacturing can be identified with certain parts of the country, like in Fall River and Providence.

That idea of design manufacture is a really rare thing in business and it’s an important new model for local industries in developing regions. It allows businesses to become part of the community. By integrating yourself further with the community and history of craftsmanship of Fall River, you help create a better result both for Merida and for the region.”

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to donate rugs to the RISD President’s House.  The first floor, which is used to bring members of the RISD community together, is being decorated with furniture, textiles, accessories and artwork, all created by RISD alumni. Our textile designer, Martin Emlein, will be listed as part of the distinguished group of alumni.

 

A Troy wool rug from the Tailormade collection custom-colored with Undyed Noir and Thin Felted Marigold.

A Harris wool rug in Dark Gray. From the Tailormade collection.

A stain resistant Urbana sisal rug for the entryway. In Frost colorway.

A Flint wool rug custom colored with Undyed Noir and Thin Felted Persimmon yarns.

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19
Nov 14

Three designers inspire with Crosspoint

Last winter we asked a few designers how they would use patterns from our Tailormade Collection in their work. Ever inspired by the process of collaborating with designers, we decided to do it again, this time with the new Crosspoint Collection. Hillary Thomas, Beth Webb, and Gary McBournie — three designers who’s work we love — agreed to work their magic using styles of their choice. The results range from neutral and calm to colorful and energetic.

Hillary Thomas
San Francisco, CA – http://www.hillarythomas.com

Hillary Thomas created an airy bedroom with feminine touches and luxurious textures. With a velvet chair, silk pillows, and a dusky pink color scheme, the room is as warm and welcoming as it is stylish.

Hillary Thomas Designs embodies a “Vintage Chic” style — layered, worldly, sophisticated, with a juxtaposition of the old with the new.

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Beth Webb Interiors
Atlanta, GA – http://www.bethwebb.com/

Beth Webb combined traditional and rustic to create a living room space fit for a first home or an Aspen ski lodge. The room pares timeless design with comfort and class.

Beth Webb Interiors believes that proper scale and timelessness are essential attributes of every design, in addition to being respectful of a client’s personality and desires.

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Gary McBournie
Boston, MA – http://www.gmcbinc.com

With a color pop of many hues, Gary McBournie created a lively living space for an energetic urban couple. From the beautiful, complex print to the simple geometry of the Diamant wool rug, Gary’s inspiration board brings visual warmth and interest.

Gary, with input from his clients, strives to create warm, inviting spaces and homes. With a lifelong love of travel, color, art, and design, Gary brings incredible passion and expertise to his work.

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