May 13

The Power of Customization – As Seen at Legends 2013

Last week Merida had the pleasure and privilege to sponsor the VIP lounge at LEGENDS 2013. To decorate the space we asked three talented and highly regarded interior designers Jeff Andrews, Ross Cassidy and Jay Jeffers to design bespoke rugs that we produced in Merida’s Design Lab.

Each rug was unique in its own way and represented each designer’s inspiration and style.

Jeff AndrewsJeff Andrews has a wealth of knowledge and experience in perfecting interiors while specializing in personalization and customization. Shapes and congruency inspired his rug creation. As Jeff said, “Designing this rug was a creatively fulfilling experience for me. I used it as an opportunity to design something outside of my normal aesthetic. Working with the Merida team made it easy to take risks; they are so professional, accommodating and efficient, and fully understand the design process.”

Geo-Centric Designed by Jeff Andrews, Produced at Merida Design Lab

"Geo-Centric" Designed by Jeff Andrews, Produced at Merida Design Lab

Ross CassidyRoss Cassidy’s background in interior, product and graphic design inspired him to create this random indigo blotch inspired pattern. Ross is a big fan of customization and creation of one-offs, so collaboration with Merida’s Design Team was something that came naturally to him. “Working with Merida on this rug was tremendously easy. The design was an old painting I had done, and I sent the artwork to their Design Lab. They suggested a number of possible executions aside from what I had originally envisioned which made the process more interesting and we ended up using one of their flat weaves rather than a silk and wool tufted rug that I had originally suggested. This gave the rug a more casual feel and a whole new attitude.”

"Oops" Designed by Ross Cassidy, Produced at Merida Design Lab

Jay Jeffers is recognized as one of the most dynamic interior designers of his generation. This Elle Décor A-lister has already had the opportunity to work on custom products from Merida’s Design Lab so co-creation of this piece was a familiar process. “The Tippi rug was inspired by a stunning tile pattern I saw in a Hitchcock movie. I love working with Merida–they share our appreciation of meticulous craftsmanship and custom design. It’s why I chose to represent their Made in Mass collection at my San Francisco store, Cavalier, and why I jumped at the opportunity to create a custom piece for this project!”

"Tippi" Designed by Jay Jeffers, Produced at Merida Design Lab

Martin & Malik A fourth rug was designed and produced by designers who are a part of Merida’s own Design Team, Martin Emlein and Malik Wagenseil. These RISD-trained textile designers bring the most unique, imaginative, and individualized rugs to fruition. Their rug Limham, inspired by the magical summer gardens of a Swedish town, showcases a beautiful floral pattern while adding dimension and texture with a quilt-like weaving structure.

"Limham" Designed and Produced at Merida Design Lab

What’s your inspiration? Have some fun using our Merida Design Lab to bring your own custom rug creations to life. Call Merida Customer Solutions at 800-345-2200 to learn more.

Apr 13

Dazzling Design with Amanda Nisbet and Stacy Kunstel

On April 11, Merida and Stacy Kunstel, co-founder of Dunes and Duchess hosted a book signing event for New York City interior designer, Amanda Nisbet, to celebrate the launch of her latest book Dazzling Design. The event took place at the rooftop of the Taj Hotel in Boston and a number of prominent Boston area designers attended.

Cocktail Hour at Boston Taj Hotel rooftop

After a festive cocktail hour, Amanda and Stacy took the stage to discuss Amanda’s take on the interior design business, her inspirations and guilty pleasures.

Merida CEO, Catherine Connolly, welcoming guests

Stacy Kunstel leading a Q&A with Amanda Nisbet

“My signature is fearless use of colors” – Amanda Nisbet on her style

Stacy Kunstel and Amanda Nisbet

“Besides my kids and family, I can’t live without chocolate…. AND… diamonds.” – Amanda Nisbet on her favorite things

Stacy Kunstel and Amanda Nisbet discussing social media

“Pick a medium that you can do well and stick with it. My personal favorite is instagram. I love the visual aspect of it.”  Amanda Nisbet on social media

Apr 13

Texture & Light with M. Frederick

A five-year-long project turns a drab New Jersey estate into a bright, fresh living space that more than matches the splendor of its verdant setting. With its interior design done by M. Frederick Interiors, the house uses a white and neutral palette to bring light and texture to a space that was once dark.

house front

“It was a darker house, the wood tones were dark, the windows were smaller, they have 8 foot ceilings in most of the area. The client has an architecture background, so she could understand the physical space, but was having a hard time on her own putting together the aesthetics, brightening it up, having it all flow and be cohesive, and finding a level of quality that she was looking for.”

On a chance visit to Matthew Frederick’s storefront studio and shop in Far Hills, New Jersey, the client fell in love with Matthew’s taste in design.

M Frederick Sunroom

Working backwards from an end vision and yet taking the time to collect objects that reflect the personality and taste of the clients, Matthew let the project evolve from room to room. Matthew typically approaches projects with this top-down, high-level view. He enjoys the process of bringing the client’s aesthetic and vision to fruition over time, but finds that if you do not keep the overall plan in mind, “you run the risk of having it look beautiful, but also like a furniture showroom.” This particular project is a perfect example: the five-year evolution allowed Matthew to create and find unique pieces that reflect the character and personality of the client and their wants. Matthew says that, “I look for vendors who are also similarly aligned, that want to support the value of the professional design trade, that offer custom capabilities, and they can do it in a reasonable time and on a reasonable budget.”

music room

tv room chairs

With a focus on textures and whites rather than color, the house takes on a calming, sculptural element in the midst of rolling lawns and landscape architecture. The lack of color does nothing to hinder the brightness of the space, which has ample windows to let light and the green of the outdoors in.


kitchen m frederick

We’re excited that Matthew used Merida for this particular project in the foyer and on the stairs. The Broadway rugs have a subtle pattern, which highlights the texture and natural sisal color.

Stairs broadway

“I think there is something great about the Broadway pattern and the Tupelo colorway. It is at the same time so classic and so refined and so simple in the way it adds depth and has a really great presence in a space, but its also simultaneously very transitional, very clean, very fresh, and very current. It’s a product that works as well in an Upper East Side residence as it does in a California beach house or a transitional space in Brentwood.”



The five year effort and Matthew’s leadership in helping the client discover their aesthetic lead to a unique, bright, textural space.  As Matthew sees it, “That’s the challenge for the design profession today: it is not only the pieces that you buy, it’s how you put them together, and how you create spaces in these environments, but it’s also how special you can make them.”


Matthew’s project is featured in Luxe Interiors + Design this month.

To quote/order Broadway, login to Merida’s Customer Center or call 800-345-2200.

Mar 13

Spring Preview: Collaboration & Techniques

What is essential to the creative process here at Merida is collaboration. The thread that binds all of our latest designs is the development of new techniques through this collaborative process. We’ve created new finishing techniques from customer requests, expanded cross-education amongst our own expert craftsmen, and developed a full line of rugs with textile designer John Mahoney. John’s tufted designs are the result of months of refinement and pushing our tufting machine to its aesthetic limits. These wool and wool & linen creations (Ming, Riadh, Sumi, Emir) are the highlight of our spring release.

tufted wool & linen rug samples

Many of our new products from our Massachusetts textile design facility were born out of collaboration on projects with our customers. Our in-house looms and robotic hand tufting machines give us the flexibility to develop new products as rapidly as on a project-to-project basis, while providing low minimums and short lead times. From switching out yarns to creating a unique twist on a current design to building a bespoke rug from the ground up, our local workshop makes it happen quickly and collaboratively. As we work with designers to create these rugs, we expand our capabilities and fuel product development. One of these unique creations evolved into a full product line called Thatch. Designed in collaboration with a prominent interior designer this wool & linen product from our dobby loom is deceptively robust and versatile.

Thatch - Wool & Linen

Thatch - Wool & Linen

Our upcoming releases for this Spring continue this tradition of collaboration and expand on our library of finishing capabilities. New Sisal (Stratum) and Wool & Sisal (Tweed) designs created in partnership with our Belgian suppliers continue our use of the finest natural fibers in the world and add a twist to some timeless patterns (Bleecker).

New Sisal and Sisal/Wool blends from Beligium

New From Belgium

We hope you’ll keep an eye out for these exciting releases in the coming weeks. To view and pre-order the latest designs, or to talk to us about bringing your latest inspiration to life, call our Customer Solutions team at 800-345-2200 or log in to Merida Customer Center.