Geode coasters and agate bookends are in every gift shop these days, but designer Tish Mills was way ahead of the trend when she made her first quartz lamp for a show house nearly 10 years ago.
Michael Gibson’s silicone kitchen utensils are the ultimate marriage of form and function. In the kitchen, Gibson often found himself delegated to menial tasks like chopping, mincing, and slicing, so the perpetual inventor looked for ways to make prep easier.
If a custom sofa just isn’t what the homeowner expected, it’s the designer who gets stuck with the bill—and the sofa. That’s just one way design pros end up with excess inventory, much of it top-quality goods.
When a manufacturer discontinues a fabric style, typically the upholstery samples get tossed in the trash. Not at Decatur’s Trinity Mercantile and Design Co., where beautiful damasks, fine silks, and woven jacquards are upcycled into elegant reusable totes for shoppers in the store.
Room & Board's latest collection hints at trends to come. Here's five things we expect to see more of this year.
Loblolly produces a memory foam–type product full of “sleepy goodness.” It arrives in a compact cardboard box, which you slice open with a letter opener–like tool.
“There are two kinds of design books available,” says Yip. “There are those with lots of information, but they’re hard to digest. And then there are vanity tomes, which are beautiful and relaxing to peruse, but not helpful. I wanted to write a book that is balanced. It had to be functional and aesthetically pleasing.”