Just In: New Trad Designers 2013, Part II

Yesterday I posted 12 rooms designed by five of the 10 New Trad Designers 2013, as seen in Traditional Homes’ TRADHome Spring 2013 digital issueToday I’m featuring the work of the other 5 New Trad Designers 2013, interior designers Ginger Brewton, Heather Garrett, Summer Thornton, Andrew Howard, and Frances Merrill. I love the mix of styles, colors, and textures they incorporate into the rooms.

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Just In: New Trad Designers 2013, Part I

Last year Traditional Home asked bloggers to submit their picks for its its list of up-and-coming New Trad designers. I submitted a gorgeous home decorated by Palmer Weiss in San Francisco, and she won a coveted spot in the 2012 TRADHome New Designers lineup. (This year they called on bloggers to submit  for its  Great Kitchens digital mag, and the Boston area designer I suggested, Liz Caan, scored a spot with her color-saturated dining room.)

As for the this year’s up-and-comers, that 2013 TRADHome digital issue came out this spring. The 10 New Trad Designers 2013 are incredible. The work ranges from thoughtfully serene to energetically colorful. It was hard to narrow down the images, so in order to show a few from each, I am splitting it into two parts. Today I’m featuring the work of interior designers Andrew Maier, Julie Goldman of J. Latter DesignKatie Lydon, Kristin Rocke of K. Rocke Design, and Taylor Borsari.

I’ve worked with Katie Lydon before, but the others are new to me. I’m psyched to have already had a chance to collaborate with Julie Goldman on an upcoming Matouk blog post. I’m hoping I’ll have a chance to work with the others soon too. Here is a sampling of the work of the first half of the New Trad Designers 2013.

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Just In: Jessica Biales Signet Rings

I’ve long considered my friend Jessica Biales to have impeccable taste. I learned to cultivate the art of minimalism from her, back in college. She had almost nothing in her closet, yet she always had everything she needed. On the walls hung posters of architectural renderings by Frank Gehry and Phillip Johnson, mounted on foam core rather than taped to the walls. And her duvet was plain black.

Hardly the stuff of college dreams. When I need to cull, I channel that dorm room, which only one year before was laden with images of Monet’s Giverny, an inspiration board laden with Calvin Klein’s ponytailed models and Christy and Linda in Chanel, and a double mattress topped with a floral comforter; home to moi. Jessica was the New York City sophisticate incarnate. And now, reigning queen bee of the style world, Jenna Lyons, has confirmed what I always knew—Jessica Biales has style. 

J.Crew, which has been experimenting with collaborations with all sorts of cool kids—including CFDA winners and other under-the-radar labels—has picked up two rings by Jessica Biales. It’s the company’s first offerings in fine jewelry. They are carrying a limited run of two solid 18-carat gold signet styles—one yellow gold, and the other rose gold bedecked with pavé emeralds.

I gave the collab a shout-out in Sunday’s Boston Globe, as “The One Thing” in the  paper’s new “Enthusiast” section. Jessica’s work has gotten a ton of press over the past six months. Let’s have a look.

Jeassica Biales Candy Signet Ring J.CrewJessica Biales “Candy” Signet Rings
Available at Hu’s Wear in D.C.,  Good in Boston, and online at  J.Crew
All pieces also available at JessicaBiales.com

Jeassica Biales Candy Signet Ring J.Crew

 The Boston Globe, June 16, 2013

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 Vogue, February 2013

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Jessica Biales Rose Gold Slice Rings

Jessica Biales “Slice” Rings
available in white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold
plain or with pavé white or black diamonds 

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Harper’s Bazaar, February, 2013

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Jessica Biales “Slice” Rings
in rose gold with tsavorites,rubies, sapphires

[I have the slice ring with tsavorites. I wear it between two rose gold rings by Melissa Joy Manning that my husband gave me for my birthday a few years ago; also from Good.]


Jessica Biales Sterling Signet Ring


Jessica Biales Block Signet Rings
in sterling silver at Good and 18-carat yellow gold at J.Crew

Jessica Biales Gold Wave Rings

Jessica Biales Wave Rings
small and large in rose, white, and yellow gold

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J E S S I C A  B I A L E S  J E W E L R Y
a v a i l a b l e  a t
Hu’s Wear in D.C.   |    Good in Boston
online at  J.Crew |   and 
at JessicaBiales.com

See my Instagram photos of Jessica’s rings here:
Shopping Trip: Good Boutique 

Just In: MoMA’s Destination: Design NYC Collection

This spring’s Destination: Design series is MoMA’s eleventh. The Destination: NYC collection features 200 products by both established and up-and-coming designers based in New York City, and all are manufactured in the US. The collection launched in MoMA Design Stores in New York and Japan, and online last week. My picks below. You can also click back to last year’s roundup of items from Destination: Mexico.

MoMA New York Design Collection Home Decor

1 Salt + Pepper Shakers by Diane Ruengsorn, 2008

2 Strap Leather Bowl Basket by Alissia Melka-Teichroew, 2011

3 Quart Table Lamp by Rich Brilliant Willing, 2011

4 Gaia Crystal Cufflinks by Andy Lifschutz, 2012

5 Duo Bookshelf by Ana Linares, 2009

6 Transportation Push Toy by Eden Yaskil, 2011

7 Tilt Stool by Justin Gologorsky, 2012

8 Milking Stool by François Chambard, 2009

9 Bridges of NY Notecards by Karen van Every-Serimony, 2012

10 Rhodium Geometric Post Earring by Alexis Bittar, 2009

11 Gold Leather Bag by Emily Sugihara and Ellen van der Laan, 2011

12 Dorit Candle Holder by Jean Pelle and Oliver Pelle, 2008

13 Worksman Bicycle by Bruce Weinreb, 2013

14 Clawfoot Bowl by Kenjiro Yamakawa, 2011

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Just In: Loop Scarves by Taylor Perkins

Boston-based designer Taylor PerkinsLoop Scarves are mementos of cities she’s lived in or visited. The designs are based on the geographic coordinates of the city, which are then translated into striped patterns.

Currently Perkins has designed loop scarves for Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, but you can contact her to inquire about others. The scarves include snaps along each end, and are handmade in the USA from wool and organic cotton.

Taylor Perkins Loop scarves debut during New York Design Week, May 18 & 19 at stopTHINKshop, a pop-up shop for conscious consumerism.  stopTHINKshop, 75 East 4th Street, NYC

Loop Scarf By Taylor Perkins

Loop Scarf By Taylor Perkins Still Life


Loop Scarf By Taylor Perkins


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K A T E   S P A D E
has cute spring scarves too!