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Publication Date: 2016-02-24

Behind the Design

11 Artisan Brands to Know

These unique brands make handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces, from ottomans to outdoor lighting and everything in between. See some of our favorite must-know artisans on Dering Hall now.


Pennsylvania-based Konekt is a boutique furniture company specializing in high-end customizable pieces including seating, tables, and accessories. Designer Helena Sultan believes in the concept of “sublime luxury,” with each piece hand finished in American hardwoods.

Called “the imperial craftsman of the 21st century,” Robert Kuo reinterprets the past for the present, bridging ancient Chinese and present day traditions. His decorative objects, tables, and lighting pieces are highly anticipated and are part of private collections around the world.

Since launching her design firm over 15 years ago, Marjorie Skouras’s line of home products has grown to over 200 unique items, most of which incorporate semi-precious stones and handblown glass. Her inspirations come from art, nature, jewelry, and her world travels.

Trained as a painter, sculptor, and glassmaker (who studied under the Italian masters to create Murano glass), John Pomp founded a studio of talented artists and craftsmen. Today, the Philadelphia-based brand creates heirloom-quality glass, tables, accessories and more.

Emotional Brands is an atelier for three high-end Portuguese brands: Malabar, which creates luxe furniture and accessories; CreativeMary, which develops unique indoor lamps; and Ottiu, which offers modern seating, including sofas, benches, and armchairs.

Based in West Hollywood, Collective Form connects architects, interior designers, and developers with European furniture, lighting, and home furnishings curated to the luxury market. Each brand occupies its own niche, allowing clients to create a cohesive design across multiple categories.

Glassmaking firm Hennepin Made was founded in Minneapolis in 2011 with the belief that handmade products have an essential place in our culture and everyday life. Today, the duo behind Hennepin Made produces beautiful glass lighting that’s perfect for a variety of spaces.

After years of creating custom pieces for interior design clients, Kristen Buckingham launched KB Bespoke in 2010, an eponymous line of furniture and lighting. Her shop in the legendary La Cienega Design Quarter of Los Angeles includes KB Bespoke and a select mix of antiques and art.

With a background creating custom lighting fixtures for Disney, Linda Allen developed a passion for solving problems through lighting—and created a line of stylish, weather-resistant, battery-operated outdoor products called Live Anywhere that turn any space into a living room outdoors.

Based in Brooklyn, Coil + Drift creates luxurious contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories that emphasize craftsmanship, sustainability and creative functionality. They presented their first full collection at BKLYN DESIGNS in May 2014 and have since been featured in Vogue, Elle Decor, Dwell, and more.

Dira curates unique, conservation-oriented natural design products created by skilled artists in South Africa. The brand’s line of meticulously handcrafted products aim to provide a steady income through which communities around the country can improve their living conditions.


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