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Publication Date: 2017-01-09

Design Insights

13 Artisan Brands to Know in 2017

These distinctive artisan brands make one-of-a-kind pieces, from glittering lighting to uniquely carved wood products and hand-drawn textiles. Get to know 13 of our favorites for your next project this year.


Based in London and Vienna, KAIA creates refined lighting pieces that combine function and beauty in equal measure. All of the brand’s items are designed exclusively by craftsman Peter Straka and expertly made in KAIA’s Vienna workshop.

From a workshop in London’s Chelsea Design Quarter, Simon Orrell has worked closely with artisans from around the world to create unique furniture and accessories that draw upon historic techniques and materials like shagreen and parchment. Luxury surfaces have become his speciality, transforming everyday objects into museum-quality pieces.

Thomas Cooper Studio features limited edition collections designed and manufactured in Los Angeles, using original materials and artisanal processes to create inspired designs. The team behind the brand also creates large scale custom lighting for international hotels under their Lusive Decor label.

Ave Home, a specialty furniture company based in New Orleans, revives classic design by creating historical reproductions with superb attention to detail. Drawing inspiration from a number of periods, Ave Home produces well-curated collections of both raw wood and finished furniture.

Philomela is a California-based design studio specializing in original hand-drawn textiles for interiors. Their bold, intricate patterns aim to balance delicacy with daring and bring a sense of celebration into every space. The collection mixes antagonistic styles and conventions in delightful, unexpected ways.

With a career ranging from time spent working with Andre Balazs at the Hollywood Standard Hotel to years with Mary McDonald, Heather Ashton has seen every element of the design world. Her collection of outdoor furniture recently launched, with a full page heading Elle Decor’s “What’s Hot” section.

After 35 years as an interior designer, Coryne Lovick launched her namesake collection in 2013 with a selection of timeless pieces devised to work in many types of spaces. Like her interiors, the Coryne Lovick Collection is sophisticated, inviting, and is known for exquisite detail and luxe materials.

Inspired by 20th-century masters like Diego Giacometti and Gilbert Poillerat, Carole Gratale Incorporated has been a mainstay of elite furniture design for over 40 years. With relationships with the finest craftsmen, she’s collaborated over the years with everyone from Harry Winston to Bergdorf Goodman.

A collection of bespoke furniture by LA-based designer Ryan Gordon Jackson, RJ creates designs for a discerning contemporary-minded customer. Handmade by highly trained artisans in LA, RJ’s pieces follow Jackson’s design mantra that “Luxury and contemporary design are not mutually exclusive.”

The original Craft Associates, Inc. launched in 1952, and was sold to Lane Furniture Company in the 1960s. Decades after its doors were shuttered in the 1970s, the brand has been revived with improved construction, upholstery, and materials, but with the same mid-century charm as the original company.

Established by Florian Roeper in 2003, Studio Roeper maintains a flagship showroom in San Francisco’s Design District as well as a workshop in Alameda, CA. Originally from Germany, Roeper draws inspiration from his multicultural background as well as from Art Deco, Biedermeier, and Japonisme.

Since its founding in 2006, Baker Hesseldenz Design has grown from interior design to include Baker Hesseldenz Studio, a line of artisanal furniture reflecting the unique vision of founders Scott Baker and Mary Ann Hesseldenz. Every piece is handcrafted in Arizona using both traditional and modern techniques.

After spending years as an illustrator, London-based Jonathan Field began designing furniture, creating wood pieces that incorporate the material’s natural textures and shapes. All of his pieces are made by hand and are initialed JF, with no two pieces being the same.


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