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Publication Date: 2019-01-03

Design Insights

Artisan Brands to Know: 40 Finds, Part 1

To celebrate the unique, diverse and extraordinary artisanal brands on Dering Hall, we've launched a "40 Finds" campaign for the new year. Each season, we'll be highlighting 10 brands that offer some of the most cutting-edge and contemporary product in the design world. Check out our winter features below.


Designers and artists Julian Peploe and David Ryan created Stone and Sawyer to satisfy their search for the perfect handmade lamp. Their extensive range of glazes, wood species, metal and shade finishes enable their clients to tell limitless stories when using their work. Each stoneware ceramic lamp body is hand-crafted in their studio in the Catskills with tireless attention to detail.

Colombia-based Verdi is an artisanal design and textile studio that combines natural fibers and metals, creating luxury handcrafted products all while honoring a family tradition. Entirely custom-made in design, color, size, and metals, the combination of these materials allows for a variety of compositions, and the company continues to constantly experiment with different weaves and techniques to produce unique lines of product.

Founded in the 1950s in Italy, family business Gallotti&Radice was a pioneer in promoting the use of glass within furniture arrangements. Today, the company continues to produce luxury home furnishings for the contemporary design world using creative, boundary-pushing design principles.

Artist Stefan Rurak creates furniture that defies conventional boundaries from his Brooklyn-based atelier that merges modern, conceptual design with time-honored craftsmanship. His one-of-a-kind furniture pieces are built to last generations, and he specializes in bespoke furniture design and fabrication.

OVUUD is owned and operated by Benjamin Gillespie, a Philadelphia-based lighting designer with a background in carpentry, metalworking, and engineering. With each piece designed by hand, OVUUD aims to utilize next-generation lighting technology to its fullest potential and explore new approaches to the look, feel, and functionality of a lamp.

From a shop on a small farm in Wisconsin, Henry Royer and his daughter Avery create each piece of furniture by hand, enveloped in nature. With more than 15 years working together, they have mastered their process of artistic construction, their processes of visual exploration and experimentation, and the ways in which they reveal the beauty of every material they use.


Founded by sisters Amy and Noelle Mills, Paper Mills makes custom, handmade wallpapers and fabrics for the trade. Featuring contemporary blockprints and handpainted textures, their products are produced from their Oakland, California, studio and are printed entirely with water-based inks on recycled paper grounds.

Tucson-based Baker Hesseldenz is a dramatic luxury furniture and interiors studio run by work and life partners Scott Baker and Mary Ann Hesseldenz. The studio represents a multitude of disciplines and skill sets beyond that of luxury furniture design, and is made up of a family of individuals with backgrounds in all areas ranging from fashion, to architecture, to graphic photography.

Thomas Cooper Studio creates exclusive, edgy, and original lighting according to their philosophy of using original materials and artisanal processes. And they know their stuff——the powerhouse duo behind Thomas Cooper also creates large scale custom lighting for international hotels and casinos under their Lusive Decor brand as well as their Luxe Light and Home luxury collections.

Laine + Alliage is a design studio based in New York City that focuses on creating luxury textiles and handmade, one-of-a-kind pillows. Coming from the couture fashion industry, founder Tania Leipold began designing custom pillows for her clients, and soon began collaborating with interior designers, bringing her creations to the world of luxe interiors.


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