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Publication Date: 2018-12-10

Design Insights

Unique Global Sources Now on Dering Hall

From the mountains of Colombia to Mexico City, from Morocco to the North Shore of Massachusetts, artisans and makers are combining traditional techniques with cutting-edge technology to create unusual and beautiful home furnishings that are sure to bring distinction to your newest design project.



In 2009 when artist and designer Deborah Osburn began her blog, Tile Envy, few people were talking about tile. But the blog quickly garnered an avid following. So many of her readers asked how to source the unique artisan tiles she was featuring that Osburn decided to launch an online tile shop in 2012 aptly named Clé Tile (pronounced clay). The company now offers heirloom quality tiles from across the globe, including classic Moroccan zellige, which the company helped put on the map in the US, as well as glazed raku-fired tiles from Vietnam, rustic Italian terracotta and carrara stone tiles, and thin clay bricks domestically sourced. Clé Tile continues to expand its offerings, and this year has seen the launch of more than twenty new products.


Founded by Swedish-Mexican designer Alexander Díaz Andersson, ATRA merges artistic and industrial know-how via a team of multidisciplinary artists, designers, and architects. With a design studio in Mexico City and a showroom in San Francisco, ATRA creates furnishings of unpretentious beauty, practicality, and timelessness. All of the studio's pieces are characterized by a blend of clean Scandinavian lines with the whimsical elements of traditional Mexican design. Each is created with the craftsmanship and artistry of an objet d’art, but is designed to provide comfort and meet the demands of everyday living. ATRA is also the sole licensed manufacturer for designs by the iconic Mexican architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez.


Based in Van Nuys, California, Astek has been creating top-quality wallcoverings for interior designers, decorators, and architects for nearly 30 years. The studio works with clients from around the world to meet their design, digital printing, and wallcovering needs, offering a range of options by its professional in-house design studio. And its extensive portfolio of large-format UV digital printers enable Astek to deliver truly transcendent custom print and design services.


Based in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, StudioRossi creates furniture collections and individual bespoke pieces with exceptional attention to detail and luxurious finishes. Its designs are known for clean lines and graceful curves, visible joinery, and fascinating wood grains. In addition to offering their own designs, the studio is happy to collaborate on custom pieces. 


VERDI DESIGN began in the mountains of Colombia when Carlos Vera Dieppa, a pioneer in Latin-American textile design, developed a unique technique of weaving metal threads wtih natural fibers. After his passing in 2010, his son Tomas and daughter Cristina brought his technique back to life, and created a brand that updates traditional Colombian craftsmanship. Each VERDI product begins in Curití, a rural town in the mountains, where natural fibers are extracted and dyed, hand spun, and then transported to Bogotá. There, the fibers are meticulously woven on manual looms with metal threads such as copper and stainless steel. All rugs are entirely custom made. VERDI creates rugs, cushions, curtains, and even handbags with materials such as fique and plantain fibers, yaré, alpaca wool, acrylic, copper, stainless steel, and silver-plated metals.


Drawing on her background in interior design and her extensive travels throughout Europe and Mexico, Rebeca Anchondo brings the time-honored art of hand-forged wrought iron to contemporary interiors with Hacienda Lights and Iron. Each of her authentic designs combines the highest quality materials with traditional techniques and a choice of 12 hand-applied paint finishes. The company offers more than 700 hand-forged iron designs that complement a variety of architectural styles, and their skilled artisans can bring any custom design to life.


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