Designer, humanitarian, businesswoman: Stephanie Odegard is each of these things and more. Since founding her eponymous carpet company in the late '80s, she's become world-renowned for luxurious, hand-knotted rugs that she creates herself and in partnership with a roster of international talent. Her contemporary designs are inspired by her love of craft and eye for color, and they draw upon her extensive travels as a Peace Corps volunteer and, later, with the United Nations and the World Bank. Adamant that Odegard Rugs be socially and environmentally responsible, she also serves as director of the Rugmark Foundation, which aims to end illegal child labor in South Asia.
A symphony of sculptural shapes, perfect proportions, and vibrant colors: That’s how to describe Amy Lau’s interiors. A curator by training (she co-founded the prestigious Design Miami contemporary furniture fair), the Arizona native has chosen expressive modern goods for this sale, drawing all from the trade-only showrooms at the <a href="http://nydc.com/www/design_services.php">New York Design Center</a>. Shop for pieces with flowing curves and natural materials, including Grange’s natural-wicker St. Tropez wing armchair and Cliff Young’s Machinist bamboo table. There are also porcelain flower sculptures, a tree-inspired floor lamp, and a crystal fruit bowl.
New York-based interior designer Drew McGukin favors bold patterns, distressed textures, and warm colors. So it’s no surprise that as part of his Access to Design sale, held in conjunction with the <a href="http://nydc.com/www/design_services.php">New York Design Center</a>, the extrovert has chosen oversize and out-of-proportion home furnishings that make a statement. Get ’em talking with an Odegard rug in an energetic black-and-cream pattern, or catch their eye with a glass-topped Arteriors Home table with a striking, sculptural base. There are also finds from Cliff Young, Baker, and Dennis Miller Associates.
Normally, only industry professionals can access the home-furnishings and textile showrooms in Manhattan’s <a href="http://nydc.com/www/design_services.php">New York Design Center</a>. But now, you can take advantage of this rich resource too, courtesy of this series of guest-curated sales. First up is Brooklyn–based duo Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, of John Loecke, Inc. Taking the theme of eclectic exuberance, their selection is inspired by their extensive world travel, and features French furniture marque Grange, Arteriors Home’s lighting and accessories, and contemporary furniture from Baker. Standout pieces include John Houshmand’s spalted-maple-trunk side table and Roubini’s colorful hand-knotted rugs.
Kirsten Brant’s interiors feature a mix of contemporary materials and traditional shapes, often accented with handmade pieces and playful punches of color. For this sale, which draws upon furnishings and textiles from a handful of the <a href="http://nydc.com/www/design_services.php">New York Design Center’s</a> 100-plus trade-only showrooms, she opted for items inspired by the bright lights of Broadway and the brownstones of Brooklyn. Standouts include the black-and-white Twist Bowl by Kosta Boda, the elegant Brushed Nickel console from Cliff Young, and the visually arresting Pompomolene rug from Roubini.