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.
Enliven your decor with this lovely linear motif, available here in doses large and small. But whether the piece be a rug, sheet, or bolt of fabric, bear in mind which way the stripes run: Vertical ones will draw the eye up, while horizontal lines will make things look wider.
Spare lines, luxurious materials, and rich hues are the hallmarks of 2Michaels’ interiors. For this sale, which draws upon furnishings and textiles from a handful of the New York Design Center’s 100-plus trade-only showrooms, sisters Jayne and Joan Michaels opted for artful, contemporary pieces like Tucker Robbins’ sculptural Acacia-wood Cup stool and John Houshmand’s bronze-and-pine 2Fold large console. Also on offer: handwoven rugs in impressionistic designs from Odegard, Midcentury Modernist chairs from Dennis Miller Associates, and leather benches from Baker.
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 New York Design Center. 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.