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.
Art that you can walk on, these hand-knotted rugs have details that go way beyond the basics. Take Clef, made from hand-spun wool and silk that’s dyed to look slightly antique. Or Truffula, which features an abstract botanical pattern. Plus don’t miss Odegard’s range of accessories, including cheery pillows, vases, lighting, and furniture.
Lydia Marks and Lisa Frantz want to bring glamour back to everyday living. 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, these one-time set designers chose items that add a touch of “wow” to a room. Among the finds: Roubini’s hand-knotted Cadeaux rug, which features a bouquet of photorealistic flowers; Baker’s Dansu bar cabinet, which melds Old World influences with contemporary touches; and Dennis Miller’s Associates’ curvy Alton chair, designed by flamboyant Midcentury Modernist architect Morris Lapidus.