5 Up and Coming Designers in Connecticut

A peek inside the latest buzz-worthy designers in the area.


Establishing a stronger presence in Connecticut, Circa Lighting announced the opening of its Norwalk showroom. The 5,100-square-foot space is the second in the state, joining the Greenwich location, which opened in 2015. The luxury lighting brand offers an expansive assortment of decorative fixtures with lighting designers and certified lighting specialists standing by to assist customers remotely or by appointment. With a loyal following of designers, builders, architects and homeowners, founder and president Gale Singer says, “We’re excited to expand our presence to the Norwalk area and offer yet another location to serve our local customers.”


Jody Deluca Designs moved into a new office space in downtown Darien. With room to grow, the Darien based studio is already stocked with hundreds of fabrics and wallpapers. Clients are welcome to drop in anytime and peruse the range of offerings, including stock furniture for sale off the floor. The workspace will constantly be refreshed, so inventory will be ever changing with exciting new additions to come.

liberty of London chair

Courtesy of Liberty


Making landfall in September, Liberty of London fabrics have arrived in the U.S. The premier collection, Modern Archive, pays homage to the brand’s legacy of timeless British design. Thirteen archival prints have been recolored and reinterpreted and paired with 18 solid fabrics in natural fibers of linen, velvet and cotton. The textile collection tells a story of Liberty’s rich heritage of British hand-drawn designs.


The New England Monogram Design Center announced this year’s members of its inaugural 2020 Monogram Designer Council. They chose 13 esteemed and dedicated Connecticut-based interior designers and architects to be ambassadors of the innovative luxury kitchen brand. CTC&G’s editorial director DJ Carey acts as the collective’s designer consultant. The team will provide inspiration, creative direction and insightful dialogue on industry trends.

Kicking things off, the group met for a unique brand immersion and culinary experience at the Monogram Design Center, located inside Aitoro Appliance. The center is equipped with three working kitchens, boasting over 30 Monogram appliances. Ria Rueda, manager of the center, notes, “We are thrilled to partner with this group of high-caliber talent to help keep our finger on the pulse of the luxury home space.”

The roster of founding members is as follows: Andrew Bartolotta, Karen Berkemeyer, Peggy Rubens-Duhl, Douglas Graneto, Jill Kalman, Christina Lake, Maria Matluck, Laura Michaels, Kimberly Pratt, Stephanie Rapp, Christina Roughan, Nancy Thiel and Amy Zolin.

Exuberance Card


Schumacher and Paperless Post request the pleasure of your company to preview the latest designer online invitations. Twelve patterns, handpicked from Schumacher’s fabric and wallpaper archives, are offered in a variety of styles to set the mood for your next gathering. Iconic prints like Citrus Garden, Zanzibar Trellis and Faux Bois are matched with coordinating envelopes. Pick a pattern, customize the message and get the party started!


The print version of this article appeared with the headline: Design News.