A New Showroom from Rosemary Hallgarten and more!

Check out the latest buzz-worthy design news happening in the area.

Workstead Light Boxes

Design studio Workstead launched its inaugural lighting collaboration
with Schumacher. The collection, called Shaded, marries architectural
light boxes inspired by Workstead’s archetype fixtures with classic fabrics from Schumacher’s vast catalog. The introduction includes three sconce designs: Vault, Gable and Block. “Our goal was to create a series of distinct fixtures that pushed the wall sconce typology in a new direction through the rich pairing of Schumacher fabrics with three architectural shapes,” says Workstead Principal Robert Highsmith.

Fbc London Nyc Showroom

Entrepreneur and notable British designer, Fiona Barratt-Campbell of FBC London recently opened her first U.S. showroom at the New York Design Center. The move also marks the international debut of FBC London’s newest furniture collections, Column and Rain. Barratt-Campbell’s designs are inspired by history and nature, and executed by artisans and craftsmen predominately in the Northeast of England. The 1,700-square foot showroom will showcase a range of FBC London’s signature pieces and curated objects. “Having lived and studied design in New York, I know Manhattan well and the NYDC was the natural choice for our debut into the U.S. market,” says Barratt-Campbell.

Rosemary Hallgarten

Photograph by Josh Gaddy


Blending ancient craft weaving with a modern and luxurious sensibility, Rosemary Hallgarten is known for her sumptuous fabrics and rugs in ombrés and boucles in sustainable materials, including alpaca, shearling, Tibetan wool and plant fibers. Headquartered in Connecticut, Rosemary Hallgarten opened a flagship showroom last October in the New York Design Center. Commenting on the new venture, Hallgarten says, “We are excited to bring the unmistakable quality of life, luxury and luminosity of Rosemary Hallgarten textiles directly to designers and clients as we collaborate on designs and custom projects within this creative and inspirational showroom space.” The textiles are beautifully displayed in vignettes and paired with furniture from the neighboring suite FBC London.

Roche Bobois Purple Sofa

To celebrate the brand’s 60th anniversary, Roche Bobois commissioned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos to design a line of seating and decorative accessories. “When we approached Joana Vasconcelos to col- laborate with Roche Bobois, we had two wishes in mind. Our first intention was to give voice to a contemporary artist who is touching yet surprising and to offer her to work with an unusual medium of expression: the functional object,” says Nicolas Roche. “But above all, our goal was to offer our cli- ents the chance to bring home a piece of a dream: a creative, flamboyant and delightful collection.” The result is the BomBom collection of colorful, multi- functional sofas in organic shapes that can be composed and combined to design your own comfort. Rugs and pillows in the collection are based on the artist’s original designs.



Artist, mom, avid traveler, philanthropist and Darien resident, Suzie Jellinek has added shop owner to her resume with the opening of a virtual store, Curio Shop. In addition to selling her abstract paintings, she will offer “undiscovered pieces” not readily available at other retailers. A well-appointed product portfolio includes artisanal and decorative items from Glaze, Louise Roe and Hawkins New York, jewelry from Gabriela Artigas, plus paintings from fellow artists like Julie Bowers Murphy and skincare items by L:A Bruket. A percentage of sales will benefit the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting basic human rights.

The print version of this article appears with the headline: Design Notes. 
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