Announcing Madeline Weinrib as the 2014 HC&G IDA Innovator

Designer Madeline Weinrib has shaped a sophisticated signature style that is at once timeless and modern. She brings a layered and luxurious sensibility to the world of contemporary design with her collections of heirloom quality carpets and artfully conceived textiles, accessories and home accents. Through her Atelier and Showrooms in New York and San Francisco, Madeline Weinrib is devoted to helping her clients create beautifully appointed, bespoke spaces that reflect their distinct personality and singular point of view.

Madeline’s entry into the world of design was, in many respects, organic.  An established painter, she exhibited regularly throughout the 1990s and taught drawing at CUNY before designing her first carpet collection for ABC Carpet & Home in 1997. Inspired by the challenge of translating painterly ideals to warp and weft, Madeline sensed an opportunity to carve out a new niche and to redefine what was at the time a conservative, ancient idiom. With her individual approach to pattern, palette and scale, her unorthodox, ultra-chic reinterpretations bring an unprecedented vitality to a centuries-old art form.

Embracing authenticity as one of her hallmark values, Madeline’s aesthetic is defined by her use of techniques that favor hand over machine and tradition over automation. Rigorous and process-oriented, her design approach is one of open-ended experimentation, reframing and refinement. She continually works with artisans around the world, seeking out fresh and creative perspectives. With a discerning, well-traveled eye she is committed to sourcing superior materials and transforming them in stylistically unexpected ways.

Madeline continues to explore new possibilities for design through a diverse portfolio of creative relationships and concept-driven projects. Her partnerships range from the Neue Galerie and the Brooklyn Academy of Music to collaborative collections with Manolo Blahnik, designer Soledad Twombly, and luxury retailer Barneys New York. With an installation of hand screen-printed wallpaper at The New York Print Fair and curated exhibitions of her work at the Alberto Levi Gallery in Milan, Sebastian + Barquet in New York and Ralph Pucci International, her practice actively challenges the boundaries of art and design and defies ready distinction between the two spheres. Madeline also maintains philanthropic aims and supports artisans in the communities in which she produces her work. She is a patron of Project Mala, a non-profit organization committed to building schools in the carpet weaving regions of India.

Madeline works and resides in New York City.