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New shops, a showroom, and a luxury collection.
World-renowned interior designer Chuck Chewning has never forgotten his Southern roots. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Chewning has banked more than 30 years’ experience in luxury residential, hospitality and preservation design. The former design director of Studio Rubelli and creative director of Donghia has lived in London, Milan and New York, but returned to Savannah to open his own design studio. He is adding retail to his resume with the addition of Courtyard by Chuck Chewning, located in the city’s historic district. The shop is filled with beautiful, curated tabletop, gifts and gardening accessories. When asked what inspired him to expand his global design firm with a retail shop, Chewning said: “A conversation with friends over dinner made me realize that there was nothing like this in the market. Other clients described having to travel far afield to find great sources for outdoor living. I have always had a passion for garden furnishings, both vintage and new, and over the years have accumulated a wide range of resources for acquiring them. I felt the time was right to fill this niche for designers and consumers on the hunt for truly special outdoor finds.”
Mind Your Manners
Opening its first US-based showroom in the New York Design Center, London’s luxury rug company Jennifer Manners brings its commitment to handmade heritage and sustainable design stateside.Founded in 2014, the studio is recognized for bespoke design and pushing the boundaries of weaving and materiality. The 2,300-square-foot showroom in NYC provides a gallery-like space to show off the rugs, displayed alongside furnishings by fellow Brit design house Julian Chichester. The brand’s latest introduction, the Pioneer collection, is composed of hand–knotted rugs in Himalayan wool and bamboo silk.
Interior designer William Lyon has opened a studio on Wall Street in downtown Norwalk. The brick-and-mortar location will serve as a project and meeting space for his design business and include a collection of curated furniture, lighting, art and accessories. “My business is growing, and I needed a space to be unapologetically creative,” says Lyons. “I really love the Norwalk area. There are other interior designers in close proximity, as well as the workrooms I like to use and an antique shop right down the street—it feels like home.” Open by appointment.
Monogram unveiled its first designer series with uber-talented interior designer and Monogram Creative Director Richard T. Anuszkiewicz at the 2023 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. The collection—in luxury metals of brass and titanium—features customizable options for ventilation hoods, refrigerator panels and handle hardware. Anuszkiewicz designed each piece with exacting proportions in a tailored, refined style. Monogram partnered with the Keeler Brass Company to create the hardware, produced exclusively in America. Appliance handles are wrapped in sustainably sourced Greenguard Gold Certified durable leather with decorative brass trim inspired by classic timepieces. “I wanted to design a product that was thought-provoking and distinctive, and Keeler Brass Company x Monogram made this possible,” notes Anuszkiewicz. “These handles are the definition of craftsmanship, and they embody function and beauty.”
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