June’s 4 Freshest Design Discoveries

Take a peek at some of the buzziest news in the Connecticut scene.

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Westport designer Sam Allen’s coveted interiors are now accessible via a new e-commerce site, The Shop by Sam Allen. “I’ve curated a collection that reflects a Scandinavian-Californian approach to design,” says Allen. “It’s a relaxed, comfortable style of living, yet elevated, that incorporates the clean lines and natural materials of Scandinavian design.” His exclusive, handcrafted furniture– Handmade by The Shop by Sam Allen—is made in New England and deliverable in as little as six weeks. The array of styles includes dining, cocktail and side tables, nightstands, consoles, buffets and benches in a variety of sizes, finishes and wood materials. The Olive dining table, shown here, is fashioned from white oak with a cerused finish. Featuring multiple vendors and artisans, The Shop will continue to evolve, including a downtown Westport storefront/studio opening in August 2022.

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The pandemic was the impetus for New Canaan residents Danielle Kilarjian and Emily Warshowsky to start their home organizing business, Simply Sorted Living. With people spending more time at home, the two women saw the need for efficient space planning, decluttering and organization, allowing clients to focus on the important things in life. “We believe in creating systems that help families maintain order in their homes,” they note. Considering themselves “home therapists,” the pair identifies the things that aren’t working— obstacles hindering daily life—and find solutions that are both functional and beautiful. “Everything should have a home and a place,” says Kilarjian. “The goal is to leave the space filled with things that make you feel great.” Simply Sorted Living has quickly grown to include six organizers with clients throughout Connecticut, Westchester and NYC.

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Stamford-based Accurate Lock & Hardware has introduced a new collection of elegant knobs and levers in collaboration with interior and product designer Thom Filicia. Blending classic forms with a modern sensibility, the assemblage of four styles and 10 finishes includes a mix of textures and materials. “I’m inspired by everything around me—from fashion to automobiles, art, history, people and the natural world,” says Filicia. “I drew from all of those inspirations to create a hardware collection of elegant and sculptural pieces.” Accurate Lock & Hardware’s Old-World craftsmanship is coupled with modern technology to execute Filicia’s jewelry-like hardware designs to create Thom Filicia for Accurate.

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Ashley Stark Kenner, the creative director of Stark and a prominent design influencer, has launched an e-commerce destination, Ashley Stark Home. Partnering with Stark and the House of Scalamandré, the site offers rugs and wallpaper, but will also feature a selection of home décor, lighting and tabletop, all hand selected by Stark Kenner. Her first collaboration includes handmade faux florals with Diane James Home. “The Ashley Stark Home brand enables me to connect with my followers in a way that I’ve never been able to before, giving direct access to everything that inspires me and that I am using within my own home,” says Stark Kenner.