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A peek inside the area's latest design news.

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Brit Style
British-brand OKA has landed in the Northeast with a new store on Main Street in Westport. The shop opened in late December, just in time for Boxing Day. Furnishings in OKA’s signature English style fill the 14,500-square foot store, which spans two floors. Offering an ever-changing series of decorated rooms and vignettes, the space is currently outfitted to mimic a Regency-style London townhouse, a country house in North Wales and a charmingly eclectic cottage in the Cotswolds. Started by three women with a passion for design, OKA’s mission is to promote living well with products that combine comfort and elegance. This is the company’s third US location, following sister stores in Houston and Dallas, Texas.

Mindful Meditation By Well Designed

The year is young, but if you are a designer, you may already be experiencing burnout. Lengthy lead times, tight deadlines, challenging clients and long hours are a few of the roadblocks designers and architects face on a day to-day basis. Interior designer Caleb Anderson (of Drake/Anderson) and his partner, tech professional DeAndre DeVane, launched Well-Designed to foster a healthy and happy design community. Explaining the concept, Anderson notes, “DeAndre and I have both been on a wellness journey for a few years. In that time, I’ve discovered how much better and more enjoyable the design process—and even the broader creative process becomes when my own health, in a holistic sense, is well nurtured. We both felt like this approach to wellness in design—starting with the designer—is something we can share with our community.” Through workshops and retreats, Well-Designed presents the tools and resources to facilitate healthier avenues for creativity, relationships and business growth. DeVane adds, “We sought out professional facilitators and experts in various areas of wellness and created a team, so we can offer beautiful, seamless experiences that address the particular stressors of the design world.”

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Design Swoon
Designer, tastemaker and author Athena Calderone spent two years crafting her collection of lifestyle products for Crate & Barrel. The ensemble includes 137 pieces, including furniture, décor, kitchen and tabletop, ranging in price from $8 to $2,700. Commenting on the partnership she said, “The shared vision of making beautiful design accessible to all was truly captured through this collaboration with Crate & Barrel.” Calderone describes her style as “a worldly, eclectic and curated mash-up of periods, shapes and textures.” Reflecting her clean, modernist aesthetic, Calderone has built a cohesive collection, layering a neutral foundation of classic forms and textural elements in natural materials like cerused wood and travertine. Combined with Crate & Barrel’s design-centric craftsmanship, the timeless pieces are at home in any context, era or architectural style.

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Party Prep
Hudson Grace, a preeminent source for entertaining essentials— tableware, glassware, serving pieces, linens and candles—recently opened its doors in Greenwich. Since founders and friends Monelle Totah and Gary McNatton established their original California shop in 2012, Hudson Grace has expanded exponentially across the country. Marking the occasion, Totah remarked, “Ten years and our tenth store, how’s that for having a wish come true?” The design purveyors have specific guidelines when choosing store locations. “When we opened our first store in the Presidio Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, we knew we wanted to be a in a beautiful neighborhood with great foot traffic, catering to a clientele that not only loves their homes, but, like Gary and myself, love to entertain,” says Totah. “Since that very first store, we have curated and edited our locations to follow that same criterion. We want to be that shop down the street where you go to get what you need for your dinner party, that special family dinner or to purchase that unexpected hostess gift.” The Greenwich shop will see an expanded assortment of tabletop, antiques, furniture and home textiles, including a bedding introduction in early 2023.

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