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Arteriors Introduced The Windsor Smith Collection At High Point Market
May 15, 2015 - Arteriors, a leading provider of luxury lighting, occasional furniture and decorative accessories, reported that it introduced its latest designer collaboration, the Windsor Smith Collection , during the spring 2015 High Point Market (April 18-23).
Developed in collaboration with renowned LA-based interior designer, Windsor Smith, the collection reflects a modern design sensibility with a lyrical bend on traditional aesthetics. The assortment of furniture, lighting and decorative accessories includes a variety of materials and finishes including quartz crystal, marble, resin, antique brass and vintage silver.
Influenced by classical elements of Greek and Roman design, the collection includes pieces like the Larissa Lamp, a resin urn form with a modern chocolate brown drum shade; the Elis Bench, constructed of woven gray suede, and the Adonia Sconce, a twisted horn shape finished in a white lacquer with metallic detail.
"Windsor’s design approach and distinct aesthetic make for a refreshing and unique addition to the Arteriors brand. We’re excited to debut the collection at the High Point Market and to bring it into our various showrooms and stores Los Angeles and Dallas," said Mark Moussa, Founder and Creative Director of Arteriors.
Smith adds, "When I began to work on this line for Arteriors, I knew I had found the perfect partner. I admire their attention to detail, commitment to uncompromised quality and the appreciation of beautiful design. I’m thrilled with the collection that we’ve brought to life – the pieces have a modern sensibility and timeless elegance."
Bronson Design Studio Joins Forces with Interlude Home
March 17, 2015 - Bronson Design is proud to announce we are now an authorized dealer for Interlude Home. Led by Carl Philips, Interlude, a premier home furnishings collection, designs and curates the most exclusive accessories, accent furniture, lighting and wall decor from across the globe. With Carl’s business acumen and keen eye and his wife Wendy’s distinguished background in fashion, Interlude is a one-stop resource for what’s now and what’s next. Creating distinctive pieces in partnership with the most exceptional artisans and craftsman, Interlude offers supremely stylish accents that are absolutely of-the-moment but suitably classic to work wonderfully with any aesthetic.
Bronson Design Studio Partners with Livex Lighting
May 5, 2014 - Bronson Design is pleased to announce a partnership with Livex Lighting to offer decorative residential lighting for indoor and outdoor applications. Livex products are highly detailed and meticulously finished by some of the best craftsmen in the business. They are constantly responding to the ever-changing needs, styles and fashions of the lighting industry while at the same time maintaining the highest standards of quality at the most affordable price.
About Livex Lighting: Livex Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor of decorative residential lighting. The company was founded in 1993 and is now headquartered in a 150,000 square foot facility in Somerset, New Jersey. Livex Lighting currently offers over 3,500 products ranging from lighting fixtures for indoor and outdoor applications to lampshades, chandelier shades, ceiling medallions, table lamps and floor lamps.
PORT 68 Launches Licensed Collection with Scalamandré
December 20, 2013 - Renowned high-end textiles house Scalamandré has partnered with lighting, accents and home decor resource Port 68 for a licensed collection of lighting, accent upholstery and decor that debuted at the October 2013 High Point Market. The Scalamandré Maison for Port 68 line was inspired by Scalamandré’s signature fabrics and wallcovering, and design refinements include handpainted porcelain, lacquer and rich gold-leafed metal appliqué.
"We are thrilled to introduce the luxurious lifestyle of Scalamandré to the marketplace with Scalamandré Maison for Port 68," said Michael Yip, president, Port 68. "The history of such venerated patterns as Le Zebre and Jour de Juin is captured in this timeless, fresh collection. The designer rich patterns are chic and classic and it will be exciting to see the partnership grow for years to come."
Steven Stolman, president of Scalamandré, said, "Scalamandré is honored to partner with Port 68 for this wonderful collection. Seeing our iconic patterns come to life in new, unexpected ways is so exciting to all of us who are part of the journey of taking America’s most revered textile house into the future."
Bronson Design Studio Now Offers PayPal
December 3, 2012 - We are pleased to announce we now offer the alternate payment method of PayPal. According to the Forrester Research study, 72 percent of U.S. online consumers have a PayPal account.
By choosing PayPal Express Checkout, customers can save time by skipping several checkout steps using the billing and shipping information stored on PayPal. This can be particularly beneficial to the growing number of customers shopping via a mobile phone. Instead of taking out a credit card to pay and entering the billing and shipping information on a tiny keyboard, they can choose PayPal and be done in a few clicks.
Customers can also get 6 months financing on orders of $99 or more when they pay with Bill Me Later, a PayPal service. No Payments + No Interest if paid in full in 6 months on purchases of $99 or more!
Bronson Design Studio Launches Mobile Version of Website
September 7, 2012 - We are pleased to announce that we launched a mobile version of our website this week. Accessible from any web-enabled phone or smartphone, the site connects you, wherever you may be, with the Internet’s most trusted source for lamps, lighting fixtures, home décor and furniture. Visit http://www.BronsonDesign.com from any web-enabled phone to test drive the site – it automatically detects your device and displays the mobile version for iPhone, Android, iPod Touch, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7 and Palm.
The mobile website provides customers with the same information as the regular Bronson Design Studio site; however, site navigation is structured for ease of use on any browser enabled mobile device. Product images are optimized to load quickly and are sized for small screens, while text and navigation buttons are made for use with fingers, not a mouse and keyboard. Page load-times are kept to a minimum…more shopping, less waiting!
Featuring an expedited checkout process, the Bronson Design Studio mobile website makes it easier than ever to find and buy lamps, home decor and furniture online while on the go. Customers can view the entire catalog of nearly 20,000 Bronson Design Studio products. From mirrors, lamps, lighting fixtures, wall decor, artwork, clocks, and accent furniture, mobile customers can call-up product images, descriptions and specifications to find exactly what they want, when they need it.
It’s this all-access concept that makes the mobile website such a valuable tool in home décor. Inspiration for renovations and home re-design projects can strike at any time (i.e. when people aren’t sitting in front of a computer). With our new mobile site, users can find chandeliers and lighting fixtures or home furnishings from wherever they happen to be – whether at the airport terminal during a flight delay or waiting in line at the DMV. The Bronson Design Studio mobile website revolutionizes the way people utilize technology for their home design projects, by giving them full access to store information, product information and resources – whenever and wherever.
We’re already thinking about ways to improve our mobile website and we’d love to hear your suggestions on how to make the mobile experience better – so please drop us a line.
Bronson Design Studio Launches New Blog
July 20, 2012 - Check out our new blog – Inside the Designers Studio – a tongue-in-cheek homage to the American television show Inside the Actors Studio, hosted by James Lipton on the Bravo cable television channel.
Just as the TV show deliberately uses a slower pace in the interviews as compared with a typical celebrity interview, our blog will most likely have a slower pace than the thousands of home decor blogs already out there. However, we’ll strive to post at least once or twice a week.
We want to make it a place where we hope to answer a question for a potential shopper, so if you have suggestions for articles please let us know.
Just Added: Pinterest Pin It Button
February 16, 2012 - Chances are you've heard of Pinterest, the latest Web addiction for millions. If you haven't heard of it, find the nearest twenty or thirtysomething woman. She'll likely know what's up and can tell you all about it...if she can stop pinning that is. Pinterest is a visual bulletin board for the Web. It thrives on beautifully simple images of ideas for the home. These images are grouped together on a user's page, creating an inspiration board of ideas.
The website is a “virtual pinboard,” which lets users organize images, recipes and other things they find on the Web. When it called Pinterest one of the “50 Best Websites of 2011” in August, Time magazine wrote: “The basic idea behind Pinterest — which lets you create and share collections of stuff you like in any category you choose — has been tried before by startups that didn't make much of a mark. This time it might take off.” Pinterest has been around for almost two years, but has seen a meteoric rise in interest over the last couple of months. In December, Pinterest became one of the Web's Top 10 social networks, according to tracking firm Hitwise.
How do you find Bronson Design on Pinterest? Simple. We’ve have added an icon at the bottom of all our web pages, next to the Facebook and Twitter icons, that links to our Pinterest page. We've also added a "Pin It" button to every product page to allow you to pin photos of your favorite products to your Pinterest boards. When you pin listings with the Pin It button, the required pin description field is prefilled with the item title and price. You can also add a note about why you like the item!
Read more here to learn how to create your own Pinterest account, understand Pinterest terminology, and get you on the right track. Happy pinning!
Bronson Design Studio Partners with Cyan Design
January 2012 - Bronson Design is pleased to announce a business alliance with Cyan Design to offer decorative accessories for the most vibrant interior design. Cyan Design continuously updates their product line of ornamental objects, stunning glass vases, garden and patio objects, embellished frames, mirrors, wall decor and a vast collection of the finest lighting fixtures.
About Cyan Design: Texas-based Cyan Design, a division of Quorum International, features a delightful collection of winsome objets d'art and one-of-a-kind furnishings designed and produced for the discriminating home. Founded in 2004, the hallmark of the innovative company is eclectic elegance coupled with compelling value. With over 2,000 designer accessories that are in stock and typically ship within 24 hours. Home remodelers, interior designers, decorators, and independent retail customers all rely on Cyan Design's vast inventory and award-winning customer service.
Bronson Design Studio Partners with Arteriors Home
October 2011 - Bronson Design is pleased to announce a partnership with Arteriors Home to offer unique accessories, furniture and lighting with timeless appeal and a nod to latest trends. Designers Lisa Luby Ryan and Laura Kirar are featured. In Laura Kirar's second collection of luxurious accessories and lighting for Arteriors Home, she has once again incorporated her reverence for materials and craftsmanship.
"This year's collection has a chic nighttime feel to it, and I want the room to sparkle, like it is wearing jewelry" Laura said. Laura's accessories are jewelry for the room. Modern, architectural pieces can meet and mingle with pieces that are more whimsical, decorative, inspired by forms in nature, or possessing more of a flourish or hand-crafted feel. Modern and traditional can enjoy each other's company, she says. "I do these objects as conversation pieces. Yet I also think they speak to each other with their energy and their artistic quality."
Bronson Design Studio Launches New Website & Logo
MONTCLAIR, New Jersey (May 12, 2011) Bronson Design Studio, a family owned/operated business synonymous with excellence in the home decor industry for over 30 years, launched its new logo and redesigned website earlier this week.
A good logo is distinctive, appropriate, practical, graphic, simple in form, and conveys an intended message. We believe our new logo is all of that. It creates a unique brand that makes Bronson Design Studio instantly recognizable on all marketing venues including social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. In creating our new site, we wanted to distinguish ourselves from the cluttered look of cookie-cutter websites offered by so many of our competitors in the home decor industry. There were two main objectives when developing our new web presence: first was to embrace minimalism. Essentially, minimalism refers to simple, unadorned designs that embody only the most basic and fundamental needs. It's about taking things away until nothing else can be removed without interfering with the purpose of the design. The navigation, layout and content of the website all take on this 'less-is-more' philosophy to make it a more engaging and user-friendly experience. The second objective was to simply provide the largest product images possible without requiring customers to rely on gadgetry to enlarge the photos to an acceptable size. When it comes to product images, size matters. It is important to have good quality images that are large enough for people to see them clearly.
We'd love to hear your feedback on our new look! Please feel free to drop us a line or post on our Facebook Page.
Bronson Design Studio is honored for retailing excellence by Home Accents Today magazine
May 4, 2011 (Greensboro, NC) – Bronson Design Studio, located at 207 Bellevue Avenue in Montclair NJ, has been named one of Home Accents Today’s 50 Retail Stars for 2011 by editors of the premier trade magazine for the home accents industry. The stores selected have demonstrated that they operate successfully in their marketing areas, exhibit strength in merchandising, display and/or advertising, and have a positive presence in their local communities.
Home Accents Today editors focused on independent and family-run retailers, specifically those considered specialty, home accent or home furnishings stores. Members of the industry were invited to suggest stores and retailers were encouraged to submit information describing their businesses. This list was compiled and narrowed down by research analysts and editors of the publication.
"The 2011 Retail Stars represent some of the best independent stores in the country," said Jenny Heinzen York, editor in chief. "In a harsh economic climate where mere survival has equaled success for many, this year’s Stars have faced down the challenges with innovation, creativity and fortitude. We salute these inspiring entrepreneurs, and as always, encourage everyone to support their own local businesses."
The 50 Retail Stars feature, sponsored by Americasmart Atlanta, is published in the May 2011 issue of Home Accents Today.
Please direct inquiries to:
Home Accents Today
7025 Albert Pick Road, Suite 200, Greensboro, N.C. 27409
Uttermost Adds Austin Inventory to Product Line
August 20, 2010 - Uttermost has acquired all the product inventory of Austin Productions as well as the nonexclusive rights to reproduce select items. So far, 64 Austin items have been added to the Uttermost line. More items will be added to the line once they have replenished the stock levels.
350 Austin items have been added to the Uttermost Overstock List and will be sold at clearance prices. These overstocks are available on a first come first serve basis, and will be available for a limited time only.
Austin Productions, founded in 1953, always had a strong reputation for their great product line. If you were not previously a customer of Austin Productions, be sure to review these offerings because you will find quality products at exceptional savings.
Bronson Design Studio Offers New Line of Venetian Mirrors
August 7, 2010 - Bronson Design Studio, LLC announced today an exciting new partnership with Mirrors by Venetian (aka Venetian Gems). This is one of the largest collections of high quality Venetian Mirrors you'll find anywhere. Using old world techniques copied from Venice Italy, each of their mirrors is hand etched, cut, beveled, and polished in their factory in the Philippines. Each hand-cut mirror piece is assembled separately and attached to a wood backing with a tiny screw and rosette cover, making the design unique in that each piece can be replaced if necessary. Each mirror comes with a hanger for easy wall hanging.
Our Venetian mirrors are more readily available, easier on the budget, and have the original charm and beauty of 16th and 17th century styles. We hope that you will share in our enthusiasm and passion for their beautiful design and superior quality.
Paragon Named 21st ARTS Award Winner in Wall Décor
January 20, 2010 - Paragon was honored to be the recipient of the 21st ARTS Award in Wall Décor Manufacturing at the ARTS Awards Gala on Saturday, January 16, at the Dallas Market Center. The win also marks Paragon’s induction as the first wall décor manufacturer in ARTS Hall of Fame. On hand to accept the award was Lendell Glassco -Paragon President; Malanta Glassco-Knowles – Vice President of Marketing and Design; Vince Glassco – Propac President.
"This is our fifth win and we are just awestruck at the support and loyalty of our customers," said Lendell Glassco, Paragon President. "We are truly blessed to have dedicated employees and sales reps who work hard, along with customers who place their confidence in us each time they order."
"We are truly honored to be the first wall décor manufacturer inducted in the ARTS Hall of Fame," said Malanta Glassco-Knowles, Vice President of Marketing and Design. "I think it’s great that we have made it to the Hall of Fame in the same year we are celebrating Paragon’s 35th year in business."
Every year the Accessory Resource Team, along with the Dallas Market Center sponsor the prestigious ARTS Awards Program. The ARTS Awards is the only international program recognizing excellence in the retailing, manufacturing, product design and sales representation of decorative accessories. Through the ARTS program, retailers, manufacturers, product designers and sales representatives are recognized by their peers for excellence in the development of product, retail merchandising and sales representation of decorative accessories.
Follow Bronson Design Studio on Twitter & Facebook
July 17, 2009 - As social networking websites continue to take over the lives of millions around the world, we at bronsondesign.com have decided to join in on the fun as well. We now have a Facebook application and a Twitter account! What does that mean to you? Please read on...
I think the majority of people know what Facebook is. You either have an account yourself, your kids do, or you’ve at least heard of it. Our Facebook application can be added to Facebook Pages (Business or Personal) and basically allows you to shop for our products from within the confines of Facebook (i.e. in a social/community setting). It has a built-in wishlist function that allows visitors to share product ideas with their friends and comment on items as well.
Twitter is a more recent phenomenon, but if the constant media coverage of Twitter hasn't gotten your attention, let me be the first to break the news to you…Twitter is popular! Visits to Twitter have increased 1,382 percent since last year - from 475,000 unique visitors in February 2008 to 7 million in February 2009, according to Nielsen. Who is Tweeting? Adults between the ages of 35 and 49 comprise almost 42 percent of the site's audience.
The basic concept of Twitter is to update other people via short text messages (140 characters or less) on your status or what you are currently doing. We envision using our Twitter account to occasionally push information to our followers such as announcing new product introductions, price increase/decrease alerts, passing on interesting news/offers from our manufacturers, etc. It’ll be an additional way to keep you informed of what’s going on at bronsondesign.com; a social messaging utility for staying connected in real-time.
How do you find us on Twitter and Facebook? Simple. We’ve have added two icons at the bottom of all our web pages, one links to our Twitter page and the other to our Facebook Application. I will warn you that if you do not have a Facebook or a Twitter account you will need to sign up for one, but it’s absolutely free and easy to set up.
Bronson Design Studio, LLC Offers Private Label Home Accessory Line
April 6, 2009 - Bronson Design Studio, LLC announced today an exciting new private label home accessory line under the BDS brand. This is one of the largest collections of high quality accents for home and garden you'll find anywhere - from lamps, wall art, accent furniture and ceramics, to decorative plates and garden accessories. Our manufacturing partners have over 25 years of success in the home accessories industry with products displayed in showrooms in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Dallas, High Point and Chicago, along with international market presence in China and Germany.
The designers and product development team push creativity, taste and fashion trends – layering styles, periods, textures, and regions of the world – to create a visually delightful and meaningful environment at an unbeatable price.
70 of the 789 pieces were designed by Carolyn Kinder. Carolyn Kinder’s name has become synonymous with classic, timeless design. She has over three decades of experience in design, product development and manufacturing of unique and innovative collections for the home furnishing industry. Carolyn travels the globe discovering sources that deliver new looks, rich textures, layered finishes, and unique raw materials, all refined into the signature Kinder look.
Quoizel Debuts Two New Designer Lines
January 15, 2009 - Quoizel debuted two new designer lines at the Dallas Winter Market:
Raffine' designs are inspired by the romance and refinement of 19th and 20th century Europe. Artisan craftsmanship is revealed in traditional ironwork with hand-forged ornaments, flared scrolls, and serpentine curves. Transitional styles exude elegance and softness of form while contemporary designs are as clean as they are sophisticated.
Vintage designs are finished by hand using silver and gold leaf, multiple layers of color accents, deep glazes and highlights for a luscious rich patina. Transitional and contemporary forms are finished in metallic surfaces such as bronze, copper, nickel and heirloom silver plate.
Raffine designs are embellished with unique materials from around the world: semi-precious African Prase Jasper and Cloudy Grey Quartz stones; decorative Mother of Pearl, Pacific seashells and pickled wood; jewelry components such as hand chiseled glass nuggets and subtle toned transparent beading; and of course, brilliant Swarovski crystal. All faithfully French-pinned like their European inspirations.
About Richard Soard
Richard Soard was named creative director of design for Quoizel on 01/02/2008. He brings with him nearly 40 years of experience, most recently as vice president of design at Arteriors Home, and prior to that as vice president of design and product development for Currey & Company. Designing chandeliers for a different market segment is an exciting new challenge for him. Designers and home furnishings stores have been the market he served his entire career, so having a core customer whose primary product is lighting is quite thrilling. Richard's product reflects a lifetime of passion for design and an unwavering commitment to quality. "I love to build beautiful things. I can’t wait to present to you the beautiful things I have created for Quoizel."
About Laurie Smith
Laurie Smith was the one of the first designers to hit the airwaves on TLC’s breakout hit show Trading Spaces. Now, in the show’s eighth season, and multiple Emmy nominations to boot, fans get to see Laurie’s modern classic design each week as they remake a space in just 48 hours.
Laurie has appeared on The View, several times on The Today Show, where she decorated Katie Couric’s office, and has been featured in numerous magazines, such as House Beautiful, House & Garden, Metropolitan Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living, Woman’s Day, Guidepost, and O Magazine. Laurie currently writes a monthly column titled “Solving Spaces" for Better Homes and Gardens.
Self described as a “modern classic," Laurie uses color and vibrancy to create new spaces and always does so with style and passion. Always bringing forward up-to-the minute color and style, however, when it’s all said and done Laurie doesn’t stray away from her classical training. January 2009 marks the release date for Laurie’s lighting line to launch through Quoizel to distributors nationwide.
Meet Uttermost's Designers
About Carolyn Kinder
Carolyn Kinder has over two decades of experience in designing and developing innovative collections for the home furnishings industry. Carolyn has an established reputation within the home industry that has become synonymous with classic, timeless design. The industry recognized her achievement in January of 2000 when she became the first woman to receive the ART Academy of Achievement Award, which honors lifetime achievement in the accessories industry.
Carolyn’s career started as an artist, teacher, and then founder of her first company, Kinder-Harris, which became an award-winning, multimillion dollar international accessory company. Carolyn became known as an industry leader in three important areas: strong, timeless design, the coordination of products from the separate fields of the accessory industry, and use of point-of-sale display units and materials to present a dramatic approach on the floor of the retailer.
Carolyn eventually sold her interest in Kinder-Harris and in 1992, she began the development of Carolyn Kinder, Inc., a multi-faceted company which serves the home interior industry on a broader scale through a series of licensee companies, each a leader in its field. This new business continues to address the area of product development, but is also developing new marketing techniques for consumers by focusing on the many obstacles they face in providing a beautiful, functional, and comfortable home for their families.
In 2002, Carolyn founded Carolyn Kinder International. With the formation of this company, Carolyn searched and acquired additional talented staff with a diversified skill set to implement her plan. This multi-dimensional company continues to focus on delivering award winning designs and creating interesting licensing partnerships, all complemented with the power of media.
Carolyn Kinder and Uttermost have enjoyed a significant business partnership for over 10 years. The relationship began in wall décor, and has expanded in recent years into portable and fixed lighting. Carolyn’s unique style, passion, and vision for the future make her very special to Uttermost, and to the entire home décor industry.
About Grace Feyock
Grace Feyock has designed home décor products for over three decades. Grace began her career as a fine art watercolorist, where she developed a unique and recognizable style. Using this and her other artistic talents, her artwork grew into a successful framed art business in 1982.
As a former co-owner of Robert Grace, Inc., she was known for her prolific new designs introduced semi-annually. Grace produced thousands of original designs combining traditional looks with unique and complex mat treatments. In addition, Grace introduced the concept of unusual materials within artwork, such as leather, wood, and metals. Robert Grace enjoyed fast growth based on Grace’s product designs, ultimately selling most of the major home décor retailers in the U.S., as well as many international clients.
Grace's designs, through Uttermost, can be found all over the world, and in many different forms. She designs art, mirrors, accent furniture, accessories, and lighting. Her work continues to be in high demand and specifically requested by the top retailers in the industry.
Grace and Uttermost have enjoyed an exclusive business relationship for many years, and have experienced strong growth together. Grace does much of her design work overseas, teaching and educating the factories on new finishing techniques, new materials, and new construction methods. Her career success is built on her truly unique product designs that follow her own sense of style and flair.
About Billy Moon
Billy Moon, an icon in the home furnishings industry, has been designing unique product for over twenty years. Billy first made a name for himself with the launch of the Moon Collection in the 80’s, a line of clay and metal accessories. Following his new product introduction, Billy opened his own exclusive factory in Mexico to produce his designs. As a result of his immediate success, Billy gained nationwide recognition and distribution in many of the top retail stores in the country. He received the ARTS award, the most prestigious home furnishings award in the industry, for three straight years in the early 1990’s. This is a feat that few companies or designers have ever achieved in the industry.
Billy, a native Texan, has most recently moved his design operation and residence to China, under the company name MoonStyle. His focus under Moonstyle is the development and creation of the industry’s most creative and unique accessories, accent furniture, wall décor, and lighting products. His flair to match exotic materials with consumer tastes is unmatched, which creates high demand for his product. Billy’s creations are flavored by his significant travel around the world, as he integrates many of the natural resources and unique cultural elements into each of his items.
Billy has a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A in International Business from the University of Dallas.
Uttermost is proud to be working with Billy Moon, and to manufacture and market his great designs.
About Francois Degueurce
Born and raised in France, Francois was in law school, and part of a student exchange program at the time he came to the USA for the first time. During that trip, Francois went to Louisiana to visit distant cousins and met Teresa. One year later, he decided to follow his heart, dropped out of law school and moved to Louisiana permanently. He and his wife have now been married for 27 years.
As a student, Francois had worked part time job for his mother in her antique furniture/interior design firm. Francois became very interested and even apprenticed in Dijon with a renowned antique furniture restorer. Building upon those skills, Francois soon had a thriving business in Shreveport, LA, selling and restoring antique furniture.
By 1986, this business had evolved into a company producing custom made furniture, mirrors and accessories distributed through designer showrooms. In 1996, Francois accepted a position with "John Richard Collection", and consecrated all of his time on designing rather than producing.
A self-taught designer, Francois worked for companies such as "Fine Art Lamps", "Kichler" (as senior designer), and "Corbett" (as VP of design). In 2002 Francois became a freelance designer with clients such as "Corbett", "Minka", " Savoy House", "Thomas lighting", "Stylicon", "Liberty Hardware", etc. in the Continental US, in addition to select Canadian and British clients. Since November 2006, Francois has designed exclusively for Uttermost.
About Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams established his reputation as a premier home furnishings designer in 1998 at the age of 26 when he designed two lamps for Maitland-Smith that broke all the company’s previous records for lighting sales. These lamps are still in production today. They are the Balloon lamp and the renowned Maitland-Smith Monkey lamp. Since that time he has developed thousands of new products in nearly all categories related to home furnishings including accent furniture, accessories, wall décor, lighting, upholstery, bedroom and dining room furniture.
In 2001, at the age of 29, Matthew became the Vice President of Design for Maitland-Smith, considered by most at that time to be the industry’s leading company for the design and making of luxury accent furniture, lighting and accessories. Prior to becoming the company’s design leader he traveled and directed the global sourcing efforts for new, unique and exciting materials to use on the company’s newest and most innovative designs. During this time Matthew was also the head of the design and merchandising efforts for the lighting and accessory categories.
Before entering the home furnishings industry Matthew worked as an industrial designer. His designs for Rubbermaid were featured in Business Week’s annual issue, “Best New Products of the Year" in 1995 and again in 1996. He also won Bronze and Silver international Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) related to those product designs. Matthew received his bachelor’s of Industrial Design at the North Carolina State University College of Design where he was awarded the Merit Award by the faculty for best overall achievement in the field of study.
Today Matthew travels the world developing new items for your home. He is always looking for the next new thing and designing that special item that you will be proud to have in your home. For his designs he pushes the limits on form and composition achieving the most advanced look possible for today’s market. His designs often invoke a story, theme or a feeling that leads to a desire to own them.
Uttermost is pleased to have Matthew working on new products for our line. He brings a passion to design and making great things. He is responsible for extending our operation in the Far East into exciting new places and infusing fresh new designs into our existing vendor base. We look forward to a very long and successful relationship with Matthew.
About David Frisch
David Frisch was born in Arizona in 1965. He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson and graduated from the College of Architecture in 1988. In 1992, with his future wife, Susan Frank, he formed Frank + Frisch, a multidisciplinary design consultancy in Los Angeles. Susan and David worked together on a wide variety of projects, including architectural commissions, interior designs, and custom furniture. Their work was widely published in the U.S. and internationally, and they received awards from ID magazine and inclusion in the 1994 International Design Yearbook. They also operated a metal fabrication shop, where they made many of the pieces they designed. Their experiences with the shop are summarized in the book they wrote in 1998 Metal: Design and Fabrication (Whitney Library of Design). This hands on experience with the process of making is evident in their design work, and is a hallmark of many American designers who emerged from the lively and highly experimental design scene in Los Angeles. From 1996 until 2000, Susan and David taught at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
In 2000, they formed Fresh Design Inc., which focuses on home decor products, with a specific emphasis on bringing contemporary design trends to the wider American market. David's goal is to translate new ideas and trends from fashion, architecture, and graphic design into objects that enrich our lives.
Uttermost to Debut Permanent Botanicals
October 16, 2008 - The Uttermost Company will announce the debut of their Permanent Botanical line at next week's High Point Market. From casual garden blooms to striking and vivid exotics, all Botanicals are Uttermost exclusives designed by Constance Leal-Linyard, Grace Feyock, Matthew Williams, and Billy Moon.
Including Botanicals, this is their largest introduction ever with 624 new items. We know times are tough, so we are working harder than ever to bring you the best new products at great values.
Be sure to visit bronsondesign.com to see all of Uttermost's new introductions. They should be available on this web site by late October.