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Does commercial success hinder creativity in design?


Design panel discussion with Amanda Pratt interior architect founder of Salon Design

Panel discussion followed by a Q&A. Wine will be served before and during the panel.



Annie Block : Executive Editor of Interior Design magazine

Shanan Campanaro:

Eskayel is a New York-based textile design studio that weaves fine art with exacting craftsmanship. Dedicated to sustainable innovation and lasting beauty, it treats all environments conscientiously. Each of Eskayel’s one-of-a-kind designs originates from a painting inspired by nature or travel and created by studio founder Shanan Campanaro.  Using eco-friendly methods, including water-based pigment ink, regional production and sustainably sourced materials, Eskayel evolves these artworks into hand-tied rugs, wall coverings, home linens, fabrics, furnishings, accessories and more. Working with trusted, transparent production partners, the studio makes each item to order to eliminate stock waste and ensure superior quality.

Bec Brittain

Bec Brittain founded her studio in Brooklyn in 2011, designing and producing the critically-acclaimed SHY light.The studio moved to Manhattan in 2016, and after a renovation, her adjacent showroom reopened in March, 2017. Bec, who is entirely self-taught, designs and engineers all her products, which are the expressions of her own ideas, rather than being market-driven. All her designs are made in New York, using a variety of techniques and a network of local fabricators and artisans, and every piece is assembled by hand in the studio under Bec’s supervision. Bec prefers to run a small-scale studio – crossover and cooperation insure that everyone has a role in everything, creating a strong and tight-knit team. For Bec, this hands-on method is equally effective for projects both small and large, and for both production pieces and custom projects. While Bec deliberately chooses not to have a large company, her studio has the expertise and experience to execute projects at many scales, including large, site-specific commissions.

Andreea Avram Rusu

Avram Rusu Studio creates distinctly sculptural work of exacting craftsmanship.  The Brooklyn based company was founded in 2004 by architect Andreea Avram Rusu who designs and engineers every collection.  Andreea is passionate about lighting.  “Lighting transforms space.  It is the single greatest determinant of how a space feels.”  

Employing artisanal techniques and luxurious materials, the studio produces products that explore the relationship between art and design.   Serendipity is an integral component of the design ethos, resulting in personal one of a kind pieces.

The rich tradition of hand blown glass informs the lyrical use of color and pattern underlying the signature Confetti Glass and Continuum lighting collections.  A rigorous attention to detail and construction characterizes the work.  Custom modular components allow flexibility of form and multiple finish combinations. 

Avram Rusu Studio works closely with a select group of local artists and artisans including glass blowers, ceramic artists, metal workers, machinists, finishers and wood workers.  Each piece is prototyped and hand built in the company’s Brooklyn studio.