Billy Cotton fans, meet The Billy Cotton Collection. The special new offering of rugs for Scott Group Studio is colorful and chock-full of Americana references. As Cotton recounts, when making works such as an homage to Madeleine Castaing, he was impressed with Scott Group Studio’s mill—so expect nothing but the best in quality. If you need another reason to line up your order, consider what Cotton himself told AD: “I love being in rooms with wall-to-wall carpet. . . . They sound great, they look great, and they feel great.”
Kravet Taps Kelly Wearstler (Once Again)
Polymath and powerhouse interior designer Kelly Wearstler is out with yet another project. Kelly Wearstler V, as the AD100 designer’s latest collection is simply dubbed, is a new assortment of works for Kravet’s Lee Jofa. (As its name implies, this is the fifth instance that the two parties have teamed up to create such an offering.) Alternatively painterly, cubist, and Memphis in its inspiration, the collection melds a myriad of references into one earth-toned effect. In other words, it’s a five-star effort.
Ed Filipowski, Fashion PR Pioneer, Dies
Ed Filipowski, co-chairman of New York–based PR agency KCD, died on Friday at age 58, Business of Fashion and Vogue.com reported. Filipowski’s notable roster of clients included stars such as Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton, and Versace, as well as up-and-coming designers. His New York home, which he designed with former husband and then-Barney’s CEO Mark Lee and architect Mark Janson, was featured in the the March 2011 issue of AD.
Macy’s to Close 30 Stores
This week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Macy’s is set to close 30 of its current locations. While the historic department store is best known for its clothing and accessories, it includes an extensive home department that sells everything from bedding and mattresses to tableware and decor. Nonetheless, the news for Macy’s wasn’t all bad. In terms of their low sales over the holiday season, those numbers were not as low as had been previously expected. So perhaps this strategic retreat will ultimately help position the brand for a more successful future.
Ethnicraft Merges With Sister Brand Notre Monde
In 2013, Ethnicraft acquired High Point, North Carolina–based brand Notre Monde in a partnership that was intended to offer accessories and occasional furniture alongside the Belgian furniture brand’s solid wood assortment. This week, the brands announced a merger, effective January 1, 2020, that integrates Notre Monde’s products into the Ethnicraft portfolio and dissolves Notre Monde as an independent brand. Dawn Sweitzer, who founded Notre Monde in 1997, will remain on board as designer for the accessories category.
Glant Textiles Finds a Design-Savvy New Home
Gary Glant grew up surrounded with great design made by the likes of Jack Lenor Larsen. His Seattle-based, to-the-trade namesake fabric house, Glant Textiles, has been been a testament to that fact for over four decades. But now, Glant Textiles is getting another, exciting new home in the soon-to-expand showroom of John Rosselli. Commenting to AD PRO about the news, John Rosselli & Associates’ managing partner Jonathan Gargiulo says, “Representing Glant Textiles’ innovative collection and expanding our New York showroom offers designers a more comprehensive shopping experience.”
Collectible Design Announces Its Exhibitor List
What does Spain’s Side Gallery, the U.S.’s Sight Unseen, and the U.K.’s Blue Mountain School have in common? This week they’ve all been named—among many others—as organizations set to show at this Spring’s Collectible design fair in Brussels. The fair is the brainchild of design world experts Clélie Debehault and Liv Vaisberg. Thanks in part to the fact that this year’s selection committee included Olivier Gabet, director of Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs, there’s no doubt that the 2020 edition of Collectible will feature a winning ensemble cast.