The Hudson Valley is rife with makers and aesthetic curators that are defining a globally inspired, locally available style. From hand-loomed textiles to light fixtures, here are three design and decor products from Hudson Valley-based companies that we’re drooling over this autumn.
Hudson Valley Home Goods
Chamber Light Fixtures, Workstead
To celebrate the Brooklyn-based Workstead’s 10th anniversary this summer, the architectural and interiors company opened a second studio in Hudson and launched its new “Chamber” line of lighting fixtures. As weekend residents of Hudson, Workstead’s cofounders, Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler, who married at a local Dutch barn in 2011, create custom-designed spaces and furnishings blending Midcentury Modern, Contemporary, and historic elements. At their new, 1,000-square-foot upstate auspices on Warren Street, they are continuing to “explore concepts of enclosure and seriality,” says Highsmith. Workstead’s products can be seen at Hudson’s Rivertown Lodge, which Highsmith and Brechbuehler designed in 2015. The Chamber collection features sculptural metal shrouds that can be raised and lowered to reveal light by degree or conceal it altogether and display only its glow. The line’s four pieces—sconce, pendant, chandelier, and table lamp—are available in brushed nickel, bronze, and brass finishes.
Squarish Chair—In Bloom, Carol Kurth
Architect and interior designer Carol Kurth, based in Bedford, is well known for blending art and design. Her new “Squarish Chair—In Bloom” follows suit as the first piece in a collection currently in development, which promises to similarly juxtapose form and function. The swivel chair is also a dynamic piece of sculpture. Its cream-colored, leather-upholstered tapered lines are accented by a bold cut-out that draws attention to its frame. Handcrafted leather flowers further emphasize the chair’s dynamism, seemingly blooming from the chair in artful clusters that signify hope, according to Kurth. She says she designed the piece “with a vision to create a chair that literally flourished beyond the boundaries of the surface of the chair, and creating an interplay of shadows.” The Squarish Chair debuted at an artisans’ panel at the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City last May. So far, Kurth’s new collection also includes award-winning hardware.
Bogolanfini is the traditional fabric of the West African country of Mali, and is as unusual in its materials as it is in its production. First, women dye the 100-percent cotton cloth with fermented mud. Then, using narrow looms, men weave the cotton into 5.9-inch strips of fabric and sew them together to create clothing and home goods that are available from Adolophine, founded by a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the daughter of a diplomat, Adolophine grew up traveling the world and learning the import business from her mother. Now based in New York City and the Hudson Valley with her family, her mission is to promote African craftsmanship as well as bridge gaps between cultures—and to honor the strong businesswomen she grew up knowing. Adolophine’s bogolan throw blankets (53”x63”) and pillow covers (27”x20”) are striking, modern, and adaptable to many decors.