by Saxon Henry
As we launch fully into the holidays, we introduce four new tastemakers who will grace the top row of our festival of faces, which represents an unparalleled echelon of talent in the design industry. One look at their resumes serves as proof that they are movers and shakers who set the tone for much of what we read and see as we all decide what’s hot (and what’s not) in the world of luxury interiors.
But don’t take our word for it: perusing these briefs and their full profiles makes it clear they’re four authorities solidly in the category called ones to watch!
A Festival of Faces Par Excellence
Digital Imaging Entrepreneur
As you will see from Steve Kalalian’s Tastemaker profile, he steers the rudder of a handful of companies that impact the branding of some of the world’s most recognizable names—think Victoria’s Secret, Neiman Marcus, Estee Lauder, Grey Advertising, Adidas, LVMH, Saatchi and Saatchi, Showtime, NBC Universal and Warner Bros. I know: it’s quite the who’s who of luxurious messaging, which makes us quite proud to have him as a Global Lighting Tastemaker.
As the CEO of the Industrial Color Brands, his understanding of high style is seamlessly woven into his career script, his life-long passion for the arts and technology the driving force behind his varied ambitions. His place on the forefront of the digital imaging industry has been a solid position since he founded Impact Digital in 1991, an early endeavor that has evolved into his creating the Industrial Color Brands—a vertically integrated company undertaking high-end retouching, still and video capture, post-production, and CGI (3D computer graphics)—and his acquiring Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles, California.
The offerings from these digitally driven companies also include the creative workflow software GLOBALedit®, which—combined with the exceptionally high quality of Industrial Color’s equipment rentals—means the photo studios tucked within the company’s 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art headquarters in Tribeca are teeming with any number of notable brands involved in the business of their own branding.
Awards his companies have garnered include APPY, Effie, Art Directors Club, One Club, Ad Age and American Graphic Design awards, as well as the Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Award. From Jay Z’s Magna Carter World Tour to Rag & Bone’s viral fashion film, the company’s 2016 motion reel highlights its full suite of creative production and post-production services. It includes work for Audi, Sephora, Vince Camuto and Alexander Wang—a click-through to this video is well worth the visit if you are craving a splash of visual stimulation that will leave you wanting more!
Steve’s favorite pick of our product choices is the Ceraunavolta 2 designed by Edmondo Testaguzza and Matteo Ugolini for Karman. Given his visual flair, we see this as our version of winning a golden globe! Let’s roll out the red carpet for him by giving him a hearty round of applause, shall we?
Chicago-based design editor and journalist Arianne Nardo has tastemaking in her DNA. The former editor-in-chief of the international luxury interior design magazine interiors and editor of Robb Report Home & Style magazine has been one of the editorial powerhouses setting the bar on high style very high. During her 10-year tenure with interiors, she served as a curator and brand ambassador, cultivating relationships with interior designers, architects and luxury brands; and identifying the finest photographers and writers in the field. The cocktail of coolness she helped to create within the magazine’s pages made it a favorite bit of eye-candy when it landed in my mailbox each time it appeared!
She has also produced photo shoots, directed layouts and has consulted for Maison & Objet in Paris, as well as European brands that were new to the US market. Presently, Arianne is contributing stories and ideas to the Editor at Large platform. She has been named the editor of the brand’s new print edition, The Business of Home, which debuted this fall.
She also continues to host segments for EditorTV, the design industry’s favorite design show. As a moderator and panelist, she’s participated in presentations during the Chicago Design Summit, West Week, the D&D Market, ICFF, and with brands such as Jean de Merry, Lladró, Schumacher and The Shade Store. Her love of interior design is rivaled only by her delirious, delicious quest to discover new products. She will walk every aisle of a trade show three times. See why we saw her as a perfect fit to be lauded as one of our tastemakers?
Combine this with her bubbly personality and genuine loveliness, and you know why everyone enjoys getting to know her. She is also an astute storyteller, as you will see when you read her review of the Ceraunavolta 2, a vintage-inspired fixture designed by Edmondo Testaguzza and Matteo Ugolini for Karman.
John Loecke has long been known as an editorial darling given his talents as an editor and stylist, his list of credits for top shelter publications one of the most impressive we’ve ever seen. With Jason Oliver Nixon, he founded the North Carolina- and New York-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. Known for their whimsical use of color and pattern, the Madcap gents scour the world for eclectic finds that capture their unique viewpoint, which they describe as gimlet-eyed (and we’ve seen for ourselves how apropos this is, which we believe deserves a resounding toast)!
Each project they create is also beautifully livable, a point of view that springs from the fact that they have a rollicking lifestyle filled with travel and peppered with three adorable dogs. Their projects include a jewel-hued loft in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood; a color-rich, playful beach house in Southampton, New York; a sophisticated 1920s-era bungalow in Des Moines, Iowa; a historic shotgun-style cottage in New Orleans’ French Quarter; and a Grade II-listed former mill on the outskirts of London.
The duo runs their ever-changing design laboratory from a former pharmacy in High Point, North Carolina. You can see their popular curated selection of vintage and antique finds online on One Kings Lane and 1st Dibs, and you can shop the Madcap Cottage line of bedding, window treatments, and pillows on HSN and at HSN.com. Proving their prowess with textiles, the Madcaps recently launched a fabric collection for Robert Allen @ Home.
John and Jason are currently writing a book entitled “Prints Charming,” the pages filled with tips on how to bring color and pattern into your home. This makes John’s choice of Zero’s ebullient Fisherman pendant, designed by Mattias Ståhlbom, so on point, doesn’t it?
Jason Oliver Nixon
Though Jason Oliver Nixon is one half of the dynamic duo behind North Carolina- and New York-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage, he is a force to be reckoned with in his own right! As the Global Lifestyle Editor for Delta Sky magazine for a number of years, you’ve likely seen his coverage of some of the world’s most remarkable events and venues as you’ve whisked your way to whatever fabulous destinations you visit that would turn us all green with envy.
His eye for all things amazing developed when he was young, as his parents made sure he had a healthy dose of wanderlust from an early age. Add his chops as a tastemaking editor and his interior design prowess, and you have a tastemaker in the truest sense of the word, as he creates design trends with his Madcap partner John Loecke. “Imagine a British country house that pairs Granny’s antiques and a spirited dash of Chinoiserie chic with a taste of Morocco-meets-India élan,” Jason quips. “Shake, stir, then pour!”
Though his sense of humor always rises to the fore in the most charming way, he’s not kidding. Susan Crewe, the former Editor in Chief of British House & Garden magazine, says of the talented team, “Madcap Cottage’s designs are fastidiously executed and are a joyful antidote to the beige-and-mirror, bought-the-shop school of design.” We’ve experienced John and Jason’s exuberant talent for creating colorful, pattern-packed spaces first-hand; and have enjoyed the wonderful fêtes for which they are famous, each enlivened by their pound-rescue posse of pups Jasper, Weenie and Amy Petunia. Given Zero’s Fisherman pendant, designed by Mattias Ståhlbom, is chameleon-like in its ability to change colors, we aren’t surprised he tapped it for his adventurous review.
Now we call this cache of tastemakers a gift worth celebrating as we scamper into the holidays and begin the precarious slide toward the end of 2016!
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