We’re adding an exceptional group of Tastemakers to our Global World this month. They include an author with a book debuting, a designer with a boutique opening, a curator-turned-designer with products hitting the market and an award-winning design editor. Here’s the scoop on these feisty aficionados who took a look at our lighting and chose a quartet of front-runners.
Meet Global Lighting’s
Robin Plaskoff Horton
Branding Guru and Design Editor
Robin Plaskoff Horton is a rare breed, a professional who can be just as at home as a branding guru as she is the powerhouse editor and creative director of Urban Gardens. Her ability to spot cool is nothing less than a thing of beauty, the results comingling urban style with design and nature on her blog.
“Good design, like good writing, is about good thinking,” she remarks of her ability to create excellence in messaging. “It’s also about good business.” She certainly practices what she preaches as she searches for products and trends to feature on Urban Gardens, which she sees as a powerful lifestyle story told from the ground up. “It’s about the whole circle,” she explains, “from planting a seed to cultivating a garden; to harvesting, cooking, and then serving it in style with family and friends in outdoor rooms and indoor gardens.”
To support this dynamo of a content platform, she organically built a combined following of more than 232,000, making her a major influencer in the home and garden sector. When she dug into our product offerings and unearthed the Z1 Black Bamboo SCCW pendant by Ay Illuminate (in our Ethos Collection), we couldn’t help but notice how “on message” she is!
Biographer of One World Trade Center
Author Judith Dupré is passionate about the built environment. She has navigated the rarified air of being an elite New York Times bestselling author with aplomb and her books thus far have been published in eleven languages. Judith writes about history through the lens of a single building type, which, thus far, has included skyscrapers, bridges, memorials and churches. Though her iconic Skyscrapers remains the bestselling book in the world on the subject, we at Global Trends predict her newest release will give it a run for its money given the significance of its topic. The title, One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building, pretty much says it all—the big, beautiful book, due out this month, is being published by Little, Brown and Company.
Proving she has what it takes to deliver intelligently conceived material, Judith was one of 36 writers to receive a Public Scholar grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She used the award monies to fund the new book, enjoying unprecedented access to the site and the WTC archives relating to it as she spent months doing research—an entrée that makes this volume as much historical document as pictorial eye-candy.
The author extraordinaire has chosen the Black Out Spotlight Floor Lamp by Karman in the Global Lighting Stratos Collection as her favorite among our offerings, and you won’t want to miss where the “power and simplicity” of this fixture transported her!
Interiors and Product Designer
When Global Trends’ editors first came across the vanCollier stand at High Point Market several years ago, there was a crystal clear moment of recognition—the talent exhibited here is of the truest kind. It was the intermingling of natural symbols, such as the leaves of the Gingko tree that had been treated to sophisticated fabrications and swathed in fabulous finishes, with fashionable fabrics that were silky smooth to the touch that revealed the brilliance of the man and woman behind the proverbial curtain.
Pulling the all-important levers are Beth Collier and her husband Chris, who founded vanCollier as a full-service design company in 1995. They began by melding their knowledge of antiques and design, and have now expanded into upholstery and an outdoor collection. A hallmark of their point of view is to merge modern design with classical details, the resulting furnishings manufactured by artists and artisans in North Carolina.
The vanCollier studio is located in a Georgian-style building of historical significance built in 1907. Once a hospital in Washington, North Carolina, this backdrop where they have their home and workspace is not a surprise given Chris began his career as manager of an antiques auction house and later transitioned to developing historical residential infill developments. Beth began her career as an art museum curator in 1990 and continued her passion for the arts by serving on the museum’s acquisitions committee for seven years after stepping down from her position. She has chosen Jacco Maris’s Mrs.Q wall as her favorite fixture among our offerings, her review of the light mentioning tactility and warmth, two slights-of-hand you will see in her own designs.
Jeanne K. Chung is a Pasadena-based interior designer and the founder/editor of the Cozy-Stylish-Chic design blog. Global Trends’ editors love bumping into her at design fairs because we know when we see her absorbed in a particular vignette that the brand, designer or product’s star is about to rise—that’s the respect her taste has earned her from design industry A-listers. Jeanne is known for a classic, but fresh and modern, design aesthetic, which was initially cultivated during her years as a student of fashion design at Parsons.
But the clothing trade would lose her to design’s siren song, which was drawing her ever closer as time moved along, enticing her to finally enroll in the Associates program at the New York School of Interior Design. Less than a decade later, she was tapped to serve as an official Style Spotter for the High Point Market Authority and a trend moderator for the Interior Design Community. Given her insider point of view, it’s no surprise she is frequently asked to write about her expertise on topics pertaining to interior design. She has also acted as an ambassador to brands in the home furnishings sector.
Lucky design devotees in Pasadena will soon have the opportunity to shop at Jeanne’s new retail space and trade showroom in the Old Town section of the city. Opening before spring segues to summer, the shop will be filled with stylish antiques, vintage finds, and furniture and accessories that are currently trending in the home furnishings market. She has chosen the TR5 pendant by Tom Rossau, in the Global Lighting Ethos Collection, as her favorite; read her review to find out how she believes the fixture is fabulously on trend.
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