Welcome to the Chaise Lounge. This Friday, Nick chats with Michele Atijas and Amber Friederichs of the London-based home staging company Yohan May Interiors. In 2015, Atijas and Friederichs were friends who weren’t working in jobs that fed their passion for design, so they started a business together in a niche of the market that didn’t really exist in Europe. Home staging was a tiny part of the interior design industry in Britain compared to the United States, so they worked to find and fill that need.
In the Lounge today, Nina Magon joins Nick to regale him with the story of how her designs attracted Universal Furniture to license a whole line of furniture of hers. She takes Nick through the very beginning of the process and what sparked the initial deal to the line’s launch at High Point Market next month.
Welcome back to the Chaise Lounge where Nick is trying something he’s never done before: talking to a designer who didn’t start the company he helps run. Jason Kalman is a Los Angeles-based designer who found his way to the top of Magni Kalman Designs by working his way up to the position of partner instead of starting from scratch. Magni Kalman also lends its name and aesthetic to a furniture line, Magni Home Collection.
Welcome back to the Chaise Lounge. Today, Lauren Svenstrup of Studio Sven is in the Lounge. Svenstrup tells Nick all about her circuitous route from studying woodworking in Michigan’s upper peninsula to interior design in the first place and through interior design to running her own company.
On this Friday’s episode of The Chaise Lounge, Charlotte-based designer Lauren Clement who grew up watching her mother make a living decorating. When she found herself at a crossroads after a serious car accident, grad school or follow her passion into interior design. She chose the latter, and currently runs Lauren Nicole Designs where she and her mother work on a dozen projects at a time with only the help of a bookkeeper.