Next Week Offline: Judy Ross, Tina Roth Eisenberg & Sandy Chilewich

New York Design Meetup

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This month our design meetup is going to turn into a panel on the topic: Balancing Family & Business: How 3 Designers Make it Work!

We'll hear from three noted women designers and we're going to explore the subject of how you can succeed in business while raising a family in New York City and hear what tips they have for those in the audience who are doing or contemplating doing it themselves:

Judy Ross

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After receiving a BFA in painting and studying printmaking and textile design, Judy Ross made a trip to India in 1989. In Kashmir she discovered the ancient art of chainstitch embroidery and was inspired to transfer her drawing ideas to fabric and yarn. The stitch gives the design another edge, as well as an organic, living quality. Her contemporary interpretation of this ancient technique in a collection of cashmere wool scarves was immediately successful, and the scarves and shawls are now sold exclusively by textile dealer Titi Halle at the Cora Ginsburg Gallery in New York. In 1995 Judy Ross entered the home design market with a collection of pillows , wall hangings and rugs using the chainstitch technique. Her instantly recognizable designs for the home have a clear, clean look and sophisticated color sense. The collection continues to expand with bedcovers, curtains and complete custom design available. Ross also creates hand knotted and tufted rugs with the same artistry. She has worked with distinguished designers such as Muriel Brandolini, Robert Couturier, Shamir Shah, Amy Lau, Eve Robinson and Alan Wanzenberg. Judy Ross’s home collection is sold in the finest stores around the world, including Lane Crawford, Barney’s, Calypso, Forty Five Ten, Safari Living and ABC Carpet & Home.

Tina Roth Eisenberg

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Tina Roth Eisenberg is a swiss designer gone NYC and often referred to as swissmiss, her popular design blog. Besides running swissmiss the blog and design studio she teaches at Parsons The New School for Design, organizes a monthly lecture/breakfast series called CreativeMornings, runs collaborative workspace StudioMates in DUMBO and is the force behind the simple, browser-based to-do app called TeuxDeux.

Sandy Chilewich

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The innovative New York-based designer, Sandy Chilewich, founder and creative director of Chilewich l Sultan LLC, is spinning a remarkable career by challenging conventions and defying expectations. For the last three decades and with two distinct businesses, Chilewich has reinterpreted underutilized and overlooked manufacturing practices and has gone on to produce designs marked by ingenuity, industrial elegance, and variety. Her latest venture, developed in the design studio she launched 11 years ago, is a uniquely successful line of elegant fabrics; her woven vinyls have become the company’s signature textile. Available in an array of weaves and colors, Chilewich is used at the table in homes and better restaurants around the world and for personal accessories, flooring, and wall coverings. In addition to her woven and spun vinyls, she is tufting and recently begun molding vinyl, a process she has named pressed vinyl. Prior to launching her namesake design studio in 1997, Chilewich was a primary force at HUE, the hosiery company she co-founded in 1978. Credited with revolutionizing the leg-wear market, HUE epitomized a new-look brand known for great design, smart packaging, and clever merchandising. Sold in 1991, the brand continues to thrive.

Also, we're hoping to kick off the evening with three short design presentations. If you're a design student/designer and would like to show one great design at our Meetup, please email Herma at herma@apartmenttherapy.com.

Due to capacity restrictions at Knoll, we have a 300 RSVP limit this month, so be sure to get your name in early!

*NEW RSVP PROCEDURE: We are continually trying to streamline the process of entering the building! This month something NEW to speed up the check-in at Knoll — please use the 16th Street entrance (9th Avenue entrance closer to 16th Street)! Please make sure you complete both parts of the process:

1. RSVP on Meetup.com

2. email knollnyrsvp@knoll.com with "Apartment Therapy January Meetup" in the subject line.

Please make sure to include the first and last names of you and any guests by January 11th at 12pm.

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