Meet the Makers from the 2018 Dwell on Design Show Women designers and retailers who create the spaces and products we love By Barbara Schmidt studiobstyle.com

The best part of any tradeshow is the ability to meet industry peers. This year I was so fortunate to meet several designers and a retailer that connected all the creative dots for me. The experience was wonderful and here are the short stories from behind the scenes.  

Meredith Heron/Interior Designer 

Meeting Meredith was a dream from years ago. She has one of the best social feeds featuring interior design that I’ve been a fan of for nearly five years.  In short, she is hilarious and so true to our design community. Her interiors are unabashedly colorful and so sophisticated that I’ve wanted to ask, “how’d you do that?”  

  Meredith Heron Interior Designer from Toronto Canada

 Meredith Heron Interior Designer from Toronto Canada

Meredith was part of a panel that presented “Modern Design Trends” on behalf of Pella Windows and Doors at the show during the first day. Meredith’s use of color is so modern. I was inspired by her approach to pattern and refined details as well.  Meeting her and having a chance to chat with her about trends was indeed a highlight. Meredith Heron custom designed dining room featured in her Pella panel discussion.  

 Meredith Heron custom designed dining room featured in her Pella panel discussion.  Modern Interior Design Trend: Color

Meredith Heron custom designed dining room featured in her Pella panel discussion.  Modern Interior Design Trend: Color

Dora Medrano/Retailer/Atacama Home

Full disclosure here, I’ve been to the Atacama Desert and it was as one of the most special places on the planet for me. So when I saw the display booth for Atacama Home I had to check it out.  

 Dora Medrano owner of retailer Atacama Home a curated collection of home décor from Latin America.

Dora Medrano owner of retailer Atacama Home a curated collection of home décor from Latin America.

There were beautiful textiles, rugs and furnishings in this booth. I couldn’t keep my hands off them so I started chatting with Dora and we shared our love for all things Chilean. It turns out that we share a media production background as well.

  The Atacama Home booth at Dwell on Design Show.  Interior Design Trend: Pattern

 The Atacama Home booth at Dwell on Design Show.  Interior Design Trend: Pattern

Dora and her husband are breaking down barriers to what Latin American design and décor mean to the U.S. market. They are sourcing some of the most gorgeous patterned textiles that can be made into anything.

There’s also an outdoor/indoor chair that are super comfortable. They have a shoppable website and plan to bring more goods to our market.  

Gabriela Ravassa/Industrial Designer/DXV

What is it like to see an industrial designer’s face as someone experiences the product they helped to design for the first time? Pure joy.  

 Gabriela Ravassa is an Industrial Designer for DXV a manufacturer of luxury bath and kitchen products that is part of LIXIL Corporation

Gabriela Ravassa is an Industrial Designer for DXV a manufacturer of luxury bath and kitchen products that is part of LIXIL Corporation

Gabriela is part of the design team for DXV, a portfolio of luxury bath and kitchen products, part of LIXIL Corporation. We happened to be chatting in the aisle when an interior designer jumped into the DXV Modulus tub to try it out right in front of us. He loved it.

A lot of hard work goes into seemingly simple design and the entire DXV Modulus collection is no different. The tubs sides and subtle curves fit just right for soaking and that was no accident.  The entire collection is a versatile combination of modern design and functional geometry perfectly proportioned for a modern or transitional style bath design.  

 The DXV Modulus collection.  Interior Design Trend: Modernity

The DXV Modulus collection.  Interior Design Trend: Modernity

Barbara Schmidt