Courtney Porter

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‘Manual Labor of Love’ what one furniture brand founder wishes she knew before opening her High Point showroom

Odette Furniture has quickly made a name for itself at High Point Market as a…

Designer Spotlight: Tova Kook of TK Design

Tova Kook’s insights inspire young creatives who haven’t quite found their “thing” yet but feel the urge to keep on going: Follow that instinct.

Palatial taste with Alex Woogmaster

Alex Woogmaster is a visionary designer and a man with undeniable taste. He grew up obsessing over castles and Baroque palaces. His taste was always grand. Those classical influences are woven throughout his work, from his days working for Wynn Design & Development, designing Las Vegas hotels, through the formation of his own firm, Woogmaster Studios, where their work runs the gamut from megavillas to yachts and where the lines between home and hospitality are increasingly blurred.

Best of PDC Spring Market

Last week the Pacific Design Center hosted their annual Spring Market in West Hollywood, where the West Coast’s premier luxury interior designers and vendors gather for state-of-the-industry panel discussions and fireside chats, and where showrooms were awash with feminine curves, moody palettes, edgy accents, and lots and lots of texture.

Designing a loft for a chocolatier

Brooklyn-based design firm Almost Studio recently completed their latest project, a Loft for a Chocolatier. The historic chocolate factory was originally built in 1947 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, along Myrtle Avenue.

The future of retail design: How to create extraordinary places that bring people together

Architect Kevin Ervin Kelley discuss the future of retail design, gender preferences in design, why we get exhausted in furniture stores, and his new book, Irreplaceable: How to Create Extraordinary Places that Bring People Together

Plan Architecture & Interiors challenged the status quo and took over the tristate area

A quick Zillow search of homes for sale in Bergen county, New Jersey will turn up many traditional single-family homes for sale. Plan Architecture has, in a short amount of time, managed to corner the luxury residential design market in the tristate area, working closely with real estate agents. Yet their signature style is anything but traditional. Today on Disruptive Design, DNN Editor in Chief Courtney Porter sits down with Plan Architecture’s principal architect and interior designer, Dan D’Agostino, to discuss the ways their daring style is taking over, challenging the status quo, one new build at a time.

What the Qoldfusion Cold Pantry tells us about the future of the luxury kitchen

The future of home design is going to be highly personalized, experiential, and hospitality and commercially influenced. While the Qoldfusion walk-in cold pantry works wonderfully in contemporary commercial exhibition kitchens they have their sights set on the residential market. “Today’s consumers are aspiring to be chefs… they want culinary spaces that mimic the commercial [kitchen], but with style and flair” says Qoldfusion founder Dale Seiden. 

Defining your design firm’s core values with architect Christopher Kempel

Christopher Kempel started working in architecture in the early 90s which places him in a strange place between the older generation who predominantly hand-render and the younger generation who predominantly digitally-render. He sees the value of both. That is a common thread when you talk to Kempel: his ability to bring different groups together and unite them for a shared mission.

The future of ecommerce is peer-to-peer

After two decades of revolutionizing online home furnishings with Hayneedle, sibling- co-founders Julie Mahloch and her brother Doug Nielsen, identified the industry-wide struggles associated with product returns. In response, they founded Rush ReCommerce to provide a specialized end-to-end returns solution.