Austin Allen James

Abandon your design bias

Austin Allen James’ thought-provoking piece explores how to escape design monotony by blurring the lines between art forms.

Design Moonshine: Diversity in Design

Change tends to happen slowly and then all at once. Our industry is working on diversity inclusion; I suggest we hasten the pace. Let’s burn the box and design from the ashes. Let’s find inspiration that we cannot see without diverse perspectives. We are doing ourselves an injustice by not substantially including people from various races and ethnic backgrounds to help us take the industry we love to the next level. 

If you do not like change, our industry bids you goodbye

Like red shoes with pressed blue jeans, one must possess verve in a market setting.  I love to feel the exhilaration of “standing in front of a wall selling art.”  I was hooked.  As Mario Andretti is famous for saying, “If everything seems under control, you are just not going fast enough.” I could not wait for the next market and new, shiny objects to sell.  Most of us are entrepreneurs.  Manufacturers and Reps alike run their own business: feast or famine.  

Storytelling with Austin Allen James: Art Inspiration, Object Design, Instinctive Field Verse, and Poetry Reading

Austin Allen James is an artist, designer, poet, entrepreneur, educator, and father of two. Austin, or AAJ as some refer to him, will be sharing the inside scoop behind both his creative and design processes.  Austin’s lifelong passion and love of color, words, phrases, and objects has led to his experimenting with paint and design to become a professional artist, poet, object designer, and trendsetter. 

High Point & Shoppe Object Fall 2023 Product Previews

This new collection of pillows was inspired from the Bavarian painter Barbara Regina Dietzsch. Reimagining colors and hues into a jewel saturated tone, we rendered these finches into a larger than life form on our silky satin fabric and created pillows that accent any space indoors and out. Covers are all removable, machine washable, and fade resistant.

New Austin Allen James x StyleCraft lifestyle collection

The exclusive East Coast launch of Austin Allen James x StyleCraft Lifestyle Collection is coming to Fall High Point Market with even more exciting products than what first debuted at the summer markets. The expanded launch of StyleCraft’s new lifestyle collection will feature more than 90 + products in categories including furniture, casegoods, lighting, accessories, pillows, artwork, mirrors & wall decor.

Decor News Now is collaborating with interior design business strategist Yudi Kaufman, YKD Associates, for an exciting discussion at Feizy’s High Point Market Showroom

As a multifaceted business strategist, entrepreneur, and creative, Yudi Kaufman, founder and president of YKD Associates, is uniquely a left-and-right-brainer. With over a decade of experience successfully navigating the home furnishings and interior design industry from the inside out, he is announcing an exciting collaboration for High Point Market, with an informative talk on How to Grow Your Design Business. Yudi commented, “In these turbulent times, where the design industry’s landscape can change overnight, the need to focus on creative strategies and business growth has never been more pressing.”The collaborative talk titled, “Design Business Blueprint: Discover How to Strategize and Grow Your Design Business” will feature an exclusive one-to-one chat between Yudi Kaufman, Founder & President of YKD Associates and Business Development & Licensing Expert, and Courtney Porter, Editor in Chief of Decor News Now.

Furniture that makes you feel good with Austin Allen James

This Summer at Las Vegas Market, artist and product designer Austin Allen James unveiled his new collection of art, case goods, lighting, and soft goods with Stylecraft. This week we caught up with Austin for a wide-ranging conversation about the intersection of art and functional product design, how you know when the work is finished, the pursuit of universal beauty, and why he is glad he didn’t know anything about the business of art and design before committing to it.

StyleCraft to launch new lifestyle collection with Austin Allen James

Southaven, MS (July 11, 2023) – StyleCraft announces the upcoming debut of a new lifestyle collection created in collaboration with artist and product designer Austin Allen James.