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For many decades, Linda O'Keeffe (@linda.n.okeeffe) has documented and commented on the world of interior design and architecture as the former creative director of Metropolitan Home magazine and currently as the author of several books. In May, Timber Press will publish Inside Outside, her exploration of the symbiosis between interior design and landscaping.
She is also currently writing about renowed designer Kate Hume’s interiors for a monograph Rizzoli will publish next year. Asked about design in our region, Linda responds, “As a former Manhattanite who now lives in High Falls, I’ve watched our upstate design, art and artisan community grow strong. It's wonderful to see local talent celebrated and recognized for its unique, richly layered, confident voice."
Jon Sherman has created one of the most nontraditional and witty wallpaper companies, Flavor Paper (@flavorpaper). His wallpapers are works of art designed to take center stage in any space. Two of his most iconic are a collaboration with the Beastie Boys' Mike D on a Brooklyn-themed toile and a collection for the Andy Warhol Foundation.
Jon splits his time between Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley. Asked about what inspires him about the design scene in the Hudson Valley, he says, "I find my time in the Catskills to inform many of my creative decisions. Taking time to reflect and allowing my mind to wander is crucial to allowing ideas to percolate. It's very difficult to find that headspace in the chaos of NYC. The artist and farming communities make it such a rewarding place to spend time."
Named “America’s Best Interior Designer” by CNN and Time Magazine, Sheila Bridges (@harlemtoilegirl) founded her interior design firm in 1994. She has designed spaces for many prominent individuals including the Harlem offices for former President Bill Clinton.
Sheila’s passion for interiors also inspired her to design furniture and home furnishings. Her collections have been sold at notable retailers including Anthropologie and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Her Harlem Toile De Jouy wallpaper is in the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s permanent wallpaper collection.
Sheila has owned a home in the Hudson Valley since 1997. She says, "I was attracted to the area because of the beauty and lifestyle (the Hudson River, landscape and architecture ) and all of the great antique dealers in Hudson."
Brad Ford (brad_ford_id) is a high-end interior designer who has been featured as one of “10 New Designers to Watch” in New York Spaces and New York Magazine. @brad_ford_id was also named one of America's Top Young Designers by House Beautiful and Traditional Home. He established his firm Brad Ford ID in 1998 with an emphasis on residential spaces. His work has appeared in magazines and publications including Hamptons Cottages & Garden, Elle Décor, Lonny, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Brad is also the founder of @fieldandsupply, the yearly maker's craft fair he started in 2014 that takes place in the Hudson Valley. He is a member of the Design Leadership Network, an organization to strengthen business practices in the design industry and serves on the board of the Collective, a design fair in NYC.
Originally from California, Riley Johndonnell (_life_of_riley_) is a conceptual artist with a media/design background. Riley co-founded Surface magazine (an award-winning publication) and, as a creative director, he worked with such brands as Louis Vuitton, Levi Strauss & Co, Disney, BMW, Bombay Sapphire and Birkenstock on interiors, products, marketing initiatives and ad campaigns.
Riley is a Kingston resident who recently founded UMEWE.org [you-me-we] to support and produce public art initiatives. He is the creator of International Optimism Yellow (#INTOyellow), which he developed with Pantone to generate optimism and shine a light on mental health awareness.
He has also been an HGTV and Ovation guest expert on design and architecture and is part of the Community Design Workgroup for the Kingston Land Trust.