I’m excited to show in the Look Book section at WantedDesign in Manhattan this year. Look Book is a “dedicated program for high-end North American designers and entrepreneurs who want to connect with interior designers and architects at WantedDesign Manhattan. Serving as an in-person portfolio, Look Book allows members of the A&D community to connect with designers in their own exhibit spaces and shop the latest products before, during and after WantedDesign.” I will present new designs made in collaboration with three different manufacturers that utilize natural cork and recycled or upcycled cotton textiles from the garment industry. Products are…
Happy (belated) International Women’s Day! March 8th marked the two year anniversary of Kelly Harris Smith, my independent design practice. That same week, Volvo Cars featured me in a piece about sustainable materials. “Designer and entrepreneur Kelly Harris Smith pioneered the use of wool felt in the USA. Now she’s turning her attention to inspiring a new generation of sustainable creators.” Check out the full feature here.
My collection for Skyline launched last week! Skyline Design is a Chicago-based architectural glass manufacturer. Aerial and Half Moon feature large scale patterning with a system of micro-patterns within each shape, as one might see from an airplane when flying over farms, fields and other natural landscapes. Gradation of color over a larger repeat provides visual movement and occurs in unison with the pattern’s shifting simple geometries. The vector patterns can be scaled up or down in a variety of treatments, including etched, back-painted and digitally printed.
Not sure how I missed this, but the Smart Throws were featured as “design goodies” in Metropolis Magazine’s 2018 Holiday Gift Guide in November. Check it out here. “Metropolis is all about sustainability and design—two ideas that unite in this chic throw by designer Kelly Harris Smith. Its cozy, durable fabric is made from upcycled cotton yarn and polyester recovered from plastic bottles.”
New England Home Magazine recently featured my Button Ottomans in the Trending section of their November / December issue.
New York Cottages & Gardens magazine featured the Smart Throws in their Shop Talk section. Check out the spread below.
The Smart Throws were featured in the fall issue of Array Magazine, the publication for the New York Design Center. View the spread here.
Awesome to see my hanging panel designs for FilzFelt to be featured as a “standout” in this Interior Design Magazine round-up of architectural products!
Nice to see the Smart Throws in the Holiday Gift Guide of Traditional Home! View the gift guide here.
I’m honored to be included in the October issue of Azure Magazine, offering thoughts on Design Trends for 2019. “A handcrafted / handmade approach will mix with new technologies. Expect block printing with new frontier 3D printing and all the combinations of capabilities imaginable.”
I opened up to Boston Home in the Innovators section of their Fall issue. We discussed my past design experience as well as my motivation for starting Minni. Read the full feature here.
It was so nice to be featured in the September issue of Boston Magazine. Headlining the Home & Property section, the article mentions my love of making doll clothes and scrunchies as a child (it was the 80s after all!) and highlights my button ottomans and passion for starting Minni. “Although Smith has found success in her grownup creations, her real passion is in building a supportive space to encourage curious young minds. Enter Minni, a sunny new studio in SoWa that leads art and design workshops and classes for children ages 18 months to 10 years.”
Happy blue Monday! I’m thrilled that my blanket designs were recently picked up by the Cooper Hewitt. I prototyped them this spring with In2Green for WantedDesign and they’re already in stock at Cooper Hewitt. The throws are made in the U.S. from recycled and upcycled materials. View the throws here. Photos: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum
I’m so excited to be featured in current issue of Design New England. The button ottomans are front and center but the article really focuses on my serendipitous career path and what led me to open Minni this year. View the full feature here.
Well, it’s officially SUMMER and I am a bit behind on sharing that my Picket Block wall tile design was featured in Interior Design’s Spring Market Tabloid. The acoustic wall tile collection for FilzFelt plays with shifting scales of patterns found in fashion.
Just coming up for air after showing products at WantedDesign during NY Design Week in May. I am thrilled to share that I received the Emerging Product Designer award from Interior Design Magazine and NYC x Design. Hurrah! View the full list of winners here and a few photos from the award ceremony below.
Outside the Box is also traveling to WantedDesign in Manhattan. I curated the Boston box which showed in at the Toronto Design Offsite Festival this past January. ‘Outside the Box’ builds a map of design in North America. Shipped across the country in Bankers boxes, this annual traveling exhibition presents a dozen distinct national and international showcases each year. Working with local correspondents, each box houses a collection of thoughtfully designed objects, reflecting the particular resources and makers of that area. This seventh edition of ‘Outside the Box’ features responses on the theme “matter.” This theme encompasses material transformation and…
I am so excited to be exhibiting in the Launch Pad section at WantedDesign in Manhattan this year! I’ll be showing prototypes of several products, including button ottomans, an etched mirror and several graphic blankets, all made locally in the United States!
Thanks Contract Magazine for featuring my Plus Block acoustic wall tiles for FilzFelt in the April issue! Link to the spread here.
Feeling the love from Interior Design Magazine this month! Click here to read the interview ‘5 Questions With. . . Kelly Harris Smith’ in which I talk about my longterm relationship with wool felt, my goals in utilizing and creating new sustainable materials, and my reliance on outside experts and task managers to keep my design business on track.