It’s time to catch up with some of the most talented female artists and products designers, and be inspired by their cutting-edge creations! From textile artists to furniture markers and craftswoman, the list of 16 female modern artists and product designers unravels some of the biggest names and rising stars in the design world.
The French ceramist, Alice Gavalet, created wild and whimsical pieces in her petite workshop just outside of Paris. She takes inspiration in Ettore Sottsass’s playful objects, Jean Dubuffet’s graphic compositions, and her nine-year-old daughter’s spontaneous drawings. Despite the fact that her works are often large and heavy,s he considers them “sculptures that can be used!”
Anna Karlin created her own line of furniture in 2012, and ever since, her art-direction business has landed clients like Adidas, Lululemon, and Fendi. The product designer started by creating sleek glassware, a hoop-shaped light, and some chess-piece stools, and her works ( sculptural furniture, lighting, and accessories) evolve new classics!
Arati Rao worked many years in the fashion industry, leaving this area in 2009, when she moved to India, her family’s homeland, to explore its rich craft culture. She found her own brand in 2012, Tantuvi, which meand “Weaver”, and it has quickly segued from textiles to rugs and other home products.
Bec Brittain’s carrers started as the lighting designer Lindsey Adelman’s first paid employee, and the product dsigner went solo in 2011, estabilshing her own branch. Her flexible SHY light system—an infinitely reconfigurable constellation of LED tubes and metal rods, has been a huge sucess, allowing her to win the attention of clients ranging from Mike D of the Beastie.
Lily Stockman cofounded a jit textiles line with sister Hopie and works with five family-run studios in India to realize their hand-block-printed patterns. Block Shop has expanded into a home collection that includes pillows, bedding, rugs, and fabric by the yard.
Carmen D’Apollonio creates ceramic lamps and vessels, many of them people-size. Her ceramics practice began eight years ago when she signed up for an introductory course in traditional Japanese raku pottery in her native Switzerland. In 2014, the artist moved to L.A. the French fashion brand Céline asked for three ceramic displays for an advertising campaign, and the work evolved naturally from there.
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The London-born talent, Ghanaian by descent, has long been inspired by adinkra, the vast lexicon of symbols that has been incorporated into local pottery, architecture, and textiles for centuries. She celebrated those motifs in Duality, her first collection of fabrics for Bernhardt Textiles.
The three friends Crystal Ellis, Stephanie Beamer, and Hillary Petrie launched, in 2011, a design firm, entitled Egg Collective. Ten years later, they have left their peers in the dust, building a reputation for exquisitely crafted furniture while shaking up the male-dominated field.
Eny Lee Parker
Eny Lee Parker first clicked with ceramics during a 2016 residency through the Savannah College of Art and Design. The thrown-terra-cotta tables, planters, and vessels she produce at the time debuted at Sight Unseen Offsite launched her career before she had even graduated. In the years since, Parker has evolved, achieving commercial success with sculptural lamps.
the New York City-based, Bangladesh-born designer, Esha Ahmed’s textile brand is called Makrosha, which is the Bangla word for spider. She worked three years as a textiles specialist for the firm Peter Marino Architect and recently launched her own collection of super-luxurious fabrics, produced in Senegal, Laos, Nepal, India, England, and France.
Growing up between New York City and Lipari, the artist and product designer Gabriella Picone, launched her studio last year. What started with paintings, one-of-a-kind ceramics, and whimsical, limited-edition pareos, grew up to include Italian-made home staples. All draw inspiration from the Sicilian lifestyle.
Katie Stout has taken the art and design worlds by creating furnishings that seem to laugh in the face of convention, all the while letting you in on the joke. This off-kilter sense of beauty has quickly won over daring aesthetes such as fashion iconoclast Jeremy Scott and the amazing interior designer Kelly Wearstler.
Leah Singh experienced India’s vibrant textiles with fresh eyes. Age-old techniques, she learned, were languishing as artisans pushed their children toward office jobs. But at local Indian markets, she connected with producers from across the country, who could stitch, weave, and print her patterns on pillows, carpets, throws, and more.
Part of the Silver Art Projects residency program in New York, Maryam Turkey, who came to the U.S. from Iraq as a refugee in 2009, has created artworks that are a connection between the countries she calls home. The product designer creates mirrors, lamps, and tables, coated in a tactile brew of paper pulp, plaster, and resin inspired by the earth structures she grew up around in Baghdad.
Megumi Shauna Arai
Megumi Shauna Arai’s textiles works are raw, imperfect, gestural, and emotional. Her intuitive, pieceworked technique turned heads last fall at the 1955 Eliot Noyes House in New Canaan, Connecticut, where one of her tapestries was spread across the bed as part of an exhibition by Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM, and Object & Thing.
Mimi Jung spends hours in her Los Angeles studio, to create several looms. In one weaving, gauzy mohair seems to creep across the weft, like a live edge. In another, highlighter-yellow rope threads through thick poly-cord.