Ready for your daily dose of vitamin D (that’s “D” for design!)? Always fresh + never sour, Design Milk fills your thirsty cup (and shopping cart!) to the brim with design finds from around the world. Drink up!
You’ll always hear it from Design Milk first. Since 2006, we’ve been feeding your design obsession with what’s cool and what’s next in architecture, interior design, automotive, fashion, technology + art.
Fixated on making modern living effortless and accessible, we’re lovers of the creative process, advocates for sustainable and ethical production, cheerleaders of inclusion, and straight-up cool stuff obsessors. Our passion is discovering and highlighting emerging talent, and we’re energized by and for our community of like-minded design lovers — like you!
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We donate 1% of our ecommerce sales from all three of our websites—Design Milk, Ahalife and Kaufmann Mercantile—to charities or entities that promote social justice and reform or provide relief. Read more about our donation initiative here.
We’re also committed to using our platform to inspire new ideas, challenge the status quo and to inspire action to build inclusive communities.
We are an anti-racist company, we have committed to the 15% Pledge, and we are actively working on ensuring that we are highlighting projects, products and brands led by underrepresented groups and finding better ways to make the people behind them more visible.
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Always fresh + never sour, Design Milk fills your thirsty cup to the brim with design finds from around the world. Drink up!
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The Design Milk Team
|Caroline Williamson, Editorial Director
When 7-year-old Caroline made it her mission to redecorate her room weekly, build endless LEGO villages, and repeatedly paint and reconstruct Barbie’s dream house, she was either obsessive or a young design enthusiast in the making. After getting her BFA in photography from SCAD, she moved to Los Angeles and worked for a glass artist + designer, which gave her insight into all aspects of the design world. When she’s not working or on an airplane, she’s usually searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles, or reworking playlists on Spotify.
|Kelly Beall, Senior Editor + Art Director
Kelly Beall is senior editor and art director at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others at designcrushblog.com. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her five pets.
|Vy Yang, Lifestyle Editor
After spending a summer in Italy to study art and language, Vy came back to California with a rejuvenated love for design (and a newfound love for espressos). Nowadays she enjoys contributing to Design Milk, playing fetch with her goldendoodle Conan and occasionally writing on her blog It’s After Five, her creative outlet to let loose on when she has left her regular 9-to-5 for the day.
|Katie Treggiden, Editor at Large
As a purpose-driven craft and design writer with almost 20 years’ experience in the creative industries, she also contributes to publications such as Viewpoint, The Guardian, Crafts Magazine, Elle Decoration and Monocle24. She has written four books, and launched, edited and published an award-winning design blog and an independent print magazine – her latest book is Weaving: Contemporary Makers on the Loom. She has recently completed a Masters in the History of Design at the University of Oxford, graduating with a distinction, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Trustee of the Leach Pottery.
|Gregory Han, Tech Editor
A Los Angeles native, Gregory’s interests fall upon the relationship between design, nature, and technology. His resume includes art director, toy designer, managing editor at Apartment Therapy, and design contributor at the New York Times’ Wirecutter, alongside appearing in other publications as diverse as Tom’s Guide, Vice Munchies, and Metropolis. You can find his most recent efforts as co-author of Creative Spaces, a book dedicated to people, homes and studios to inspire across the United States and beyond. He lives with his wife Emily and their two cats – Eames and Eero – in Mt. Washington, California, curiously investigating the entomological and mycological.
|David Behringer, Contributor
David Behringer visits over 200 galleries every month to uncover and share the most exciting contemporary art in New York today. Subscribe to his exclusive weekly newsletter at www.thetwopercent.com and learn about his private gallery tours. And be sure to check out his YouTube. He writes the column, Unframed.
|Leo Lei, Contributor
Leo Lei translates his passion for minimalism into his daily-updated blog Leibal. In addition, you can find uniquely designed minimalist objects and furniture at the Leibal Store. You can follow Leibal on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Tumblr. Leo writes our column, Skim Milk.
|Pinch Food Design – Bob & TJ, Contributors
Led by the groundbreaking chef/designer duo of Bob Spiegel and TJ Girard, the Pinch Food Design team is driven by an uncompromising commitment to incite surprise, anticipation and delight with every bite while wowing with imaginative presentation combinations that redefine the art of celebration. They say “We have nothing against conventional catering. It’s just not what we do.” As top-tier NYC culinary veterans with extensive experience in event catering, they deliver a taste of something new and unpredictable, an experience that leverages the best food with never-before-seen presentation.
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|Dixie Duncan, Director of Strategic Partnerships
A Jack and Jill magazine feature about her Montana childhood growing up with a bear was Dixie’s intro to media. Currently based in Seattle, her experience includes USA TODAY, GRAY Media and the launch of an award-winning wedding magazine. She’s a non-stop networker, multi-tasker and closet voice-over artist who cherishes every moment spent with family and friends.
|Colin Villone, Account Manager
A native New Yorker who once called Wyoming home, Colin has found his happy place in Atlanta where he and his family have lived for the past ten years. Colin’s a career-long publishing pro who enjoys helping his design brand customers beat their competition through creative marketing. He’s worked at several leading industry magazines such as Hospitality Design, Healthcare Design and Metropolis. When not working with clients or traveling to trade shows, Colin enjoys CrossFit, watching his kids play soccer or bragging about Villanova basketball.
|Lisa Herrmann, Account Manager
Lisa is an Ohio native and found herself staying in Columbus after attending Ohio State University (O-H!). She’s been in the fashion and design industry for eight years and counting and is passionate about helping businesses of all sizes find creative solutions for their advertising needs. She enjoys testing out her cooking skills by discovering new recipes on Pinterest, not taking life too seriously, and curling up with her Rhodesian Ridgeback.
|Kyle Montes-Valdivia, Account Manager
Kyle is a native Texan who studied advertising at the University of North Texas. He loves art and design and anything to do with space. His resume includes agency, corporate marketing and large format out-of-home media sales in Dallas, Seattle and Oklahoma. Kyle is a Military Spouse and now resides in Europe with his husband Matt, who works for NATO. Together they love exploring the EU via road and train trips (when allowed) with their rescue Jack Russell Terrier, Newton.
|Robert Mancini, Chief Executive Officer
Born and raised in England, Robert has been lucky enough to bounce around the world for the last 25+ years while working in retail for Ralph Lauren, Alfred Dunhill, and Victoria’s Secret. Passionate about family, travel, design, and cars, when he’s not working you’ll find him hanging out with his family or fooling around with a classic car.
|Jaime Derringer, Founder + Chief Creative Officer
A Jersey girl living in SoCal, Jaime collects milk carton sculptures and weird jewelry and lusts over one day owning a Gaetano Pesce Up5 Chair. She has been noted as an expert on design trends, speaks on design, blogging & social media, and does some consulting on the side. In her free time, she likes to make art.
|Lucy Spencer, Marketing Director
Originally from the UK, Lucy graduated from University of the Arts in London and went on to build her career in marketing. With over 20 years experience in international retail marketing and brand management for companies such as Disney and Victoria’s Secret, Lucy now resides in Columbus, Ohio. When not working, she loves traveling and exercising her creative side through drawing and painting.
|Stephanie Jones, Finance Director
A native of Ohio, Stephanie graduated from The Ohio State University and loves living in Columbus. A CPA and Mom, she loves simplicity, structure, and balance (especially when debits = credits). You can find her chasing her husband on a 3-mile run, at her daughter’s swim meets, or at her son’s tennis tournaments. She balances by retreating to her “she cave” in the basement practicing Yoga or foam rolling. When she’s not number crunching, you might also find her trying a new recipe in her kitchen with her poodle by her side to taste test.
|Kate Cain, Merchandise Director
After spending a summer in Europe during high school, Kate knew she wanted a career in merchandising. From working in stores as a teenager to graduating with a degree in merchandising and cutting her teeth at major retailers like Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Express, she could never get enough! When she’s not working, you can find Kate on the field watching her kids play their hearts out or on the tennis court trying to beat her husband—which never happens!
|Kelley Phillips, Head of Systems and Operations
Kelley wakes up everyday with the belief that there is nothing that she cannot accomplish. It doesn’t matter if it’s waking up to hit the gym at 4am, whipping up baked goods for the office, or raising two headstrong children—she gives it her all. Kelley brings that can-do mentality to work, striving to make every customer’s experience as effortless as she makes it look. It’s like she always says: “Complacency is the antithesis of growth.”
|Colleen Malloy, Director of Digital Marketing
A native Wisconsinite transplanted to Ohio, Colleen cut her teeth as a writer and editor before discovering her love of digital marketing. She has more than 15 years experience helping B2B, SAAS, eCommerce and B2C companies more effectively tell their brand stories across digital platforms and engage with shoppers. When she isn’t knee-deep in spreadsheets, you can find Colleen in the kitchen or on her bike.
|Matthew Hunter, Social Media Manager
Matthew is one part outdoor recreationer, one part digital marketer, one part mezcal, one part campari, one part sweet vermouth, and an orange peel garnish. Sorry, that’s a cocktail recipe. How’d that get in here? Anyways. Matthew’s been working in social media and digital marketing for just shy of ten years . He’s interested in sustainable retail models and ethical marketing practices. Outside of work, he passes time running on trails, riding bikes, working with clay, and making up nicknames for his dogs. Find him on a social media platform near you @mthwhntr.
|Lauren Adams, Digital Designer
Lauren is a country girl turned city savvy. Since relocating from the cornfields of northwest Ohio to the big city of Columbus, she’s been working in print and digital design for everything from start-ups, to corporate businesses, to direct selling companies. She’s interested in design thinking, a human-centered approach to design that integrates the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success. Outside of work, she’s a taco truck connoisseur, ambidextrous lefty, plant whisperer, and Disney trivia wiz. Don’t challenge her on that last bit… she can and will destroy you.
|Taya Wilkes, Merchandising Assistant
Taya’s affection for retail and merchandising can be traced back to middle school when she visited the corporate office of a popular retailer in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Taya grew more passionate about merchandising while working in retail for almost 6 years. After graduating from West Virginia University in 2017, Taya was eager to take on the merchandising assistant role with Design Milk doing what she loves.
|Anastasia Russ, Customer Service Representative
Transplanted to the Midwest from Philadelphia, Anastasia uses her love of anthropology and meeting new friends to bridge the gap between company and customer. She endeavors to solve the world’s problems one order inquiry at a time, raise capable and kind children, and answer the age old question, “What truths are absolute?”
|Lexi Colvin, Customer Service Representative
Born and raised in Sacramento, CA Lexi’s passion has always been to make sure the lasting impression she leaves with anyone is a laugh or smile. Now calling Columbus, Ohio home she is bringing 17 years of customer service experience to the Design Milk team. Customers can be sure their experience with Lexi will be just as amazing as they are and she will be with them every step of the way until their issue is resolved. A wife and mother, when she is not working you can find Lexi honing in on her passion for cooking and baking along with running her small cosmetic business alongside her two daughters.
|Gabbie Holt, Operations and Brand Manager
Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Gabbie found her way to NYC after graduating with a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has a career background in wholesale, merchandising, and operations from Alton Lane and w&p. From her work experience, she’s found a love for merchandising and developing processes, leading her to be the Operations and Brand Manager for Design Milk shop.
|Abbi Leon, Marketing Intern
Abbi is a student at Malone University in Canton, Ohio and is studying marketing and business administration. She is also currently working towards minors in Spanish and international business. In addition to being a student she works part time at a local restaurant and is a campus tutor. When she has spare time, Abbi enjoys baking and going to her cycling class.