Spotlight on Trailblazing Female Designers: Part 2
Continuing with our month long celebration of Women’s History Month in partnership with the Female Design Council (FDC), an organization we have continually supported, we’re highlighting four women who might be flying under your radar and why you should get to know them. Be sure to check out Part I if you missed it!
New York City-based leather artisan Mia Wright-Ross is the creative director and founder of MWR Collection, a luxury full-service atelier that specializes in leather-crafting. From footwear to accessories and home decor to furniture, all MWR Collection works are made-to-order and one of a kind. Each product highlights the beauty of natural leather, detailed craftsmanship of master artisans, and Mia’s modern and unique take on everyday objects. Today, Mia is a Professor of Shoe Construction and Design at Parsons The New School of Design since 2019 and a Footwear & Accessories Design Consultant for numerous brands. Through her IFUND WomenCrowdfunding Campaign, you can directly help support Mia expand her collection of leather works.
2. Lani Adeoye of Studio Lani
Chairs, tables, and lights – designer Lani Adeoye does it all. After graduating from McGill University, Lani worked as a Management and IT Consultant to Fortune Global 100 clients but her creative curiosity pushed her to continue her education at Parsons The New School of Design. Since then, she’s been selected by Elle Décor as part of ‘Women of the World: 75 Global Female Designers Worth Celebrating’ and won the 2017 WantedDesign Launch Pad Furniture Competition. Lani owes her versatility as a designer to her eclectic roots and diverse life experiences after living in four major cities: Lagos, Montreal, Toronto, and New York. Her designs are a balance of tradition and modernity that also highlights intangible cultural concepts.
Designer Nikki Alagha founded her eponymous product design company in 2018 and has debuted nationally and internationally at trade shows like Wanted Design Manhattan, Interior Design Show Toronto, and Fluorisalone Digital Show. The Montréal, Canada-based designer focuses on furniture, lighting, and jewelry design while balancing custom projects, collaborations, and commissioned work. Because of her Persian background and artist upbringing, Nikki embraces colors, curves, and textures. Her pieces, all inspired by lived experiences, explore emotion, intent, and movement.
4. Urvi Sharma of INDO-
Co-founder Urvi Sharma founded INDO- with her partner Manan Narang while both were studying at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. INDO- is a contemporary furniture and lighting design studio that experiments with traditional craftsmanship to create modern objects, from tables to mirrors to credenzas. Her experiences living in New Delhi, India has helped Urvi craft her personal narrative and unique eye for modern design. INDO- has appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ Next Great Designer competition show and has received multiple awards, including the NYCxDESIGN Emerging Product Designer Award, the Dwell 24: The Best Emerging Designers of 2019, and the 2019 Providence Design Catalyst Grant.
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