Nada Debs, of Lebanese origin, was raised in Japan. She studied interior architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States, starting her first company in the UK, designing and producing custom furniture.
After a 40 year hiatus, Nada Debs’ Levantine spirit brought her home to Beirut, where she discovered that designs for modern Middle Eastern furniture were non-existent. She then established her company East & East, where the brand fuses Eastern tradition and minimalism. Her multicultural approach attracted the attention of the design world. Today Nada operates from Beirut and is represented globally, delivering to the world.
The NADA DEBS mission is to celebrate Eastern craftsmanship through contemporary design. It is about reintroducing and reinterpreting local design by mixing Middle Eastern craft with Far Eastern sensibility, resulting in a fusion of East and East. New material versus traditional techniques result in innovative local craftsmanship with a strong design element. The quest for reviving and evolving our artistic heritage reflects the spirit of the ‘local in the global’ and the ‘global in the local’ otherwise dubbed as glocal. We like to bring awareness not only to the handmade, but also to the heartmade. It is the hand that makes what the heart creates. By emphasizing the spiritual importance of creating with one’s hands, the hand becomes a storyteller that guides us to preserve our narrative. With this in mind, we continue to push the boundaries of innovative craft.
Visit the Website: https://www.nadadebs.com
For 18 years, New Orleans native, Katie Koch, has been designing and engineering beautiful, hand-sewn window treatments for a discerning clientele. From the simple and tailored to the lush and opulent, her imaginative drapery creations transcend trends and interpret her client’s individual aesthetics with a keen eye for detail.
Having sewn since childhood and worked in the retail end of fashion for several decades, Koch launched her eponymous business, Katie Koch Drapery, in 1997. She initially worked out of her home and later opened a workroom specializing in drapery, slipcovers, pillows, bedcoverings and upholstery. In 2008, she and her husband, Marc Levy, opened Oops, a consignment store dealing in designer furniture and home décor.
Over the past five years, Koch has expanded Katie Koch to include a design showroom with an extensive fabric library and a personally-curated inventory of vintage furniture with an emphasis on Mid-Century Modern pieces, many of which have a designer provenance. Both her shop, located near the Magazine Street shopping district, and her website, are destinations for the design trade and the consumer with an interest in sophisticated and fresh interior design directions.
In 2013, Katie Koch added a new line of classic, Billy Baldwin-inspired upholstered furniture and an urbane collection of snakeskin home-accessories imported from Europe and exclusively available to the New Orleans area at Katie Koch.
Learn more about Koch’s design services and view her expertly chosen compendium of vintage furnishings and complementary goods
Visit the Website: katiekochhome.com