34 Women Home Decor Designers You Need to Know

Whether it's furniture made from fallen trees or glass-blown lighting, these women are changing the face of chairs, tables, lamps, and everything in between.

By Kate Yarbrough

From Dorothy Draper to Elsie deWolfe to Kelly Wearstler, women have long been putting their stamp on the interior design world. But what about when it comes to furniture? While woodworking and metalworking have historically been disciplines dominated by men, a new generation of women makers are proving they are equally capable of conceptualizing and building pieces for the home with heavy, rough materials. Here, we have curated some of our favorite women designers who changing the face of chairs, tables, lighting, and everything in between.

Sazerac Stitches

Lighting, Hardware, Home Decor

Inspired by New Orleans’ history and architecture, Kirsten Gaiennie brings the color and energy of NOLA to her custom lighting, furniture, and decor creations at Sazerac Stitches. Inspired by mid-century Scandinavian style and pop culture, the store is known for its sputnik chandeliers and vibrant sconces. Follow Sazerac Stitches on Instagram: @sazerac_stitches

Arcenciel Chandelier; $640

Rosie Li Studio

Lighting

Rosie Li, founder of Rosie Li Studio, redefines your most-dreaded high school class: geometry. She incorporates the sculptural qualities of mathematics and science to craft modern, decorative light fixtures made in New York. Her work embodies organic growth and frivolity with rainbow colors and bubble shape forms. Follow Rosie Li Studio on Instagram: @rosielistudio

Bubbly Light Wallmount; $1,100-$1,700 each

Crosland + Emmons

Lighting

Co-founded by Dana Castle, a former marketing and advertising veteran, Crosland and Emmons crafts neutral-colored ceramics, pendant lights, and candlesticks that allow the eye to focus on shape and beauty. Imperfect, visually off-balance, and bespoke, each piece is intentionally void of color and handmade—no two lights will ever be the same. Follow Crosland and Emmons on Instagram: @croslandandemmons

Lily Pad Pendant; $3,000

Selena Liu Design

Furniture, Home Decor

Selena Liu brings “elicit joy and child-like energy” to her interdisciplinary furniture design, interiors, and content creation. Her eye-catching lounge chair, flower dining table, and retail store displays have caught the eyes of clients including Ralph Lauren, SNL, Todd Synder, and KITH. Her now-famous salad spoons will be released in partnership with Areaware in early 2021. Follow Selena Liu Design on Instagram: @selena.liu

Salad Spoons; made-to-order

Morgan Peck Ceramics

Lighting, Home Decor

Morgan Peck’s creativity was shaped at a young age through her love of pine-needle baskets and still life drawing. The designer draws inspiration from the Art Deco, the Bauhaus, and forms of Venetian glass to craft one-of-a-kind ceramics. From squiggle-handled vases to constellation clocks, she custom makes each work in her backyard studio. Follow Morgan Peck Ceramics on Instagram: @morgspeck

Stretch Vase; $355

Common Body

Home Decor

Common Body co-founders Kourtney Kyung Smith and Nathaniel Kyung Smith sculpt everything from candles to incense holders that explore the physical relationships of people and spaces. Made from 100 percent pure beeswax from local, family-run bee farms, the Smiths consider their candle-making an act of care for the flora and fauna in their community. Common Body plants a tree for each piece purchased. Follow Common Body on Instagram: @common_body

Wane Candle; $32

Cym Warkov Ceramics

Home Decor

Minnesota-based Cym Warkov creates timeless ceramics that fuse elements of “an archaeological find and a sensual modernity.” Warkov had dreams of opening an outdoor furniture store, but her vision was sidetracked when she found herself making decorative vessels, which she is most known for. Her ceramics are influenced by her upbringing in a Zen Buddhist community, and the flow of the human form. Follow Cym Warkov Ceramics on Instagram: @cymwarkovceramics

Empire Limited Edition Bucket Vessel; $555

The Soda Fountain

Home Decor

Sam.m, founder of The Soda Fountain, crafts her beautiful ceramics out of Melbourne (Naarm), Australia. Her made-to-order checkered pieces come in a variety of sizes and colors. Follow The Soda Fountain on Instagram: @thesodafountain

Checkered Egg Cup; Message for pricing

Simone Bodmer-Turner

Home Decor

After quitting her job in finance, Simone Bodmer-Turner traveled to Japan and Oaxaca to learn the art of ceramics. Bodmer-Turner is known for her coiling jugs and vases crafted out of her Brooklyn studio. Each sculpture and vase is inspired by ancient ceremonial and utilitarian vessels. Follow Simone Bodmer-Turner on Instagram: @simonebodmerturner

Bridge Handled Vessel; $1,195

Sam Lee

Lighting, Home Decor

Ceramicist Sam Lee’s vases, lights, and planters are inspired by self-discovery and quiet moments. Despite her love for the individual pottery-making process, Lee found the community surrounding the craft invaluable. She founded Dusted and Blue, a small private studio in the heart of San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood, which offers introductory pottery classes, workshops, and memberships. Follow Dusted and Blue on Instagram: @dustedandblue

Black light pendant; $300

Not Work Related

Home Decor

Chicago-native Sarah Hussaini turned her hobby into a full-fledged business through her geometric and colorful ceramics. The pottery virtuoso brings a playful approach to household items, incorporating colorful faces, shapes, and lines at her studio Not Work Related. Follow Sarah Hussaini on Instagram: @notworkrelated_

Face Planter; $60

Brave Matter

Lighting, Home Decor

Founders Christina Zamora and Cathy Lo draw on inspiration from their eclectic backgrounds, Lo from Taiwan and Zamoa from the high deserts of New Mexico, for their design studio Brave Matter. Their current ceramic collections, A/M Light and N/O Objects are hand-crafted using ceramic, wood, and brass out of their Oakland-based studio. Follow Brave Matter on Instagram: @bravematter

A/M Orb Light; Made-to-order

Estelle Colored Glass

Glassware

Chances are, you haven’t scrolled through your Instagram-feed without seeing these radiant, bright-colored glass pieces. Estelle Colored Glass founder Stephanie Summerson Hall named the company after her grandmother, Estelle, and her inspirational glassware collection. The sought-after, heirloom-quality hand-blown glass cake stands and stemware pieces are described as “jewels for your table.” Follow Estelle Colored Glass on Instagram: @estellecoloredglass

Estelle Colored Wine Set of 6; $175

LikeMindedObjects

Lighting, Furniture, Home Decor

LikeMindedObjects founder Elise McMahon studied industrial design with a focus on sustainability at Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons School of Design. From ripple-pleated table lamps to geometric plant shelves, McMahon’s work aims to bring a modern, lighthearted aesthetic to local materials, with an emphasis on respecting communities and environments. Her work has been acclaimed in Architectural Digest, New York Magazine, and The New York Times. Follow LikeMindedObjects on Instagram: @likemindedobjects

Ottoman; $950

Vonnegut/Kraft

Furniture, Home Decor

Created by Katrina Vonnegut and Brian Kraft, New York-based design studio Vonnegut/Kraft uses local and regional resources to maintain a balance between technological manufacturing and the authenticity of hand-made artistry. From geometric ottomans to tree trunk-inspired dining tables, each piece is as special as the materials used in its creation. Follow Vonnegut/Kraft on Instagram: @vonnegut_kraft

Mesa Console; Made-to-order

New York Heartwoods

Furniture, Home Decor

Megan Offner crafts custom furniture pieces by hand with wood from fallen trees from the Hudson River Valley. Offner grew up camping in national parks and developed an understanding of the harm that clear-cutting causes to local environments and ecosystems. To each furniture, accessory, and custom piece, she succeeds at bringing the outdoors, inside. Follow New York Heartwoods on Instagram: @newyorkheartwoods

Spatula; $72

Laura T. Jaramillo

Furniture

Laura T. Jaramillo draws inspiration from her multicultural background (her mother is Puerto Rican, her father is Colombian, and she grew up in Egypt) to design pieces inclusive of cultural expression and alternate modes of thinking. From her doodle chair to the sweater chair, her pieces are unmistakably unique. Follow Laura T. Jaramillo on Instagram: @laurafurniture

Doodle Chair; Made-to-order

Salam Hello

Rugs

Berber women have been handweaving textiles since 600 BC, passing the craft from generation to generation. They carry this tradition with them as they work, telling new stories with each knot of every textile. Founded by Mallory Solomon, Salam Hello brings these vibrant custom rugs—and the story of each one—directly to your living room. Follow Salam Hello on Instagram: @_salamhello_

Fatima’s Boujard; $530

Nina Cho Studio

Furniture, Home Decor

Influenced by her Korean heritage, Nina Cho’s design philosophy follows the translation of the Korean adage, “It is modest but not humble, and impressive but not extravagant.” From her Recess Table to her Maung Maung Mirrors, each peace coherently bridges form, material, and color. FOllow Nina Cho Studio on Instagram: @studio_ninacho

Maung Maung Mirror; Made-to-order

Maman Rugs

Rugs

After working in production design for 15 years, Samira Gagné Ludwin founded Maman Rugs to honor her late grandmother Maman Houri. Her grandmother began weaving carpets at a young age, in her rural village of Jasb, Iran. Ludwin designs each rug in her Brooklyn studio, which are brought to life by artisans in India and Asia, made from New Zealand wool. Her use of tufting to blend shape and color make Maman the centerpiece of every room. Follow Maman Rugs on Instagram: @maman_rugs

Freida Rug; $695

Balineum

Furniture, Lighting, Home Decor, Tile

Named after the Latin word for bathhouse, Balineum focuses on maintaining and celebrating classic designs using tile, hardware, and accessories usually found in the bathroom. Founder Sarah Watson believed these elements could be beautifully incorporated into other areas, including the kitchen and laundry room. From linens to wall mirrors, Balineum brings elegance to the modern home. Follow Balineum on Instagram: @sarah_balineum

Flora Wall Mirror; £940.00

LOQ

Glassware, Lighting, Home Decor

Designed in Los Angeles and crafted in Spain, LOQ co-founders Keren Longkumer and Valerie Quant create everything from covetable ceramic vases and linen napkins to leather sandals, combining the relaxed style of Quant’s California with the rich hues of Longkumer’s India. Follow LOQ on Instagram: @loq

Volta Lamp; $940

Michele Varian Shop

Lighting, Wallpaper, Home Decor, Furniture

From deco-prism wallpaper to classic brass sconces, Michele Varian’s collection of textiles, pillows, wallpaper, lighting, and furniture lies at the intersection of modernity and tradition. Hailing from Detroit, the designer’s early career centered around micro-manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and advocacy for small businesses in the community. Follow Michele Varian on Instagram: @michelevarian

Boho Diamond Wallpaper; $248

IN.SEK Design

Furniture, Lighting, Home Decor

Tired of the disposability and waste of consumerism today, Ashira Israel founded IN.SEK with the belief that design should be intentional. Her ceramics, pendant lighting, and furniture, as well as concrete installations, blur the line between art and architecture. Follow IN.SEK Design on Instagram: @in.sek

Angl Cylo Pendant Light; $700

Tortuga Living

Furniture, Lighting, Home Decor

Founded by Andrea Hill in 2018, Tortuga Living brings the work of established and emerging designers from around the globe directly to consumers. Focused on forward-thinking and modular designs produced with ethical materials, the curated selection of shelving, tables, planters, lighting, and accessories are as unique as the designer who created them. Follow Tortuga Living on Instagram: @tortugaliving

Sahara Bookends; $28

Atelier Saucier

Home Decor

Made in Los Angeles from reclaimed fabrics, Atelier Saucier’s sustainable dining linens will transform even the most routine stay-at-home meal. Self-described “chief linen officers,” founders Staci Inspektor and Nikki Reed designed their one-of-a-kind napkins to be mixed and matched. Choose from reclaimed linen, cotton, denim, or sumptuous chambray. Follow Atelier Saucier on Instagram: @atelier_saucier

Candy Stripe Tea Towels; $40

MINNA

Home Decor, Rugs

MINNA believes that contemporary design should never sacrifice social responsibility. By collaborating with master artisans in Mexico and Central and South America, this woman-led team utilizes traditional techniques such as natural dyes and the pedal loom to create sustainable home goods that inject soul into any space. Founded in 2013 by Sara Berks, the Brooklyn-based home textile brand specializes in ethically made, socially responsible goods. Follow MINNA on Instagram: @oh_minna

Puzzle Pillow in Lemon; $190

Anna Karlin Studio

Lighting, Furniture, Glassware, Home Decor

Whether it’s a statement necklace or 22-foot custom lighting fixture, Anna Karlin knows how to maximize authentic beauty and refinement. The founder and designer of Anna Karlin Studio creates each fine jewelry piece, lighting fixture, and furniture item in her Chinatown studio. Follow Anna Karlin on Instagram: @annakarlinstudio

Element Wall Hanger; $672

Sien + Co

Furniture, Home Decor, Knitwear

Sien + Co is a luxury home decor and knitwear brand based in Park City, Utah. Founder Alexandra Gibson generated the idea for Sien + Co. after meeting a group of artisans while on vacation in Nepal. Each throw pillow, blanket, and basket is handcrafted with love in Peru or Argentina. Follow Sien + Co on Instagram: @sienandco

Luna Handwoven Wool Throw; $625

 

Sesstra

Furniture, Home Decor

Sisters Uliana and Marianna Lomsinko founded Sesstra to reflect their Soviet upbringing, fusing traditional materials with contemporary design. Follow Sesstra on Instagram: @_sesstra_

Marble Bookends; $350

Hudson Wilder

Tableware

Founded by New York City-based sibling duo Joyce and Conway Liao, Hudson Wilder’s contemporary take on tableware design will elevate any dining experience. Follow Hudson Wilder on Instagram: @hudsonwilder

Apsel Matte Flatware Set; $115

Ging-ko

Home Decor

Founded by couple Natalie and Paul Sun, Ging-ko’s products are crafted from sustainable materials such as bamboo and natural wood to perfect the balance between functionality, innovative technology, and refined design. Follow Ging-ko on Instagram: @gingkodesign

Accordion Lamp; $69

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