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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Paige Stanley Miller, Designer building a brand

Paige Stanley Miller, Designer Building a Brand

As a child Paige spent winters on the sunny shores of Florida’s gulf coast and summered in the quiet, cool, woods and bays of Maine where her family has homes. Some of Paige’s favorite parts of growing up were beachcombing, hiking, and sailing. It took coming to Manhattan to encourage her to put those memories into her art. After earning her B.F.A. in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design, Paige worked full time for several fabric manufacturers. In the last eight years Paige has had her own studio where she creates art that has been licensed to bedding, giftware, and stationery companies.

Currently she is developing ceramics and pursuing a new home sewing fabric license.
Paige and her husband Martin have lived in Manhattan for over twenty years and find the city and its residents a constant source of inspiration. After seeing Sofia Coppola’s Marie Anoinette film, they threw a “Let’s Eat Cake” soiree. For the dessert table centerpiece Paige took a plastic chandelier and made it look like it had fallen from the ceiling.

This year’s Halloween idea came from reading an article in The New York Times called Daliwood (the nickname of Salvador Dali’s Los Angeles home). The guests got excited about the surreal theme including Ramona Ponce who fashioned her hat from a “working” phone wih a lobster for the receiver!

With such a creative imagination combined with her chandelier inspirations and love of Eloise, Whom You Know is confident that the Paige Stanley Miller design brand will be a successful force to be reckoned with in Manhattan! Peachy Deegan interviewed Paige Stanley Miller for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: What textiles do you enjoy working with the most and why?
Paige Stanley Miller: I get a lot of inspiration from working with vintage fabrics and illustrations. Developing giftware fabric prints has been one of the most fun categories for me so far.

How do your pieces that refect Maine differ from the pieces that reflect Florida?
My Florida patterns tend to depict things like surf graphics, flamingos, or sealife and so far the Maine work shows off more of the woodland flora and fauna.

What in Manhattan inspires you?
I love how people here put their own spin on things..

What designs have been the most successful for you and where can Whom You Know readers buy them?
The Watercolors Collection for Two's Company has been the most successful. It's still on their webpage.

What do you hope to create sewing?
I love the idea of mothers and daughters creating beachy and cabin pillows, quilts, bags etc.

What is your favorite place to be in NYC?
The roofgarden at The Metropolitan Museum of Art at sunset.

What is your favorite shop?
Adelaide in the West Village for vintage moderne luxe.

What is your favorite drink?

What is your favorite restaurant?
Elletaria on 8th St. Such a global mix!

What is your favorite NYC book?
Eloise by Kay Thompson

What is your favorite thing to do in NYC that you can do nowhere else?
Throw one of my eccentric parties with all my favorite friends.

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here?
I think chef owned restaurants tend to be underrated. From what I've heard the club scene downtown is overrated these days.

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
Have been known to make fun confections.

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?
From my webpage

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