You know that quarts crystals are back as the hot new IT stone for jewelry and accessories. Cue Sante Fe love children and the California lifestyle. But now they’re taking their due place in home design.
I first met designer Katherine Wildt O’Brien at the MJSA Expo a couple of weeks ago, THE place to revel in jewelry design technology. I was shopping about, perusing the new equipment, tools, options for rounding out my mix of gem stones, finding all the fixings. And then I came upon Matthew Studios, Katherine’s creative expression of crystals for the home, which just about made me cry. Plus, check that inspirational crystal hanging around her neck! (Vintage, she shared with me.) These were one-of-a-kind luminaries (that’s lamps, to you and me), lucite guest trays with brass skull handles sporting crystal eyes, druzy crystal drawer pulls and door knobs, as well as huge chunks of polished crystal for candle holders.
Founded in 2008, Matthew Studios (named after Katherine and hubby Garrett’s house bunny, Matthew, of course) focuses on natural materials and lighting, Katherine’s love. Just about anything you might want to use as hardware or decorative pieces to shine a crystal light of magical special powers into your house, Katherine has thought of and brought it to light and life, melding her passion for vintage, flea markets and painting with her love for rough quartz crystal, semi-precious gems, exotic skins and lucite. She’s showing right now through March 22nd at the Architectural Digest Show being held at PIERS 92 & 94, 55th Street at 12th Avenue, NYC 10019. The show is open to the public, as well as the design trade, Friday through Sunday.
Katherine’s star piece? Her selenite rock crystal tables. My fave? The skull drawer pull, naturally. Which one is yours?