The Designer Artist Series provides an opportunity for interior designers and furniture designers to design, create and promote a furniture design in collaboration with our Grand Rapids artisans. Our bench-made process allows the possibility for creation of your original design.
For 30 years Jeffery Roberts has been creating custom furniture and in recent years he selected Kindel Grand Rapids to engineer and build his designs. Kindel Grand Rapids and Jeffery Roberts enjoyed a relationship that grew into collaboration on multiple levels: product design, color and finish exploration, and showroom design. For his eponymous collection, Jeffery has selected 12 furniture designs from his extensive body of work. Jeffery’s classically-trained, artist’s mind reads clearly in the Collection’s concept.
Dorothy Draper is America's original interior decorator. Her work on behalf of such institutions as New York's Hampshire House, The Carlyle, San Francisco's Mark Hopkins Hotel, Hollywood's Arrowhead Springs Hotel and West Virginia's Greenbrier Hotel exemplified her as a pioneering businesswoman and the most famous decorator of the 1930s and 40s. Draper's style is big and bold. She invented Modern Baroque with oversize plaster work and dramatic use of vibrant color. Carleton Varney, a protege of Mrs. Draper, is the owner and president today of the legendary design firm, Dorothy Draper and Company. Mr. Varney perpetuates Dorothy Draper's design philosophy: "bright colors and the rejection of all that is impractical, uncomfortable and drab."