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DESIGNER PROFILE flooring PAT RI CK J. MCDA RRA H , PE TAL U MA , CA LI F. Style by the Foot Chances are you've stepped on one of Emma Gardner's rugs. The chief designer and principal of her Petaluma, Calif.-based eponymous design firm has created many rugs and carpets for high-end hotels, lobbies, retailers and even consumer homes since 2002, after making the switch from a career as an editor and illustrator. "I took a somewhat circuitous route to arrive at making a career of what had come most naturally," Gardner says. "It was a combination of that small flame that was always there, and ... a pressing awareness when I became pregnant with my daughter that I had to make doing what I love my job." Gardner's rugs swirl with original floral, geometric and organic, natural designs and are hand-knotted in Nepal using hand-carded, hand-spun, pot-dyed Tibetan wool and Chinese silk. While others are experimenting with recycled plastics and value-driven and sustainable materials like hemp and bamboo, she notes the materials she uses can't be improved upon in terms of longevity and care: "There's the wisdom of centuries in them." Her company also creates rugs for manufacturer Surya that use tufted wool and cotton, which she explains are "less expensive but still retain a crispness of color and are materials that people can feel good about." Gardner's work has won several awards, including Interior Design magazine's Best of the Year in 2007 (and Merit awards in '08 and '10), the IIDEX/NeoCon Innovation award and placed in NeoCon's Gold Awards. She's also seen her underfoot creations in the pages of Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Dwell and Traditional Home. Next year, she's launching a line of wallpaper with Dallas wallcoverings manufacturer Luxe Surfaces. As for that moment when she sees someone tread on her masterpieces? "It's interesting to see whether people notice what they're walking on," she says. "It's like having a little secret, and it's nice to see [the rugs] out there in the world, part of someone's experience of a place." -Lauren Mang EMMA GARDNER PRINCIPAL EMMA GARDNER DESIGN LLC "You want people to feel comfortable and welcome, but you're also putting forth a style in the rug - like the art on the walls - that can crucially contribute to the aesthetic of the space." VMSD.COM | JANUARY 2016 89 http://www.VMSD.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of VMSD - January 2016

Vmsd - January 2016
Contents
From the Editor
Editorial Advisory Board
Props + Decoratives
Lighting
Mannequins + Forms
Materials + Wallcoverings
Materials New Ravenna’s Sara Baldwin
Furniture
Fixtures
Fixtures Vassi Design Group/chippenhook’s Natasha Watkins
Flooring
Flooring Emma Gardner Design’s Emma Gardner
Signage + Graphics
Best of the Rest
Ad Index
Lasting Impression Melissa Shoes, New York

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