House Enthusiast

Design Hive At the Maria Baldwin School in Cambridge, MA: Saturdays through Dec. 20, 2008

by Katie Hutchison for the House Enthusiast

Last Saturday, a friend (and fellow RISD alum) and I dropped in on the Design Hive in Cambridge to check out one-of-a-kind design wares. We were delighted to find a wide assortment of unique, quality creations just in time for the holiday season. Located in the cafeteria of the Baldwin School, a short walking distance from Harvard Square, the Hive was buzzing with talent.

I couldn’t resist a hand-crocheted baby hat from Loops created by Alexia Cohen. I was captivated by beautiful, three-foot by four-foot monotype prints of stunning originality by Mya Royal. She describes her organic work as “inspired by eastern philosophies and very modern.”  Neither Alexia nor Mya has a website yet, not even business cards, but it’s only a matter of time. They’re great examples of the fresh, up-and-coming designers to be discovered at the Hive. Contemporary porcelain pottery from La Tavola Pottery by Michele James Hurley, another RISD alum, was a highlight as was glassware by Titan Glass LLC, unusual steel housewares by Mean & Wroughten, and jewelry by Alessandra Designs. I’m leaving out other apparel and clothing-accessory designers only because I’m fashion impaired; it’s by no means a comment on their work.

The Design Hive is the brainchild of Val Fox, founder of Red Valise, a web-consulting enterprise. She was recently a guest on Fox 25’s “The Look,” talking about the Design Hive. The indie market will continue each of the next six Saturdays 10:00 am- 5:00 pm, featuring 30-50 rotating designers each event. You don’t want to miss it.

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