comings & goings | Dec 4, 2023 |
The Female Design Council welcomes its first director, Matouk has new leadership and more

As the year comes to a close, these design professionals are starting new chapters in their careers. Read on for BOH’s monthly roundup of arrivals and departures in design, manufacturing and media.

To the Trade

Interior design marketplace Daniel House Club has welcomed three new members to its board of advisors—AD100 Hall of Fame designer Alexa Hampton, chosen for her industry expertise; David Kahl, the former CEO of Fully, for his background in brand management; and Travis Huff, vice president of sales at Freight Club and a former Wayfair sales director, for his insights into furniture logistics.

Jaipur Rugs has appointed Greg Foster as its new artistic director. In this role, he will lead the brand’s collaborations, campaign imagery, cultural initiatives and special projects. Based in Mumbai, Foster was previously the editor of Architectural Digest India. “Jaipur Rugs already has an incredible design language and an important private collection of antique carpets,” he said in a statement. “I can’t wait to add to the archives with prestigious new collaborations from across contemporary culture, taking the brand into edgy new storytelling.”

Matouk hired Caroline McDonald as head of brand strategy and marketing. McDonald has a background in luxury real estate development, fashion retail and media, most recently serving as an executive vice president at Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing, where she was head of marketing and brand strategy. She has also worked for Coach, Saks Fifth Avenue and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. In this new position, she will oversee Matouk’s brand management, engagement, and advertising across all business channels and audiences.

Retail & Manufacturing

George Goeth-Chi Chao is the new vice president and general manager of Spoonflower, the online retailer of fabric, wallpaper and home decor. Goeth-Chi Chao has a background in e-commerce and manufacturing, previously having worked for Jetson Health, Target, and McKinsey & Company.

Media & PR

Here at Business of Home, we’re excited to welcome a new hire of our own: Aidan Taylor joins the team as editorial assistant. Taylor, whose most recent work includes this article, is a recent graduate of New York University, where he studied journalism and anthropology. Prior to BOH, he had internships with Modern Luxury Media and Fortune magazine.

Olivia Lugarini has transferred from PR firm Camron’s London office to New York, where she will be a senior account director managing a portfolio of luxury design and lifestyle clients. Lugarini previously worked for the PR agency Karla Otto.

After five years with Domino Media Group, Mackenzie Attridge has started a new position as account director at Nylon Consulting. In her new role, she will work with clients that include the New York Design Center, WallPops, and McGee & Co. and Studio McGee.

Industry Organizations

The Female Design Council announced the appointment of its first director, Angharad Coates. A communications strategist, Coates has worked with artists, designers and creatives for the past 14 years, most recently as managing partner at Camron. In her new role, she will work with FDC founder Lora Appleton to expand membership, develop new partnerships and grow the organization on a national scale.

Lucy Penfield of Minneapolis-based Lucy Interiors, has been named president of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Minnesota chapter. Penfield brings more than 30 years of design industry experience to the position, which she will hold for a one-year term. “I am embracing the big topics of health, wellness and sustainability as part of my strategic plan this year,” she said in a statement. “We are working to increase partnerships with like-minded organizations to pave the way for a better future through design excellence.”

The American Institute of Architects California has appointed eight new members to its board: Carina Mills from Studio One Eleven as first vice president/president-elect, Sujendra K. Mishra from Boulder Associates as secretary/treasurer, Darrell S. “Rocky” Rockefeller from Rockefeller Kempel Architects as vice president of professional practice, Robert Drew Weigl from AXIA Architects and Ginger S. Thompson from Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture as vice presidents of strategic planning and research, Lynn N. Simon from Arup as vice president of climate action, and Scott F. Gaudineer from Flewelling & Moody and Daniel Perez from Studio Perez as AIA Strategic Council representatives.

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