What, When, Where: Global Reach

May 14, 2012

Corner Chandelier by Michael McHale, Long Island City, NY. Photo courtesy of Koo de Monde

We at New England Home spend a lot of time, especially for our printed magazine issues, searching out the most elegant home products and resources created right here in New England. But it’s fun, sometimes, to cast a wider net and consider beautiful things from all over.

Curtain Console Table by Jason Phillips Design, High Point, NC. Photo courtesy of Koo de Monde

A quickening proliferation of sales websites devoted to high-end home design is bringing more and more potential purchases straight to our computer or iPad screens. Many of these sites (Dering Hall, One Kings Lane and Joss & Main, for example) are national or international in scope. Some, such as Market 27, lean toward more local connections.

Lilly vase from Sama Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand. Photo courtesy of Koo de Monde

In today’s blog post, though, we have a rare opportunity to loosen up a bit and stay true to our core mission at the same time. Koo de Monde, pet project of partners John Altobello, Curtis Chen, Philip Clendaniel and Betsy Sweat, although based in Boston, extends tendrils of curiosity in all directions to reel in luxury pieces from artisans, artists and designers around the world.

24KKM (Kate Moss in gold) by Jeremy Penn, New York, NY

Members of the trade can always visit their physical digs at the Boston Design Center, but really the journey from Hartford or Burlington or Portland to workshops in Cambodia or studios in Chicago is no longer than a click of screen or trackpad.

Spice Dust carpet from Silk Road Weaves by Barbara Jacobs, Medfield, MA

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