In the moments of free-time Karen found at NYIGF she hurried through the aisles of Pier 94 to get a glimpse of what's new in the world of interior design. Three artists caught her eye:
Inspired by old Tole pieces he saw and restored, self-taught artist Tommy Mitchell began creating his own botanical art ten years ago.
Mitchell, with the help of his wife, operate what they proudly call "a small and simple business," Tommy Mitchell Company Toleware & Beautiful Things.
Each piece of art is created and hand-signed by the artist himself and shipped from its birth place, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
NYIGF was the Mitchell's first show and Karen was delighted by his work.
"I love each and every piece, the work is so fun and beautiful. I now own a pair of Auricula which I have in my bedroom," Karen said.
Mitchell with his artwork at Pier 94 for the January 2012 NYIGF.
No novice to the design world, Lisa Jarvis has owned an interior design business for most of her life. But when she woke one morning with the idea to design her own line of furniture and accessories, her design talents turned from table arrangements to table legs.
"I've always said, if I can't find it, I'll make it," Jarvis said.
So that's what she did. A week after her early morning epiphany, Jarvis was sending her drawings out to get prototypes.
Her designs are elegant and edgy, perfectly merging old world and modern elements to create a comfortable yet high-style feel.
After years of being an NYIGF shopper, Jarvis is proudly exhibiting her own work.
Karen loves her style and the fact that she works so seamlessly with her husband of 14 years.
"They have so much in common with John and I. Together they have created a beautiful and successful business."
Lisa Jarvis and her husband with their new line of furniture and accessories at Pier 94, January 2012 NYIGF.
The design for these graphic side-tables came from her diamond wedding ring.
Michele Varian, of Michele Varian Collective, has a knack for bringing nature-inspired art into the home is what caught Karen's eye.
"Her twist on nature and ability to make something new and funky from something old is so inspiring and fun," Karen said.
The inspiration for Michele Varian's geometric pillows and graphic wallpaper comes from American Indian designs and the flora and fauna that surrounded them.
All Varian's work and the work of artists she represents in her store in Downtown NYC are made in the USA.
See Karen's new products at www.karenrobertson.com