Katharine Merritt and her husband, Kareem, have been running their design business out of their home since 2004. Now, they have a brand new showroom in the Design District, 92nd Street Designs, where clients can come in for consultations, browse the fabric samples, or sip champagne on Friday afternoons.
In the studio, “you have access you wouldn’t have at an in-home consultation” Katharine said, and I could see what she meant — when I walked in, I was immediately impressed by the clean, artistic way that her designs were presented. Walls were adorned with samples of drapes, upholstery and bedding, and the crystal chandelier, throw pillows and white candles gave me a sense of the elegant but hip style that 92nd Street Designs is all about.
“We want to be lively and interesting and fun,” Katharine said, emphasizing that her designs tend to be “more fresh” than most.
The idea for the studio’s new name came from some advice Katharine heard from Tom Ford: that a brand is most successful when it stays in line with who the designer truly is. That said, what way to stay closer to home than to name her studio after the street she grew up on in Kansas — 92nd St.
Join Katharine and Kareem in their new studio for one of the best traditions I’ve ever heard of — Champagne Fridays! You can also find out more information and see Katharine’s portfolio on their website.
92nd Street Designs is located at 1403 Slocum Street, Suite 107, and can be accessed through the Dragon Street entrance to Trinity Loft. They are open Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Monday and Tuesdays by appointment only.