The Big Rethink Event Nov 17th

Join us to hear Fort Street Studio’s CEO Paul Melo in conversation with Nature Squared’s Co-founder Lay Koon Tan. “The Big Rethink – Material innovations” will be moderated by The Grand Tourist podcast’s host Dan Rubinstein. Discussion topics will include the use of natural materials in luxury products, the importance of responsible sourcing, and the positive effect art and design have on our homes.

 The salon style evening will be hosted at Fort Street Studio showroom, 19 West 22nd St, Suite 5N, New York, NY 10011, on Thursday, November 17th from 6:00 PM to 8pm. The panel will begin at 7:00 PM.



About the hosts:

 Fort Street Studio designs and manufactures high-end hand-made carpets.  The brand is known for its suede-like wild silk and wool blend carpets that combine traditional techniques with contemporary aesthetics.

The studio was founded in 1996 by American painters Janis Provisor and Brad Davis and is now headed by Paul Melo, following his 11-year tenure with the brand.  The company operates from its NYC flagship showroom, and services the leaders in the interior design and architecture industries. Fort Street Studio carpets, known for their non-repeating design aesthetic adapted from watercolor art, are found in the most prestigious interiors all over the world.  For 26 years the carpets have graced the homes of notable art collectors, musicians, and filmmakers, as well as the most luxurious public spaces and hotels in the world.

Nature Squared is an ethical design brand founded in 2000 by Paul Hoeve and Lay Koon Tan with a mission to create truly innovative sustainable surfaces for architects, designers and consumers using abundant natural materials such as eggshell, seeds, bark and feathers.

A leader in design innovation, Nature Squared combines traditional craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology to capture the beauty of materials that are not endangered, protected or threatened, sourcing predominantly from industries such as farming and fishing, transforming what would normally be considered waste.

Nature Squared is a Swiss-based company with main production facilities in the Philippines, R&D resources in Germany and Switzerland and sales headquarters in London. Their natural materials are sourced mainly in Asia, Africa and Europe.

The event will be moderated by Dan Rubinstein, host of The Grand Tourist Podcast. Rubinstein has been a design journalist for over 20 years.  The podcast introduces listeners to the leading tastemakers of the creative world, from master chefs to experimental architects. It is a virtual journey through the worlds of fashion, interior design, art, food, and travel – all the elements of a well-lived life. His guests included artists and legends in the architecture and design world, such as Bijarke Ingles, Moshe Safdie, Chefs Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller and designers India Mahdavi and Annabelle Selldorf, to name a few.