Introducing the Kelly Harris Smith Collection
August 2, 2017
August 2, 2017
The seven new hanging panel designs by Kelly Harris Smith—Arch, Arrow, Dash, Dot, Loop, Pitch, and Square—begin with the seemingly straightforward circle, triangle, and square. But by combining, repeating, and scaling, the shapes form complex patterning inspired by halftone reprographic techniques from when newsprint was king. This age-old technique reproduces a photograph or other image where the various tones of gray or color are produced by ink dots. In the Kelly Harris Smith collection, repeated shapes shift in scale and spacing to create this gradient-like effect. And to make things even more interesting, shapes are mirrored here and there to bolster the patterning. The intentional location of each pattern’s opacity allows a bit more privacy at seated height, while light and views are filtered above. Need to tweak it? A large pattern repeat allows for easy customization (and privacy at seated versus standing) by simply moving the repeat higher or lower, making this collection endlessly versatile while being downright cool.
This co-founder of FilzFelt knows felt inside and out. After leaving FilzFelt, Kelly Harris Smith has established herself as an independent designer and creative director specializing in natural and sustainable materials in commercial and residential interior design. By balancing intricacy and simplicity, Kelly’s designs are distinctive for their pattern, color, and innovative functionality. Named one of the Boston Globe’s 25 Most Stylish Bostonians in 2008, Kelly was a recipient of New England Home’s 5 Under 40 Award in 2011. Under her direction, FilzFelt received Interior Design Magazine’s HIP Award in 2014 and 2016, and Spinneybeck’s Beller Collection received Metropolis magazine’s Metropolis Likes Award and Interior Design Magazine’s Best of Year Award in 2016. She is a founding member and board organizer of Boston Design Salon, a women’s design business leadership organization, and sits on the advisory council of the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA), an organization dedicated to strengthening the relationship of design to business, education, and leadership. Kelly lives with her husband, two children and two vizslas in Boston’s South End.