• A New Cycle: The Year of the Metal Rat

    I can touch the sill worn by hands I’ll never know in this room with its low table where I brew chrysanthemum tea. — Lynda Hull, Chinese New Year Occurring every 12 years, the Rat represents the beginning of the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Metal Rat spans from January 25, 2020 through February 11, […]

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    January 6, 2020 By scoffey
  • Betsy Nathan’s 2020 Design Forecast

    Every year, we turn to PAGODA RED founder Betsy Nathan for her interior design forecast. As always, she avoids trends in favor of timeless ideas that are nonetheless relevant to the moment we’re living in. Working closely with many different designers, she has both a broad view of the landscape and a specific knowledge of […]

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    December 12, 2019 By scoffey
  • Handmade Hosting Gifts from PartySlate’s Julie Novack

    ‘Tis the season to gather. For memorable celebrations, we rely on the advice of Julie Novack, the founder of PartySlate. Julie has created a photo-rich platform that connects people who are planning large scale events with leading event professionals and venues across the country. With PartySlate, she’s gathered all of that information together in one space. Julie […]

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    November 6, 2019 By scoffey
  • Wealth & Health: The Year of the Earth Pig

    From February 5, 2019 to January 24, 2020, the Chinese calendar has us in the Year of the Earth Pig. Symbolic of wealth and luck, the pig is supported and connected within its earth element this year. In Chinese astrology, this translates into a year of security and prosperity. The Chinese New Year is traditionally […]

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    January 29, 2019 By scoffey
  • In Living Color: Pantone’s Pick for 2019

    “Animated and life-affirming,” those are just two of the uplifting descriptors Pantone lavished upon their recently announced color of the year—Living Coral 16-1546. At the precise intersection of vibrant pink and sunny orange, we think that the hue feels both distinct and special. We agree with the forecaster when they claim the shade, “energizes and […]

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    December 21, 2018 By hgoodman
  • In The Press: Architectural Digest on our New Space

    Huge thanks to Architectural Digest for telling the story of our warehouse, so beautifully! The article shines light on the unique way we work with designers, and how our new space makes it easier than ever to find that just-right item any project. In the piece, PAGODA RED founder Betsy Nathan shares how fulfilling it […]

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    December 20, 2018 By hgoodman
  • Book Report: Zen In The Art Of Archery

    Zen in the Art of Archery is a legendary book by Eugen Herrigel, first published in Germany in 1948, and in New York, by Pantheon Books, in 1953. The work focusses on the study of Kyūdō, a form of Japanese archery, which the German philosopher pursued in the 1920s, while living in Japan.   Over the years, the […]

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    December 17, 2018 By hgoodman
  • A Blessing for our Bucktown Headquarters

    There have been many exciting milestones as we work to complete our move and expansion into our Bucktown headquarters, but having our space blessed by the Drepung Gomang monks, is one we’ll never forget. The Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet. Located at the foot of Mount Gephel, part of the Gambo Utse […]

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    October 31, 2018 By aknotts
  • Travelogue: Following The Tea Horse Trail to Tibetan Art

    Earlier this year, PAGODA RED founder, Betsy Nathan took her teenage son, Levi, on a solo trip to Yunnan Province, China. The pair hiked a portion of the Tea Horse Trail—the southern equivalent of the historic Silk Road trading route. As the name suggests, the Tea Horse, which first emerged during the Tang Dynasty, was […]

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    June 19, 2018 By hgoodman
  • Mario Aranda: An Artist’s Approach

    Mario Aranda is an artist and go-to designer for tastemakers—perhaps best know for shaping the look of renowned Chicago fashion boutique, Ikram. Having studied art, architecture and design, Mario says he carries his education with him, wherever he goes, “like a lens.” We spoke with Mario as he focused that lens on a number of […]

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    May 11, 2018 By hgoodman