• 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 for any project. In the piece, PAGODA RED founder Betsy Nathan shares how fulfilling […]

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Design Diary: Asia Week New York 2018

    Every spring, New York hosts Asia Week, a 10-day celebration of eastern art and culture. Collectors and curators descend on the city to visit galleries, make the museum rounds, and chart their way across a sprawling series of events. This year, making our way from Asian art galleries on the Upper East Side, south towards […]

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  • In The Press: Betsy Nathan in Architectural Digest

    PAGODA RED founder Betsy Nathan was thrilled to take part in AD PRO’s Designer Takeover, which invites members of the design world to tell their personal stories. Betsy shared memories and photos of a trip she took with her son Jack through China’s stunningly beautiful countryside—a landscape and culture that has long inspired her: “Longsheng reminded […]

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  • Chicago Botanic Garden: Asia In Bloom

    We’re continually inspired by the Chicago Botanic Garden’s mission to ‘cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life.’ Today we’re looking back on Asia in Bloom, a special exhibition from 2018. Here, we had the honor to show a collection of taihu spirit stones, vessels, and sculpture. “You can’t tell the story of orchids […]

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  • Welcome to the Year of the Dog

    According to Chinese astrology, which operates in 12 year cycles, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. If you were born in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994 or 2006, you were born under this sign. The list of positive attributes is a long one — dogs represent loyalty, honesty and intelligence, and “dog people” are […]

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  • Ultra-Inspiration from Pantone’s Color of the Year

    What’s the simplest way to spot a color trend? Wait for Pantone, the design industry’s premier chromatic forecaster, to name its color of the year. To much fanfare, they recently released 2018’s: Ultra-Violet 18-3838. The vibrant hue has been lauded as a hallmark of experimentation and non-conformity — it was a go-to for musical legends like […]

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