ATLANTA STYLE EXAMINER
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian should take decorating tips from the illustrious rug designer, Malene B, (pictured above) when they start outfitting their new $11 million mansion in Bel Air.
Few in the décor industry meld fashion and home furnishings as flawlessly as the Brooklyn-based artist. That’s why Surya, the Atlanta-based luxury home accessories firm just inked a new licensing deal with her, and debuted her latest collections at a lavish cocktail party Thursday at AmericasMart downtown.
Buyers and dealers flocked into Surya’s enormous and award-winning new showroom at the mart to meet and greet Malene B, who specializes in custom-designed and hand-made flooring pieces.
“The collection arrived an hour before my appearance and began selling as soon as they were displayed,” she gushed. “It was an incredible experience.”
Before the event, she had sought suggestions from her faithful social media followers about what to wear. She wound up gracing the room in a teal, floral-print frock by Jean-Paul Gaultier and 5-inch-high maroon suede heels by Sigerson Morrison.
Malene B’s passion for globe-trotting, and her knack for re-interpreting her traveling experiences into handmade interior accessories, enamors her to dwelling and fashion magazines.
For sign posts of her ascent in the decorative design industry, consider her triumphant “Brooklyn” and “Bali” collections, which both sold superbly at the launch party.
The former was “inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge”, and the latter was “inspired by the rice paddies of Indonesia”, the Fashion Institute of Technology grad confided.
“It’s the first time I created a carpet inspired by a city in the U.S., and it was well-received. Caracas, Beeralu and Hibiscus were also popular,” Malene B added.
It’s a good thing the Mayan calendar prediction for global collapse didn’t come true because Malene B’s “Maya” rug – a circular masterpiece inspired by the personal connections to the earth and sky – would have been missed out on by fine furnishing collectors. When guests arrive, and view a Malene B “Transitions” floor piece, her mission of inspiring conversation about it is certain to be fulfilled.
The CEO of Surya, Satya Tiwari, said he expects the new partnership with Malene B to further the decorating solution firm’s exponential growth because she “brings an entirely new aesthetic” and a “playful sense of color”.
“Her designs tap into the growing convergence between distinct cultural styles,” added Tiwari, who has gained fame for by championing earth-conscious manufacturing as well as feeding the hungry in impoverished nations.
Flooring designs by Malene B appeal to clients with discretionary incomes that match their high profiles. Which is why Kanye and Kim should take a “magic carpet” ride with her.
“They should buy my ‘Carnival’ rug,” Malene B suggested. “It’s bright, colorful and festive. It would reflect their spirit.”