Stephanie Odegard has been involved in assisting developing countries to promote and preserve the traditional artisanal crafts since she served in the Peace Corps in Fiji in 1976. After working for the United Nations and the World Bank, she founded her revolutionary company renowned for its inspired designs, high production standards and creation of luxurious hand-knotted carpets.
Now, an internationally recognized leader in contemporary design, Stephanie has garnered numerous accolades and awards that acknowledge both her design talents and her commitment to social progress and philanthropic accountability. In June 2001, the Peace Corps presented her with an award honoring a former volunteer who promotes international economic development, exemplifies respect for cultural diversity and provides a model workplace for employees.
Stephanie Odegard seeks to preserve rare artistic traditions from around the world and has devoted her career to assisting artisans in developing countries promote and preserve their traditional crafts. Recognized as an international leader in contemporary design, she has expanded carpets to include finely crafted objects from regions outside Nepal and Tibet, and has focused on preserving the ancient traditions which flourished during the Mughal period.
Having consulted in craft sectors for 15 years, before starting her own business, she served in different nations around the world positioning her well to develop products not only in textiles but in furniture, accessories, and architectural fixtures. Stephanie gets the most excitement and inspiration working through new concepts using ancient traditional skills with designers, helping them realize their visions for interiors. Stephanie Odegard's collection of jewelry for the home includes furniture, lighting, textiles, decorative accessories and architectural elements. Commissioning artisans in Nepal, India, Tibet and Italy to create modern pieces, Stephanie Odegard works to assure the survival of their traditional crafts and honor the communities in which they are made. Each unique piece is infused with a clear sense that the artist's hand has been at work. Whether highly decorative or minimally modern, Stephanie Odegard's collection presents graceful, opulent surfaces, textiles, and objects worked in wood, stone, copper and other precious materials.
All of the surfaces and techniques offered are customizable and source the introduction of this collection. Stephanie Odegard has been commissioned to re-create the entire interior surface of a mirrored glass room from a 17th century Indian palace, a chair from the Raj, cotton khadi panels, silk and cashmere shawls, blankets and cushion covers.