I founded ANNA New York in 2002, in my grandmother’s basement in Queens, New York. It was a family business and a matriarchy from the very beginning. My mother and grandmother put the little rubber feet on the bottoms of our agate gemstone coasters, our first design, at the kitchen table. Today, we continue to be a female-owned and operated company. My daughter Talia (11) now helps me to create our new designs.
I am trained as a product designer, and studied both engineering and art in at Stanford University – a curious mix between left/right brain! As an older engineering student, I was one of the only women in my class, and in the machine shop. My research (then, and now) was on biologically-inspired design.
After school, I continued my interest in biomorphic design by designing prosthetic knees and devices for cardiac surgery. I became a Professor of Product Design at Parsons School of Design and Stanford University, for nearly 15 years. While a professor, I founded ANNA New York – which has become, for me, the ultimate vehicle for creating naturally-inspired designs.
ANNA New York is a luxury home brand that marries natural materials and sophisticated design. Female-founded, we empower people across the globe to live, work, and entertain gracefully in the sanctuary of their homes. Our collections layer semi-precious gemstones with the finishing touches of 24k gold and pure silver, to create pieces for the home which are both beautiful, and functional. With our founder as a role model, we as a brand celebrate strong women all over the world who fearlessly pursue their passions, and stand up for what they believe is right.
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