Design Matters: Kravet

Now in its 95th year, how has the company evolved while maintaining a close connection to its roots?

Kravet is and has always been family owned and operated, which guides the core values of our business. We’ve gone from selling trimmings out of a shop in New York City’s Lower East Side to opening showrooms all over the world. That said, we strive to remain humble and support our local communities.

Can you provide insights on your philanthropic efforts?

We thrive on giving back to the many that have supported us for more than a century through our involvement with local and national charities, including DIFFA, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI), Arnold P. Gold Foundation, Plainview Hospital Kravet Emergency Center, Housing Works, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, North Shore LIJ Health System and Cape Regional Health System, and more!

Can you share a little on the idea behind the Ronald McDonald House “Project Design” campaign?

Thanks to Lyn Jurick, the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island has been up and running for almost 30 years. After decades of wear and tear, the House was ready for a refresh. In 2013, it reached out to Cary Kravet, who is a board member of the adjacent North Shore LIJ Heath System, to see if Kravet would be interested in donating fabric to update the upholstery. After touring the house with our marketing EVP Beth Greene, the Project Design plan was hatched, and in less than two years the entire house was transformed.

What was the final impact for the designers and families involved as a result of your donation?

The amazing Ronald McDonald House staff report to us that the families love their rooms and feel very comfortable. Our singular hope for the project is that residents have a thoughtful, well-designed space to call home while they manage the care of their sick child. We often refer to it as “the house that love built,” and hope that this new environment designed with love can help with the healing process.

What new collections should we expect from Kravet in 2015?

Look out for Jonathan Adler’s commercial and residential fabrics as well as Barbara Barry’s new line of rugs, plus a line of furniture called Modern Luxe in the Spring that is absolutely stunning!