elisa werbler

by Grace Bonney

This past weekend I was in Providence, Rhode Island, for the RISD Alumni Sale. I’ve always loved this sale because it’s a great chance to see current students selling next to graduates from 10, 20 and 30 years ago. Looking at the range of work they offer is always exciting, and I really enjoy getting a chance to talk to younger designers about their work and the things they’re interested in these days. I saw a lot of the younger students interested in the same trends we see online these days (geometric designs, neon, silk art scarves, metallics and faceted ceramics), so I clicked with several of their booths. This morning I wanted to showcase one of my favorites, Elisa Werbler. I picked up one of her prints and three plates that looked like splattered paint and gold leaf. Sadly the plates aren’t on her site yet, but she’s got some incredible work online (including the prints) that are definitely worth checking out.

After graduating (with honors) in 2009 with a BFA in furniture design, Elisa moved to New York City where she does freelance design and installation work for clients like Kate Spade, Coach and Anthropologie. I love the window installations she did for Anthropologie (some of my favorites are after the jump), but I really loved her furniture design, as well. I’ve chosen a selection of my favorite pieces from her portfolio above and below, but I hope you’ll check out her full website here. It’s always exciting to see what the next wave of great designers is doing, and I think we’re going to see a lot more from Elisa. xo, grace

More of Elisa’s work continues after the jump . . .

Elisa’s work for Anthropologie is below:

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  • Wow. What incredible talent. Particularly love her abstract building prints and the reclaimed wood installations at Anthropologie (worth a click through to her site). Absolutely beautiful and nothing like I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing and look forward to seeing more of her work in the future!

  • From the first time I walked into an Anthropologie, I have wanted the job of doing their displays and installations. I go there just to feel happy and inspired. Its like an art show to me more than a clothing store. Now you have featured two of their lovely artists! Awesome work Elisa!

  • Wow- this is a long time later after this post, but I just saw it, and I just loved it!
    Beautiful work