Monday, January 10

The fabulous Maybelline Te and her fresh furniture line, Snug

When I first met the fabulous, stylish and warm
Maybelline Te
I was immediatley impressed.

Her generous spirit can be felt when reading her lifestyle blog, froulala 
it peppers her tweets on Twitter and
of course it inspires her furniture designs at 

Maybelline partnered with Alex Brandon Hendricks to create the Snug line.  They explore shapes and forms that are fresh and familiar while using unique materials that factor in both form and function.

 2010 was an exciting year for Snug:
the line was formally launched last Spring in New York
at the
 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF).
May arrived in New York to showcase 
and received a warm welcome from the industry.

I met Maybelline while she was in town for this event,
and she happily squeezed in a lunch with me during her busy week.  

Snug recieved raves reviews from the industry -

"a return to relaxation and simplicity"
Jason Sheftell
NY Daily News 

Next, Snug made its debut in High Point
this past Fall
and opened to the praise from industry expert
Hermine Mariaux
Here I am with Hermine at this September's Trend report at Grange showroom in NYC
(I wrote an interior design trend post in October based upon a syposium I attended --Hermine gave a detailed slideshow presentation and trend forecast from this past year's Maison Objet decorative art show in Paris). 

Hermine praises SNUG: 
"Snug astounds with undulating seating pieces made of polished resin and inlaid with coconut twigs and rattan. A Matrix table painted with thousands of multi colored dots resembles African textiles. All are made in the Philippines"
Hermine Maraux

magazine wrote about their snappy designs --look  here to read what they had to say

Hailing from a family design business in the Philippines and having accrued much education in the industry, May has been on a whirlwind tour this past year to launch her line of furniture.  Each time we speak she is on her way to showcase SNUG.

She has created quite a buzz in the industry
many of us are tuned in
to hear what she's up to next.
 She is young and talented,
yet even with her busy life, 
May juggles much to connect with others in the design industry. 
After a few conversations this summer,
she learned I was hosting a Fourth of July celebration, and she quickly wrapped and sent me a full set of her exquisite shell napkin ring designs just in time for the day! 
Take at look at how she influenced my holiday -
my Fourth of July party made extra special with Maybelline's gift: 
shell napkin ring holders
Maybelline makes all this hard work appear effortless. 
I love that she is willing to work directly with designers,
yet the icing on the cake
is the reasonable price point.
Take a look at a sampling of what she serves up --

I am craving a tattoo side table, and haven't seen anything like it before!

I love the punch of color and the interesting shape of this table's base

light and sculptural, this end table would be perfect in a loft space

I love the wave bench - the shape and materials are intriguing.

What makes the Snug line
so appealing to me is
how they incorporate
natural materials together
with familiar,
yet modern designs
As can be seen by these photographs below, the furniture can easily mingle with many styles from traditional to modern

Congratulations Maybelline Te
for a fabulous 2010
Stop by Snug
to see
what they have to 
offer in 2011! 


Fauxology said...

Her design sense is incredible. The line perfectly fits its name and the pieces are just a dream to look at. I bet they're really comfortable, too. Maybelline is such a warm person as well, chic and engaging. It was a pleasure to meet her in person. Great post, Tamara!

Anonymous said...

Sarah H wrote...
Tamara, Thank you so much for including Hearst Magazine's design show house at The Setai Fifth Avenue Residences! We really enjoy reading your blog and hope to work with you again in the future. Sarah
Fauxology wrote...

Anonymous said...

Froulala wrote...
Tamara, what an honor to be part of your furniture month and what a great way to usher in SNUG's 2011! You have always been supportive since our launch and we truly appreciate the kind words and feature in your much admired blog where all FAB things about nesting reside. You are the best! Thank you so much, Maybelline and Alex!

Anonymous said...

Jill wrote...
Really beautiful Tamara :) All of your projects have a beautiful balance. Looking forward to your next creations :) Be well!Jill Healy(Formerly High Style Interiors & Gifts, Charlotte NC)

Anonymous said...

This design inspires me deeply! I can’t wait for Maison&Objet, is’t a great event, full of good design. And I really want to see AIRNOVA LEADER, WOOUF BARCELONA and of course BOCA DO LOBO there!!
Jill wrote...

Tamara Matthews-Stephenson said...

Thanks for your comments everyone -It has been a great year and featuring Maybelline has been a highlight! I hope her Snug line flies off the shelves this year! best, Tamara

Anonymous said...

this is very interesting and I enjoyed reading this story about Snug. I had seen the line at ICFF last year and now I know they sell directly to designers, I'm even more intriqued. I will save this in my files for future clients. Thank You Tamara, Sally Welch

quintessence said...

Thanks for the introduction to this fabulous new line. I'm in love with the quilted leather sofas - really so wonderful - would fit in any space elegantly!

D.L.Rhein said...

I love the shell napkin ring holders! what a great idea for a summer dinner party. Thanks for the inspiration.