Best of What's Next 2009: Grace Bonney (Design*Sponge) [Blogger]
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
For Fans Of: Etsy, Domino magazine, Martha Stewart
Bonney started Design*Sponge five years ago in hopes of eventually
landing a gig at a major design magazine. Since then, the blog has
become one of the best online sources for up-and-coming independent
designers—and it’s now her full-time job. Bonney’s posts seem carefully
curated, but actually just reflect her eclectic and enthusiastic taste
in papergoods, ceramics, textiles, furniture and delightful tchotchkes.
She augments details on products she’s “loving” with original
interviews, photo galleries, tutorials and more, while her Biz Ladies
meet-ups and Design*Sponge scholarship nudge along emerging crafters
and artists around the country.
What’s Next? “I’d love to research, work with and support artists in a different region,” Bonney says. “I feel strongly about the work coming from South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina right now, so I’d love to have a change of scenery and see what’s happening somewhere south of Brooklyn.”
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