The New York based designer Sandy Chilewich is founder and creative director of Chilewich | Sultan LLC, a company managed with her husband Joe Sultan. For the last three decades Chilewich has reinterpreted underutilized and overlooked manufacturing practices.
Sandy launched a line of placemats and floormats with her groundbreaking signature textiles in 2000. Her textiles have transformed the way tables are dressed in homes and in restaurants around the world.
Prior to launching her namesake design studio, Chilewich, in 1997, Sandy was a primary force at HUE, the hosiery company she cofounded in 1978. HUE was credited with revolutionizing the legwear market with its innovations in design, packaging and merchandising. The company was sold in 1991, and Sandy stayed on as co-president until 1994. The brand continues to thrive today.
In the first years after HUE, Chilewich continued to explore her fascination with materials and textiles. She introduced the highly successful RayBowl in 1997. The design which features a metal frame covered with stretch netting typically used in lingerie. The RayBowl, RayTray and RayBoxes were awarded utility patents and numerous awards.
In a quest for other suitable fabrics to incorporate into the RayBowl, she stumbled upon woven extruded yarns and fell in love with what she believed was a completely underutilized textile. It didn’t work for bowls, however, where others saw just one material, Chilewich saw an opportunity for business. This brings us full circle….made almost exclusively in the U.S., Chilewich now finishes 95% of their products in their own manufacturing facility in Georgia. All the award-winning products from Chilewich are sold throughout the world and exclusively in Rochester at AXOM OBJECTS.