DISCLOSURE: This post is part of a sponsored collaboration with WRIGHT BEDDING but reflects my personal views and opinions. WRIGHT is an American made company whose products and initiatives align with the goals of The American Edit . Thank you for supporting the businesses that support TAE! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.
Have you ever wondered about the people who made your favorite mug, shirt or chair? In Why Do We Have Things?, Rita Mehta of The American Edit and Erin Husted of Hackwith Design House interview the independent designers, artists, small business owners and creatives behind our favorite things.
Today’s guest is Caroline Z. Hurley, an incredible artist in New York who is known for beautiful block printed textiles. Caroline and Rita talk about the different experiences that led her to her current career, about following and listening to your instincts, and about embracing change and opportunities as they come your way.
Thank you to WRIGHT for sponsoring this bonus episode of the podcast and bringing me to New York to celebrate NYCxDESIGN! I’m hanging out with Wright at their SHOWROOM IN SOHO today and we’ll be recording some fun episodes of Why Do We Have Things? If you are in New York, please stop by, I’d love to meet you! If you aren’t in town, use code “theamericanedit” for 15% off your purchase!
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I’ve written a lot about the importance of bedding and sleepwear on a good night’s sleep, but I have yet to cover the most important aspect – the mattress! We spend (or at least should be spending!) a third of our life on our mattress so I think it’s safe to say that it’s the most important piece of furniture in your home.
Over the last few years, several affordable mattress options have come to market but I have hesitated to share any of the companies as I didn’t see myself actually using one of their products for my primary bed… Earlier this year I was introduced to Dan Hauber, the founder of WRIGHT bedding, a design driven company that focuses on making the best possible mattresses, pillows, and bedding right here in America. I’ll admit that I was skeptical that these mattresses would be any different from the other models but after listening to Dan geek out about his products, testing out the mattress at the company’s Soho showroom, and learning all about the process that went into designing the collection, I’m ready and willing to make an official recommendation.
Dan was working in consulting on a project evaluating the mattress industry when he realized the opportunity existed for a well-made, well-designed mattress that was easy to purchase. The mattress industry has been able to capitalize on the fact that people don’t purchase mattresses very frequently and in general is an antiquated system, with layers and layers of middlemen, and the end result is sub-par products sold with extremely high margins. Instead of focusing on creating a low-cost option like many of the other direct-to-consumer mattress brands, Dan focused on creating the best possible mattress. And it’s pretty incredible.
Dan spent two years working with mattress factories to refine the design, equipping experts, friends, and mattress reviewers with Jawbone sleep trackers to track their quality of sleep. 27 prototypes later, the team settled on W1.27, the first mattress specifically engineered to deliver deeper and better sleep. Dan has been insistent on making everything in America because doing so allows the team to be much more involved in the entire design, testing, and development process – resulting in a much better product that everyone feels good about.
In addition to being comfortable and providing a great night of sleep, the mattress has everything you could ask for – four layers of Certi-Pur verified foam (which means that the foam is made without ozone depleters, heavy metals, flame retardants, formeldahyde, is low VOC, etc.), heat-wicking gel (without this, foam mattresses can be unbearably hot!), and naturally fire-retardant fibers as opposed to the traditional, potentially toxic chemical fire retardants typically used in mattresses. The foam mattress is made in Georgia and the fabric comes from North Carolina. This is something that you can feel safe spending a third of your life on.
After all of the comfort and safety details, WRIGHT focused on improving your overall experience, focusing on small details like managing the level of friction under the mattress so that your sheets stay tucked in and offering white-glove delivery so you don’t have to deal with lugging a mattress up your stairs… or getting rid of your old mattress. The brand also encompasses thoughtful additions to your bed – from a down pillow with special chambers so that it won’t separate overnight to a hand-printed duvet cover sewn in the garment district created in partnership with Caroline Z. Hurley. The bedding is made in Ohio and sourced from US farms – everything is 100% traceable. Wright is also in development on fully American made sheets, which are incredibly difficult to find – for other brands, the fabric is woven overseas and then cut and sewn in the US.
Why am I willing to recommend this bed? It’s simple – it’s the only option I’ve come across that I would willingly purchase for my own bedroom, as opposed to my guest bedroom. 4 years ago, before any of the newer mattress brands came to market, we spent hours and hours researching mattresses and ended up with an expensive premium option – foam layers, cooling gel, etc. It was the most expensive thing we’d purchased together at the time but we planned to have it for several years and we felt the price per use was worth it. And it has been. But WRIGHT has created a mattress that is actually better than the one we chose, and far less expensive. The W1.27 is the only mattress I’ve tested thus far that I would buy for myself, which is why it’s the mattress I’ve chosen to recommend to you.
If you are looking for a mattress, use the code “theamericanedit” for 15% off any purchase from WRIGHTBEDDING.COM!
It’s currently NYCxDESIGN and I’m excited to celebrate with WRIGHT next week in New York! I’ll be at the showroom in Soho next Thursday – Saturday and we’ll be recording some fun episodes of Why Do We Have Things? If you are in New York, please stop by, I’d love to meet you!
DISCLOSURE: This post is part of a sponsored Why Do We Have Things? collaboration with WRIGHT BEDDING but reflects my personal views and opinions. WRIGHT is an American made company whose products and initiatives align with the goals of The American Edit . Thank you for supporting the businesses that support TAE! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to EMAIL ME.
I’ve been eyeing the new white t-shirt from Bliss & Mischief and realized I had yet to share the brand. Hillary Justin launched Bliss & Mischief with re-designed and embroidered denim and military jackets (I learned of her work through my friends at Jean Stories!) and has recently added a collection of vintage-inspired t-shirts… based on the fit of a favorite vintage t-shirt, softened and distressed by stone washing (the same process used to wash your jeans!), these look pretty perfect to me. I dream of the day I could pull off some off this denim… but I know I would wear these tees all day every day.
“I started by acting very instinctually,” explains BAM designer and founder Hillary Justin, ”thinking about the colors of the desert and this epic, ‘I-don’t-know-how-old or how-tall’ cactus in my backyard.”
Inspired by this epic cactus, as well as the sun bled shades of Joshua Tree and the vivid embroidered details of classic Western kitsch, Justin began to source vintage cloth while re-designing and revamping classic pieces. Bliss and Mischief’s offering now range from original custom and handmade chain-stitch designs, executed on vintage stock, to vintage fabrics reborn as fresh, modern designs. In addition to these one-of-a-kind pieces, Bliss And Mischief’s collection also includes a select curation of vintage classics – military jumpsuits, antique Japanese kimonos, perfectly soft, solid vintage t-shirts, and more.
Simultaneously contemporary and nostalgic, Bliss and Mischief is clothing which embraces all the beautiful imperfections that come with fabric lived in…and loved.