What happens when an interior designer, a retail store visual manager and project manager bond over Project Runway episodes? Explosive creativity, that’s what.
“We’d get together every Thursday night,” says interior designer Andrea Beecher of the modest beginnings of her now-booming partnership with Brian Garrett and Jason Frederick. ” I get to work with two amazingly talented individuals, who I’m also lucky enough to call my friends,” Frederick adds.
Since officially launching their local interior design firm and celebrated product collection late last year, the trio—aptly named M3LD to describe the collaborative trifecta—has created Brutalist-inspired lamps, tables, pet bowls, planters and wall tiles that nod to the 1970’s design deviation of architectural modernism. “Modern is more than an aesthetic,” Beecher explains of the company’s inspiration. “It’s a philosophy.”
The products, including torch-welded, solid-steel and burnished-brass pieces, offer major impact without the sizable investment. “It was really important for us to create accessible design,” Beecher says. “I love Kelly Wearstler, but a $10,000 table? She’s my favorite. She’s amazing. I just don’t think it’s necessary to spend $10,000 to get good design.”
M3LD’s design services—residential and commercial—come from the heart. “One of my favorite things about designing spaces is building relationships with my clients,” says Beecher. “It’s really personal thing for someone to ask me to design their home or commercial space.”
Partner Garrett agrees, “In everything we do, M3LD strives to fuse 20th century modern aesthetics with timeless sophistication, in a way that feels current. While I take creating a piece or designing a space seriously, I believe good design should not take itself too seriously,” he says. “This is best expressed in a statement we use around the studio: We’re not saving lives. We’re saving eyes.”