This past August I took notice of newly launched, Dunes and Duchess at the NYIGF. At that moment, I knew I wanted to further explore the brand...my interview with Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess.
Hamptontoes: What was the inspiration in the creation of Dunes and Duchess?
The Duchess:We are creative people. I'm a magazine writer/editor/stylist and my partner, Michael Partenio (the Dunes) is a professional photographer. We desired to make a company, make a product, make a life together. The result is Dunes and Duchess, a wildly romantic idea of lighting a candle, spending time with one another and doing something together for the rest of our lives.
Hamptontoes: Dunes and Duchess offers gorgeous candlelabras, striking lamps and fabulously large hurricanes. I'm eager to hear details about each product. Please share!
The Duchess: Our candlelabras are really tall, over-sized even...you can see under them without it obscuring the view of your dining companion. We offer two or four-arm candlelabras. The two-arm version being perfect for the dining table or on a fireplace mantle. As we developed the look of the candlelabra, it was brought to our attention what a striking lamp it would make. The large lamp is about 36 inches high and 20 inches wide...it looks amazing in a library or a living room. We also have a smaller version perfect for nightstands, smaller tables, offices and foyers. As for the hurricanes, it only seemed fitting to have the candlelabras outside. They look amazing in a garden, by a pool or on a deck.
Hamptontoes: Dunes and Duchess products are made in the USA! Whereabouts?
The Duchess: Our lamps and candlelabras are made in Pennsylvania and our hurricanes in New York. The candlelabras and lamps are made of solid wood that is harvested in the northeast and carries the mark from the Forest Stewardship Council.
Hamptontoes: Do you do custom colors for clients?
The Duchess: Yes, we just completed a metallic version. We can match just about any Benjamin Moore color.
Hamptontoes: Where are your products sold?
The Duchess: We're in stores in Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago and Palm Beach. Locally, we're shipping our first orders to The Drawing Room in Cos Cob, CT; Michele Varian in NY and Lillian August in Norwalk, CT. Customers can also e-mail us to order any of our products. In addition, we should be e-commerce by early November.
Hamptontoes: What a feather in your cap to have your product featured in the Shippan Designer Showhouse in Stamford, CT. What room will visitors spot your creation?
The Duchess: We are thrilled to be included in the dining room designed by Kenneth/Davis!
Hamptontoes: I adore the name Dunes and Duchess! How did the name come about?
The Duchess: I've always been called Duchy or Duchess. Dunes was a perfect fit for Micheal as he is a child of the sea. Island life is our favorite way to spend our days. Our logo, a crown and anchor, seemed fitting for how we like to live.
Hamptontoes: What is the best way to stay up to date with Dunes and Duchess?
The Duchess: We would love it if people followed our adventures on our blog at http://www.dunesandduchess.com/ or on Twitter or Facebook under Dunes and Duchess!
What a treat to interview a company that brings a deep passion to their craft. Stacy and Michael love what they do and that message is conveyed through their enthusiasm to create unique products. I walked away from our interview feeling like Dunes and Duchess represents a lifestyle...one that is about celebrating life, celebrating love, embracing family and friends...and enjoying it all with the ambiance created by a Dunes and Duchess candlelabra or lamp. What areas of your home would you use Dunes and Duchess products?