Katy Skelton Acuff knows a thing or two about good design. After starting out as a designer for a company in her home state of Texas, she went back to school to get her MFA at the Savannah College of Art & Design with the intention of starting her own company, which she did in 2012 after moving to Brooklyn. Her company, also called Katy Skelton, focuses on midcentury-inspired furniture and everything is made in America. We got her take on starting her own business, the inspiration behind her designs and her new line of tabletop items, coming out this fall.
What inspires you?
Everything! I love to travel, and I love to tour homes when I am traveling. When I was in Milan a few years ago, I toured the apartment and studio of the great designer Achille Castiglioni. He was beyond a designer—he was an inventor. He was so curious about how everything worked and was always experimenting with designs to make life easier, and everyday objects more functional.
What new trends in the design world are you excited about?
I am so happy that the American-made movement is really gaining traction. My business is focused on bringing good design and affordable pricing to buyers interesting in products made in the U.S. As people become more interested and aware of where their products are coming from, they are understanding why it is important to buy local, and that it supports their neighbors and their economy.
What's a trend you would never get behind?
In general, I try not to be influenced by trends. I want to keep my designs as classic and simple as possible, so that they will never go out of style. As for my own personal aesthetic, I love the brass/copper trend that has been happening for the last few years (as evidenced in my collection!) The only trend I can think of that I can't really get into is pillows with words on them—like inspirational quotes or phrases.