Our latest designer spotlight features Stanley Jay Friedman.Born and raised in New York, a graduate of the Parsons School of Design, Friedman worked for several designers until forming his own atelier in New York City in the Mid 70’s. In order to express his beliefs, Friedman’s work ethic is a total commitment to a design philosophy he has always believed in, which is to control, influence and design the entire project and almost everything in it. Friedman’s career took a pivotal turn when he began designing products for Brueton, a high-end furniture manufacturer. This launched a successful furniture design career that has lasted for more than 25 years.In 1997, Friedman gave up his interior design practice to concentrate solely on product.
His designs have been published numerous times, and he has achieved many successes, as well as awards and commendations: Dupont Antron Grand Prize Award – Roscoe Awards (10) – IBD Product Awards (3)ASID Interior Design Awards (2) – ASID International Product Award – ADEX AwardAPEX Product of Excellence Commendation – 2000 Good Design AwardDesign Journal Best of Show – 2002 Good Design Award
Although Friedman’s name may be synonymous with Brueton, he also designs furniture, carpets, and accessories for such retail manufacturers as Tsang (China), Weiman, Haber Carpets, Natale, Lazar and most recently, DIA and Creative Elegance. This has been extremely inspiring to Stanley because of their willingness to experiment with edgy new materials and cutting edge products.Friedman says that he never tires of designing. He has more inspiration today than in 1970. He reaches a larger and younger audience than ever, and because of the time we live in “today you are aware that design is everywhere you look”. His motivation has never been greater. He is always challenging himself and looks forward to doing his best work.At Sklar we have several of his products currently on our floor.