Heddie Chu is a graduate of Parson’s School of Design and a founding member of NC2, an architecture and interior design firm in San Francisco. So when it comes to design, we listen to what Heddie has to say! She’s lived all over the world, so it’s no surprise that she started Emerald Fish, an online global style collective. “We collect beautiful design products from cultures all around the world and make them available to everyday consumers. We believe that appreciating beauty is universal, and can lead to understanding and appreciating each others’ cultures.”
The Emerald Fish team curates and features design objects and tabletop accessories from over 12 countries, including one of a kind vintage finds from Europe and Japan, and fair trade items from Africa (Uganda and Rwanda). Most enjoyable is Emerald Fish Tales, the company’s blog with commentary about design, travels, cultures, and traditions from around the world.
We asked Heddie to “go fish” and share her most recent favorite finds!
As a kid growing up in Seoul I loved these placemats. You can use it on the table or frame one as a wall hanging. I like to use it when I entertain and mix it with different table pieces from other countries. It helps start up the conversation and makes the table feel festive.
Our socially responsible baskets from Rwanda were made by women who couldn’t afford much for their family. Now, just doing their traditional crafts with local materials, they have turned into business owners. Each basket has a name of the woman who hand-made it. If a customer can hear a story and understand a culture he or she did not know about before…we are happy!
Emerald is my favorite color, and this bottle is a great start to a design collection of green glass objects. We have a variety of these on our website and I love them both as decor and as functional carafes.
I enjoy serving tea to my guests, either in the afternoon or as a dessert course after a heavy meal. This tray is so pretty you can use it to serve charcuterie, or even a roast…just put the meat in the middle and surround it with the roasted veggies. Delicious!
These trinket boxes have old world glamour, but the colors and lines still go beautifully with contemporary objects. You can fill it with your favorite hard candy and put it on your coffee table. I also use these boxes with mirrored trinket trays, just like our parents used to have.