Just over 18 months ago we met up with Ochre designer and founder Harriet Maxwell McDonald in  Soho, New York to discuss design and expatriate life over a cup of coffee at her local Le Pain Quotidien. It seems like its not all beer and skittles living in Manhattan as much as we might dream about it. With little children living an uber urban life in a built up city environment, Harriet was pining for rolling fields and trees to climb when we met - while we were pining for an edgy Manhattan lifestyle with no lawns to mow on the weekends. Grass is always greener.

Together with designers and fellow founders in Ochre, Joanna Bibby and Solenne de la Fouchardière, Harriet recognised a gap in the market for beautifully refined furniture, lighting and accessories. So in 1996 the trio started work on their own designs and built their own international brand with showrooms in New York and London.

Marrying traditional craftsmanship with modern design, Ochre 's latest collection shown at Maison Objet in January exudes a sense of discrete, sophisticated luxury. For all the design aficionados amongst you, we are sure you'll recognise the Maxwell McDonald's downtown Manhattan family apartment in some of these images below given its one of the internets most popular designer homes to share.


Harriet Maxwell's Soho Apartment with Arctic Pear Chandelier.


Zeffirelli Chair in White.


Round fumed oak table with cast bronze base.


Cloud Shades and Leather Bench.




Lancelot Wall Light in White


Celestial Pebble Pendant, Whippet Table and Caribou Chair.


Warrior Lamp.


Eternal Dreamer Modular Sofa.


Leave a Reply