Based in Brooklyn, Allison Eden Studios is one of the world’s most sought-after glass art houses.
By Gwen Donovan
With her flowing purple hair and bright graphic print dresses, it’s hard to miss accomplished mosaic tile artist Allison Eden. Her equally colorful creations appear in the homes of fashion designers, singers, and even reality television stars: the kitchen backsplash she created for Kris Kardashian is one of her most-requested orders. Known for her inimitable style, Eden uses only recycled and U.S.-made materials for her designs which grace commercial and residential spaces around the world. The nucleus of all this innovation begins at her workspace in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the eponymously-named Allison Eden Studios.
Established in 1995, the studio’s award-winning designs have been featured in hotels and casinos such as The Venetian in Macau, Canyon Ranch locations, The Wynn Hotel, The Cosmopolitan, Mohegan Sun, Kimpton Hotels, Sidra Medical Center in Qatar, Henri Bendel, Piaget, Kiehls, L’Oreal, Bergdorf Goodman, The Westin, Atlantis in the Bahamas, The Plaza Hotel, The Ritz Carlton Hotels, The Mandarin Oriental, Marriott International, Hyatt International and Baku Tower.
Signs of an artistic life were evident early in Eden’s life; she always painted and drew detailed artwork, which led her to study fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Shortly after graduating, she walked by a glass store in the garment district and was drawn inside by the vibrant colors. That last-minute impulse kick-started her future career. “I made little tile boards and promoted them as a wall covering to my fashion clients. It evolved into a teeny little studio in the garment district.” After 9/11, her husband’s job on Wall Street was on hold after his office was destroyed, so he started helping out and soon became an integral part of the business. “He is the brains of the operation,” Eden says.
Fast forward to the present-day, and it’s easy to see why Eden’s talent in glass has given her a winning reputation. She won the Best in Show, textile category, for her booth at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair held in New York’s Jacob Javits Center in May. She was also honored to exhibit at Art Basel in Miami last December, when all of her new works at Red Dot Art Fair were sold. Followers of her Instagram account are treated to a rainbow-hued scroll of cleverly-fabricated glass eye candy.
“We do art on glass, I don’t consider it tile,” Eden says. “Each piece is handcrafted. It’s all about the quality and the details and making something beautiful, not fast and cheap. Everything we make is all done by hand and it needs to be perfect.”
Leading interior designers and architects actively seek Eden out for her trendy designs which have been featured in magazines like Architectural Digest, Interior Design, Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, New York Cottages and Gardens, and Elle Decor.
Recent installations included the iconic Christmas windows at Bloomingdale’s department store in Manhattan, Eden says. “In December we had an underwater theme with a huge chandelier made in gold that moved. It won third place of all the holiday windows in New York City; I didn’t even know there was such a contest!” Eden was also featured in Bloomingdale’s Fashion Week windows, while another project showcased her work in the Christopher Kennedy Compound, the Modernism Week Show House 2017, a lively Palm Springs house tour that took place in February.
Working closely with her husband who handles the business end of things, most of the employees at Allison Eden Studios have been with her for ten years or longer. “Everyone who works here loves glass; everyone here is an artist and every project is very unique,” Eden says. “Give us a picture and we can create what you need from a photo.”
With an impressive client list that includes Elton John, Rhianna and Steve Madden, Eden is thrilled to do work she loves, adding her signature flair to wall coverings, bathrooms and art pieces. From the Toy Building in Manhattan to feature walls in hotels, a synagogue in Panama, and a subway station in Seattle, Eden’s work is as far-reaching as it is bold and colorful.
Alison Eden Custom Mosaics are available at Blackman Plumbing Supply locations in Southampton, NY and West Palm Beach, FL. Alison will be hosting an event at Blackman West Palm Beach on March 22nd to celebrate the launch of her new textile line. Visit our events page for more information!