Grown-up games meet lively decor at Fredericks & Mae, a brand that delivers considered pieces emerging from a tumult of color and texture. The collections are an assortment of organized chaos – a narrative of brights and bolds anchored by a singularly maverick vibe.
It’s difficult to imagine the co-founders of Fredericks & Mae – Oberlin buds Gabe Fredericks Cohen and Jolie Mae Signorile – sitting down and approaching the formation of their then-burgeoning company as a business decision that sprung out of pragmatic necessity. Instead, you get the feeling that it’s the tactile result of energy being burned off: each piece is almost too smart for its own good, referencing rituals, anthropology and the nexus of fun and form. There’s no doubt for a second that their bond was built over textiles and textures, not textbooks.
Nor does it end as the business day punches out. The pair have also attracted double-takes thanks to another project: gutting a houseboat that’s now parked at the Rockaways in Queens, New York. With six other friends, they pooled their funds to nab the houseboat (an obnoxious party vessel in one of its former lives), remodeling it and kitting it out with furniture from Craigslist – and, of course, Fredericks & Mae’s own games and knickknacks. There’s a lesson in here somewhere, and we’re pretty sure it has something to do with following your dreams.
Maybe you don’t have a houseboat. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with beige walls and Monopoly.
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