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CHILEWICH, SANDY
CHILEWICH, SANDY
NEW YORK

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In her New York based studio, Sandy Chilewich applies her interest in color and experimentation with fibers to create her signature textile, woven vinyl. Her innovative use of yarn fuses style and sophistication to create tablemats, bags, cube ottomans and Plynyl flooring, available as floormats, w2w and tile.

Inspired by modern technologies and innovative applications of materials, her award winning products are made in the USA and sold around the world. Plynyl, a commercial grade floor surface, was developed with her husband Joe Sultan, an architect and has created a completely new category in flooring.

In 1978 she co-founded HUE, the women’s legwear company. HUE is credited with revolutionizing the legwear market with their innovations in design, packaging and merchandizing. The company was sold in 1992 with sales grossing $40 million and it is still a thriving brand in the hosiery world today.

After HUE, she created her New York City based design studio and continued developing her fascination with textiles. RayBowls, the first effort of her new studio, was introduced in November of 1997 and met with instant success. RayBowls has a simple and inventive mechanism for making fabric concave with covers made from stretch netting usually found in lingerie. RayBowls received a Mechanical and Utility patent for the process of making the fabric concave.

Chilewich has won many awards including Best New Design Award at the 1998 New York International Gift Fair; in 1999 an award from the Industrial Designers Society of America for RayBowls, and an ICFF Award for Plynyl at the 2001 International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.