LOVE ARCADIA HOME
Artisan Craftsmanship | Sustainable Materials | Heirloom Treasures
From hand-felted wool Christmas decorations to stunning hand-painted decorative boxes and trays, to charmingly hand-knit dogs, our hope is that with Arcadia Home, you discover the heirloom pieces that you'll love to love and join us in our celebration of beautiful craftsmanship, a beautiful impact, and your beautiful home. The artisans we work with are experts in their craft – creating the heirlooms of tomorrow – and our materials are sourced sustainably. In our partnership with fabulous artisan groups from around the world, Arcadia Home seeks to preserve heritage artforms, promote fair-trade business practices, and provide our customers with heirloom quality, ecologically-mindful, and socially-conscious designs for decorating your home.
Captivated by the one-of-a-kind nature of the artisan goods she encountered in her travels, Dawn Kikel founded Arcadia Home to offer a contemporary take on the highest quality traditional craftsmanship. Designed in Brooklyn, New York, and handcrafted by artisans, mostly in India and Peru, Arcadia Home designs fit into the modern curated home that seeks to buy less ephemeral decor. The hand of traditional makers ensures that each Arcadia Home piece is uniquely special, and made to last. We hope you will hand down your Arcadia Home treasures to future generations. In short, our designs are made to inspire timeless joy.
The idea for Arcadia Home began with Dawn’s search for tasteful Christmas décor that would enhance rather than detract from her carefully curated NYC home. After an unfruitful search, she decided to create the designs she wished she could find. Barneys New York- the iconic luxury retailer - became Arcadia Home’s first customer. Bergdorf Goodman followed soon after and the new company was off to a fast start. The company has continued in its passionate promotion of craft and handmade design ever since. Hundreds of fine retailers around the world have carried our line of artisan home décor as we expanded from hand-beaded silk Christmas decorations to hand-loomed textiles to wonderful hand-painted boxes and trays.
We are committed to preserving our beautiful planet, and to celebrating the finely-honed craftsmanship of our artisans and empowering them with opportunity to flourish. To these ends, we are proud to be members of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise and the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Through our memberships, we join our efforts with those of other dedicated enterprises who believe in a better way of doing business.
Through our participation in Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, we are aligning Arcadia Home with the Alliance's central missions: To preserve traditional artforms and techniques; to provide steady employment for artisans around the world (with an emphasis on women); and to foster economically viable conditions for the practice of craft.
In 2018, the Sustainable Furnishings Council awarded Arcadia Home the “Global Goodness Award” in recognition of our commitment to social responsibility, sustainability and corporate good citizenship.
HONORED TO BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Arcadia Home was commissioned to create decorations for the Obama family’s first Christmas in the White House private residence. We created three heirloom tree skirts for the First Family to enjoy, as well as stockings for the First Dog, Bo, and later on, for their new puppy Sunny. This wonderful hand-beaded Christmas tree skirt is one of the designs we made for them. The natural silk fabric and beads made of recycled glass makes it an eco-friendly heirloom that we hope the family enjoys for years to come.
Words From The Founder
“Since childhood, I've had a love of design and decorative objects. In my travels for fun and business --from Bali to Uzbekistan-- I always made time to seek out special artisan textiles and handmade objects in local markets. When I took a break from my work in the internet start-up world, I began to think more seriously about creating the designs I wished I could find. So off I went to India to meet with an artisan group who worked with one of the only looms in existence that could execute an idea I had for luxuriously large textiles. While there, I was inspired to create some simple hand-beaded silk Christmas decorations to decorate my home for the holidays. I didn’t set out to sell these decorations, but a friend serendipitously requested that I display them at a design trade show - despite the fact that I wasn't planning to officially launch until the next year. Two hours into the show, four lovely women stopped to chat about my designs… and that is how Barneys New York became my first customer! It was thrilling to be recognized by my favorite store. That first year, I was in the Barneys catalog, and Bergdorf Goodman placed an order and installed my designs in their Christmas window right next to Van Cleef & Arpels. It was an amazing start. Since then, Arcadia Home has grown from just a few Christmas designs to incorporate many incredible methods and products made by the most talented artisans I can find. It continues to be an honor to work with these artisans, and to see Arcadia Home designs find homes with our wonderful customers.”
Dawn Kikel, Founder & CEO