Judy White’s passion for design comes from a love of exploring and adventure. Whether she’s working on bedding, tableware, lighting, textiles or travel accessories, she’s driven by the discovery of solutions that lead to the realization of new products. Based in New York, White has international design experience in all aspects of home furnishings. She trained as an industrial designer, studied the fine arts and has an expertise in art history, but the greatest gift to her career was the time she spent working as a product designer in Japan. Surrounded by a culture “where a refined aesthetic and great design are exhibited in all aspects of everyday life was a defining point in my career,” explains the designer.
When White returned to the United States, she was hired by Calvin Klein to be the creative force behind the brand’s modern luxury dinnerware and giftware collection. After a decade of successfully building that business, she became the head designer for the Hotel Collection, one of the most successful bedding and bath lines for Bloomingdales and Macy’s. Even spare white china becomes something special in the hands of Judy White, whose collection for Nikko’s is used at upscale hotels and restaurants worldwide.
In creating bedding for Design Within Reach, White was inspired by the Case Study Houses. “The DNA of DWR is rooted in midcentury design, a period of optimism as evidenced by its vibrancy, boldness and confidence in design to create a new world,” she says. “I like to think we’re continuing that legacy.” Her bedding for DWR has been featured in The New York Times, adding to the extensive recognition her work has received, including honors in Architectural Digest and Metropolitan Home Design 100.