The People

From TV shows to dinnerware lines, these individuals are doing big things.

Ross Sveback

It started with a cup and turned into a line of English-made faux bois dinnerware that’s been featured everywhere from Traditional Home to most recently Architectural Digest. Now it seems Ross Sveback is building an empire. He designs, he bakes, he needlepoints, he sews, and he makes soap. Lots of soap, hand-cut with rough edges. “It’s indicative of my brand; it doesn’t have to be perfect,” Sveback says. A one-man team, Sveback does all his designing, press, and interfacing, relying on his 17-year-old daughter for advice. “I’m colorblind and had just finished needlepointing my first pillow and was so excited to show her and she said, ‘You made a green carrot, Dad!’” Relying on a lot of trial and error, he seeks out vintage patterns to create intricate designs on the pillows and despite the challenge, loves color. Even the faux bois is getting a boost this season with new colors beyond the chocolate, including Hermès orange, Spode blue, and a green gray, which will be sold on his website in addition to at Bergdorf Goodman. Currently his soaps and home accessories are available locally at shops including Anthropologie, Martha O’Hara Interiors, Grace Hill, and martinpatrick3. We can’t help but wonder, what’s next, Mr. Sveback?

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