We are thrilled to announce that the METROCON17 Keynote Address will be delivered by Sandy Chilewich and Joe Sultan, partners in life, work, and innovation, and the dynamic duo behind the global company Chilewich | Sultan LLC. Acting as Creative Director and CEO, respectively, Sandy and Joe oversee the design, manufacturing and distribution of a wide range of products sold through various distribution channels around the world under the Chilewich brand.
After co-founding, building and eventually selling the successful legware company HUE®, Sandy founded Chilewich LLC. She saw early success with her RayBowl® when the MoMA Design Store began selling it in 1997. After her original creations were granted utility patents and won numerous awards, in 2000 her studio team started a transformative textile revolution when they began designing and producing products with their exclusive, proprietary textiles.
That same year, Joe, an architect focusing on housing and community facilities, moved his practice into the same walk-up NYC townhouse as Sandy’s studio, and proximity bred collaboration. While she was producing woven placemats, table runners, floormats and totes utilizing extruded yarns, Joe became interested in their potential use as wall-to-wall flooring. As an architect, he realized just how perfect it would be for the contract market.
Joe quickly began developing a cushion that could be bonded to the fabrics and made suitable for commercial use. In 2001 Joe and Sandy launched their first line of w2w and tile flooring called “Plynyl.” Over the next three years, Joe split his time between Chilewich and his architecture firm, but became increasingly invested in Chilewich, with all of its products and operations. In 2004, Joe sold his practice and joined Chilewich LLC full time; hence the name change to Chilewich | Sultan LLC to reflect their emergent business partnership.
Sandy and Joe have created a global brand recognized for exquisitely beautiful, high performance products - which now include wallcovering, upholstery, and window coverings - made almost exclusively in the U.S.A. Together, they touch and influence spaces where the world dines, works, shops, heals, and lives.
At METROCON17, the entrepreneurial couple will inspire the audience with details of their company’s evolution, as well as their involvement with Be Original Americas, the non-profit committed to informing, educating and influencing manufacturers, design professionals and individuals on the economic, ethical, and environmental value of authentic design while preserving and investing in its future.