Helmed by husband-and-wife team Benny Aziz and Stephanie Cohen, Benjamin Rugs and Furniture supplies home decorators with modern and classic furnishings. The two-level showroom, laid out by Stephanie who is also an interior designer, encapsulates a wide range of styles, from dignified, conservative pieces of dark varnished wood to tradition-bucking designs that use translucent material and geometric shapes.
Treehouse Sound helps amateur and professional musicians to unleash their creative vision with recording, video, and web services. The 4,000 square-foot state-of-the-art multimedia studio, which has captured the sounds of previous clients such as Gym Class Heroes, The Gaslight Anthem, and Run-DMC, brims with enough gadgetry to make RoboCop swoon. The long list of equipment includes a Pro Tools HD2 system with Waves Mercury plug-ins, microphones including a Neumann U87 and a Shure SM7, and preamps from Neve and Focusrite. Musicians abandon homemade cardboard-box drums and tinfoil guitars for the studio’s high-end instruments, among them Gibson guitars, Slingerland and Tama drums, Ampeg and Fender amps, and an Allan Lawrence upright piano. Knowledgeable staffers can also help to polish albums with arranging, mixing, and mastering services and also dabble in video production and personalized web design.
Though she dedicated herself to fine photography for years, exhibiting black-and-white collections in New York and Paris, Tiziana DiTullio felt an emptiness at the center of her work. Despite the artistry of her photos, Tiziana felt that she wasn't giving full expression to her passion for photography or making the contribution to society that she so desired. This all changed in 2005, when a nonprofit invited Tiziana to Brazil's Jequitinhonha Valley to take pictures of the people living there, igniting a newfound passion in her for photographing families and children. Since then, DiTullio has specialized in beautifully composed shots of newborn babies, pregnant mothers, and smiling families, immortalizing happy moments on film for posterity and the people who walk through strangers' living rooms.
Fiorella Image Studio understands that each moment is fleeting, but not when a camera is present. Their photographers apply expertise in composition, lighting, and angles toward capturing those moments for preservation during portrait sessions for families and kids. With the same elegance, they also shoot engagement sessions and weddings.
After more than 10 years in the business, Daniel Coyle has developed a photojournalistic, editorial, and documentary style of photography. He uses his camera to tell real stories, traveling to weddings to capture the smiling faces of newlyweds and their families. In addition to these intimate affairs, Mr. Coyle regularly snaps photos at public and corporate events. This eye for detail has earned him features in Modern Bride and Martha Stewart Weddings, among other international publications.
After apprenticing with master framers in Yorkshire and London, Heba Elbanna opened Tresorie, where she designs custom frames that archive cherished memories and reflect her clients' unique tastes. Drawing on nine years of French matting experience, she carefully applies transparent watercolor washes and hand-inked lines around matted works of art. This technique, which first arose in the late 18th century, was nearly quelled by the Industrial Revolution, a time of great societal change when the rise of precise machinery made hands obsolete. Fortunately, 20th-century artists revived the French matting technique, and today Heba often incorporates the classic designs into the framing of modern art pieces as well as contemporary photographs.
When she isn't painting delicate lines, Heba and her staff source frames from Larsen-Juhl and Roma Moulding, which come in styles ranging from slim and minimalistic to wide and ornate. Staffers can protect photographs and prints with simple, clear glass as well as museum quality, UV-resistant glass that reduces glare from grouchy portraits. In addition to cutting single, double, and multi-windowed mats, Heba also displays three-dimensional pieces—such as antique pipes and fans—inside specially designed frames. Customers can view Heba's handiwork on her online gallery and peruse samples of her French matting.