The unique collaboration of designers Cecilia Berber-Thayer and Sarah Kammlah brings a new innovative phase to the Carol Hicks Bolton collection. The refreshing pairing of Berber-Thayer's sophisticated design sense and Kammlah's keen eye for fashion detailing delivers a new phase to home furnishings. While retaining the collection's original affinity for beautiful, antique elements and richly unusual fabrics, they merge a more contemporary aesthetic into the compositions adding a new dimension to its already rich palette.
Cecilia Berber-Thayer grew up in Mexico, the U.S. and Belgium. Fluent in English, Spanish, French and conversant in Italian, she maintains ties with and draws inspiration from an international history of design. After graduating with a double major in International Studies and French, she went to work for Minton-Corley in Fort Worth, Texas, where she spent ten years as Joe Minton's personal design assistant. Several projects, to which she made significant contributions, were later featured in Veranda, Southern Accents and Architectural Digest. After moving with her family to Fredericksburg, Texas in 1993, she worked in collaboration with Carol Bolton on various projects most notably overseeing and giving aesthetic direction to the original restoration of the burned out Havana Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. A number of her design projects, during this period, appeared in magazines such as Bed and Bath and Coastal Living, as well as a number of design books. This led to not only residential and commercial design projects, but also to the evolution of a unique rug line for Kalaty, for which she is now solely responsible and her 13 year involvement with the furniture collection and current status as one of its co-designers. Licensed as an Interior Designer in Texas for over twenty years, she continues to serve a national and international client base.
Sarah Kammlah- A young maverick designer steeped and inspired by her California roots, has stepped out and set the tone for out-of-the-box inspiration in today's furniture marketplace. A design student by day, Sarah immersed herself at night in the subculture of Southern California's music and fashion scene. At a pivotal crossroad between pursuing a career in the music industry or continuing her passion for interior design, Sarah planted roots in central Texas. An obsessive collector of vintage ephemera with an equally obsessive eye for detail, she landed a design position under her mentor Carol Bolton in Fredericksburg, Texas. Encouraged to embrace her unique style of design, she collaborated with Carol for 13 years on the Carol Hicks Bolton furniture line, as well as other design projects. In 2008 she and Cecilia Berber- Thayer joined forces to design the Carol Hicks Bolton collection on their own. Sarah's fashion forward and often edgy aesthetics were pivotal in inspiring her fashion infused detailing in this new line. Her unique and diverse designs synthesize a multitude of influences ranging from skate punk and fashion runway, to Southern California surf culture and vintage Hollywood glamour. True to her design vision, Sarah's home interiors showcasing her unique style sense and love of mid-century have been featured in several home furnishings publications and on HGTV.