2. ABOUT

Islyn (eye-lynn) is a group of thinkers, dreamers and wildly curious makers who believe experience can be an art form. With meticulous consideration to detail and an allegiance to the senses, we create the worlds we want to escape to. A full-service design studio, we make hotels, bars, retail spaces, restaurants, objects and stories that explore contemporary culture and aesthetics through a lens of immersive sensory experience.

Women-run, -owned and -operated, our ethos is one of full-body participation. Our work takes you into the world, and our spaces serve to inspire. For us, this means creating places where people’s experiences matter. Where ideas are Queen, new rituals are forged and where everything is deeply considered — from the Hinoki wood fragrance in the lobby to the shuka-shuka-shuka sound when you’re underwater in the pool, and how this reminds you of your own beating heart.

We know what love can look like and what beauty can feel like. We are always learning the joys and heights of human experience. At Islyn, we work with a throng of visionaries to bottle this lightning.

2. ABOUT

DESIGN

INTERIOR DESIGN
STRATEGY
BRAND IDENTITY
COPYWRITING
STORYTELLING

FOOD & BEVERAGE

TABLE TOP AND BAR-WARE CURATION
CUSTOM UNIFORM DESIGN
MENU DEVELOPMENT
OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES
MINI BAR PROGRAMMING

EXPERIENTIAL

FRAGRANCE DEVELOPMENT
SOUND COLLABORATION
LIVE MUSIC PROGRAMMING
DAY TO NIGHT AMBIANCE
IMMERSIVE AND ROTATING ART

CLIENTS
Kimpton Hotels
Dovetail + Co
Rhone
Sawmill Market
Dos Toros Taqueria
Buzzfeed
CAMP
Kindbody
Bond Vet
City Block
August Laura
Sawmill Market
Jenna Perry Hair
Fury's
The Grove

THE TEAM

Ashley Wilkins
Founder / Creative Director

Ashley Wilkins founded Islyn in 2017 as a way to shift design into a kinder, more meaningful place. Hailing from the poppy’d coast of Northern California, Wilkins is inspired by the spiritual power inherent in beautiful places. With a focus on curiosity, collaboration and cultural storytelling, she and her team build immersive spaces where people can feel alive again — worlds to escape to, and to long for.

With a decade of experience at a wide swath of design firms, including Ace Hotel Group, Rockwell, Avroko and Creme Design she worked with clients like, Walt Disney Imagineering, Sydell Group, Four Seasons and Buzzfeed, Ashley is well-versed in the inner workings of large-scale hospitality, retail and commercial projects. Ashley holds a BFA in Interior Design from Ringling College of Art and Design.

Frances Calosso
Interior Design Director

Frances Calosso has over 12 years of experience in interior design with a focus on custom furniture design and sourcing. Frances’s career has given her the privilege to design alongside extraordinary talent at America’s most respected hospitality firms such as Roman and Williams and the Rockwell Group.

She is passionate about custom furniture design, sourcing and curation.  The creation of a rich contextual or historical canvas is the backbone of her strongest projects. She has managed successful projects for groundbreaking operators:  Ace Atelier, Sydell Group, Gerber Group, Ian Schrager Company and Union Square Hospitality Group. During her time with WeWork as lead Product Designer, Frances developed the physical product and brand standards for their unique, community-focused coworking spaces.

Kara Pinakis
Art Director

Kara is a Branding Art Director passionate about story-driven art direction of visual identities and environments. Kara originally hails from Australia, where she garnered several years of experience in Interior Architecture, before to moving to London to practice interior design. While most Graphic Designers think in flat print terms, her background in Interior Architecture provides a rare qualification to visualize in both 2D and 3D.

Kara developed brand strategy, brand identities, brand books, exhibitions, packaging, collateral, uniforms, signage, menus, illustrations, social media strategy, photography guidelines and environmental graphics at renowned hospitality design firms Brand Bureau and Crème Design. She has developed a wide range of identities and graphics for Hotel, Retail, Food and Beverage from permanent to pop-up.

Emily Febrizio
Associate Interior Designer

Emily Febrizio is an interior designer in Brooklyn, New York. Hailing from the salt-sprayed coast of Long Island, New York, her work culls influences from the art of the natural world, small, everyday delights, and the innate nostalgia of returning home after a long trip.

Her design practice involves in-depth historical research into culture, material and color, with a focus on sustainability and functional beauty. She graduated with a BFA in Interior Design from Pratt Institute, and believes good design can lead to a wider, richer life. When she’s not working, you can find her near the ocean with her camera.

PRESS

Fast Company
9/9/2019

FastCompany 2019 Innovation by Design Awards Finalist for "The year’s most innovative designs in health and wellness" for Kindbody.

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Contract Magazine
10/1/2019

This month, Contract looks to the up-and-coming interior design firms that are quickly making names for themselves as the design wave of the future. Their energy and fresh processes make for a bright collection of work that is sure to inspire.

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Dezeen
7/19/2019

We received more than 4,500 entries from 87 different countries for the second edition of Dezeen Awards, which recognises the world's best architecture, interiors and design projects, as well as the best individuals and studios.

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Dog Milk
6/11/2019

Brooklyn’s Bond Vet teamed up with Islyn Studio to design their first office with the goal of creating a space more welcoming and less anxiety-producing for dogs and cats (and their people, tbh). We love what came of their creative process.

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HD Magazine
7/18/2019

The Sawmill Market in Albuquerque, New Mexico is slated to become the state’s first artisanal food hall upon its opening in February 2020. Located in the Sawmill District, the new urban market aims to bring a new dining experience to the city.

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Domino
9/8/2019

Bond Vet, the first-ever vet’s office in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, that is leading the pack toward friendlier design in public health spaces.

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Fast Company
9/9/2019

FastCompany 2019 Innovation by Design Awards Honorable Mention for "The most innovative North American design of 2019" for Kindbody.

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Dezeen
12/18/2019

Islyn Studio creates soothing atmosphere in Brooklyn’s Bond Vet clinic. Earthy colours and soft materials feature in this veterinary facility which is intended to ease the "stress and trauma often associated with vet's …

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Contract Magazine
4/30/2020

This week, we meet Ashley Wilkins, founder and creative director, Islyn Studio. The New York-based designer talks about how she got her start in the industry, what inspires her at work and at home, and how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the creative community.

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HD Expo
5/7/2020

Emerging Trends: Leading-Edge Concepts in Wellbeing. From clubs to hotels focusing on wellbeing, the early adopters and changemakers weigh in as wellness continues to take centerstage in design.

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HD Magazine
6/9/2020

As the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and adapt to these unprecedented times, HD is checking in with members of the hospitality industry around the globe to find out how their businesses are being impacted and what they anticipate will change down the line.

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Dezeen
5/24/2020

New York's Islyn Studio has overhauled an old lumber warehouse in Albuquerque, New Mexico and turned it into a sun-lit food hall with various spots to indulge.

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Design Milk
5/27/2020

Islyn Studio recently completed the interior design and brand identity of Sawmill Market, a contemporary food hall near Albuquerque inspired by New Mexico’s rich culture. Built within an old lumber warehouse, the food hall meticulously combines old and new to create a cultural hub true to the site’s heritage.

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Arch Daily
6/1/2020

Sawmill Market is a contemporary interpretation of an unsung New Mexico — a place synonymous with electric pink sunsets, bleached white cow skulls, pinon pine and the otherworldly landscapes immortalized by Georgia O’Keeffe and D.H. Lawrence.

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Architectural Digest
5/30/2020

The innovative 'Sawmill Market' project pays tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit of the American West and local culture through food and design. It is the New Mexico gastro contemporary laboratory.

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The Spaces
6/10/2020

Albuquerque’s Sawmill Market has taken over a sprawling timber warehouse that has been totally reimagined by Islyn Studio in the city’s former industrial heartland.

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Elle Decor
5/27/2020

Sawmill Market occupies an old warehouse with an area of ​​3716 square meters, located in the eponymous district of Albuquerque. Islyn Studios designed the food mall with its owners, Jim Long, Lauren Greene and Jason Greene.

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Contract Magazine
2/18/2020

2020 Interiors Awards Healthcare Winner: Kindbody

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HD Magazine
7/1/2020

"Its a place where you feel calm, safe and cared for in a place that makes you smile"

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Boutique Design
6/4/2020

Described as “a new food and wine revolution in New Mexico” by Islyn Studio founder and creative director Ashley Wilkins, Sawmill Market overflows with a dose of culture from the Duke City.

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