emma gardner


Award-winning designer Emma Gardner, principal at emma gardner design, has been creating striking and vibrant rugs for consumers, interior designers and architects since 2002. After a successful career as an editor and illustrator, she has applied her celebrated sense of color and composition to creating original rugs, available directly to interior designers and clients anywhere in the world. This past year she launched a large collection of sustainably produced, hand-made cement tiles for residential and hospitality use with Granada Tile.
Her designs have appeared in leading design and fashion magazines including Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home, Elle, Glamour, Dwell, Luxe Magazine, House Beautiful, Cover, California Home + Design and The New York Times.
Gardner has received Interior Design magazine's Best of Year, IIDEX/Neocon Innovation and Neocon Gold Awards for her rug and fabric designs. Her work adorns hotels and homes the world over, as well as premier health care facilities, including the Mayo Clinic.
Prior to her career as a designer, Emma Gardner was the Editor-in-Chief of PHYS.COM, Condé Nast's online Health and Fitness magazine, served as Managing Editor of Better Health and Producer of the Food Channel for publicly traded iVillage.com and in 1996, she founded, designed and edited her own "e-zine" for young women, Smarty-Pants.
Gardner's handmade book, Man of the House, was exhibited at Parson's Gimbell Library as part of a group show and she has created cover art and illustrations for numerous publishers and publications including Villard Books, Random House, Scholastic Inc., and The New York Times.
Her early education was at public schools, including New York's Stuyvesant High School. After earning a B.A. from Wesleyan University she did graduate work at Columbia University in English Literature. Additionally, she studied textile design at F.I.T. and painting and drawing at Cooper Union in New York.
Gardner was born in Kyoto, grew up in Brooklyn and Westport, CT, before moving to New York City at eleven. She currently lives and works in Petaluma, CA with her husband, who is president of the company, and their daughter and son.
She pursues fine art when she has time, recently appearing in a group show, NeuePolitic.