One to Know: Marissa Frandsen of Mia Malcolm Studio
My “One to Know” series would not be complete without featuring someone near and dear to my heart. Marissa Frandsen of Mia Malcolm Studio has been a huge inspiration to me since our paths crossed a few years ago. An artist, furniture designer, interior designer, entrepreneur and mom, her talents are endless. And to top it off, she is beautiful inside and out.
Mia’s path was most likely predetermined. Growing up in Lake Tahoe, California, her mother was an interior designer and her father a contractor. She grew up seeing the home building process from start to finish. Mia began her interior design career in California and was featured on The Design Network. She started to explore art when she began gifting her clients artwork when she completed their design project. The reception to her art was overwhelming. And when the demands of motherhood took hold in Mia’s life, the ability to step away from the fast-paced world of interior design and concentrate on creating art was a blessing. As her craft grew, so did her demand for her art.
Mia’s family moved to North Carolina a few years ago and that is when our paths crossed. I was working on a large model home project and I needed artwork for the home. I showed Mia the fabric story and she created the art pieces. She immediately nailed the color palette. It was Mia’s background in interior design that gave her the ability to do that. She knows and understands color so well. Mia’s passion for art and the design process is contagious. And her encouragement for my own work has been invaluable.
Mia’s original art pieces are available at Huff Harrington in Atlanta, to the design trade at Karen Saks in Charlotte, N.C., and also via her own website. If an original art piece is not in your budget, a select few of her pieces are available as giclée art prints at Anthropologie and Ballard Designs.