Alison is the enterprising force behind the tzelan brand whose unique sensitivity to beautiful design and contemporary, everyday living (courtesy of her global upbringing among New York, Buenos Aires and Paris) drives tzelan’s day to day. Ever the perfectionist (and Virgo), Alison is also a fervent yogi, enjoys horseback riding, The National and clay court tennis.
Tammy’s prescient eye and passion for luxury, cultivated over decades of experience as the head matriarch of renowned design firm tonychi and associates, serves as the ideal representation of tzelan’s Platonic spirit. Mother of Alison, Andrew and Bubble, the Jack Russell Terrier, Tammy also loves food that can be defined by taste and smell, and appreciates rhythm, competitive sports and Loro Piana cashmere.
Elizabeth, a New York-based writer who covers the world of luxury in both East and West, oversees tzelan’s editorial needs. The adopted misfit of the overarching Chi-family empire, Elizabeth provides comedic relief and cool at welcome moments. She is also the founder of Liuli, and loves travel, crosswords and sweets.
As tzelan’s in-house visual designer, Gerald, a recent graduate of Parsons The New School of Design’s Communication Design program, draws from his aesthetic love for science fiction and opera. For leisure, the Bushwick transplant (by way of Connecticut) has a deep appreciation for video games and sci-fi novelist Ian Banks.
One of tzelan’s esteemed designers, Jessica is also faculty in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons the New School for Design. In her work with tzelan, Jessica takes a thoughtful approach to designing beautiful, sustainable objects that offer function and delight. She considers the design process an ongoing collaborative conversation, arriving at innovation when shared knowledge bubbles up into new discoveries.
As tzelan’s resident poet and guiding light, Robert Louey––branding guru and creative director of Robert Louey Design––brings regular intrigue and delightful insights with his whole-hearted embrace of art for business. Nostalgically New York-minded, with a base in Santa Monica, Robert is a global citizen for whom Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Neruda, Susan Sontag and H.G. Wells are among his favorite wordsmiths.
Ka Hong Jonathan Ng, a recent graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, with a B.F.A. Degree in Interior Architecture, is the latest edition to Tzelan’s team. As in-house product designer, Ng suffuses his daily study of objects with a fresh new perspective, looking at craft through theory and intimate spatial experience. Ng also loves everyday human interactions, appropriating spaces for ever-changing purposes and possesses an incurable sweet tooth.
Cooper & Graham, an emerging player in bath fixtures and products, is one of tzelan’s manufacturing collaborators that has evolved its design approach from turn-of-the-century Britain to discover and identify timeless, 21st century designs.
Milan-based Contardi, one of tzelan’s celebrated Italian manufacturing partners, produces high-quality contemporary and modern lighting with a luxury-driven repertoire that spans over thirty years and includes bespoke lighting for the world’s top architects, designers and engineers.
Oscar Maschera is a leading leather artisan based out of Pesaro, Italy. Using master technique and exquisite heritage craft, each Oscar Maschera product boasts genuine Italian leather skins tanned exclusively with vegetable extracts, and are pieced together with elegant pleats and hand stitching for one-of-a-kind effect.