Founder, Kate Holthi -I’m Kate – I’m a native Chicagoan…brrrrr. Flew my 17 year old heart to California for school and it’s safe to say this state has captured my soul. My love of art and design goes deep, most obviously and easily traced directly to my parents’ specific aesthetic. Lake rocks stacked in nooks, driftwood piled in baskets, lots of Shaker nods and notes, books everywhere, fonts and more fonts, full and wild gardens, a deep yard, tree swings, a love of outdoor spaces and summer nights dotted with fireflies.
Most of all, what resonates in forming my aesthetic is a simplicity – a comfortable ease in finding beauty in uncomplicated forms.
I love a good hunt for the elusive and “unfindable” piece of the puzzle. I enjoy the discovery of new artists, new approaches to design, the tangible joy of collaboration. IMAGINATION. Imagination is key.
My approach to design involves layers, texture, and working with various elements to sculpt a vision or event.
You’ll often find me researching ceramicists, obsessing over all things japanese, bike riding with my sweet fam, drinking waaay to much coffee and so on. Laughing a lot is important to me.
I’ve been fortunate enough to run a successful Floral Design studio for over 14 years- which taught me in depth about growing a team and tending to your dreams. The ARK organically grew out of my love for a unified aesthetic and refined tabletop, specifically for events. As we grow and continue to slowly and carefully build our collections I hope you and I will have the chance to meet and collaborate.
Lead Client Coordinator
Los Angeles Studio Manager
Transportation and Furnishing Oversight
Quality Control Supervisor
Client Coordinator - Northern California