Don Carney and John Ross target new designs

Don Carney (left) and John Ross (right) of Patch NYC.
Don Carney (left) and John Ross (right) of Patch NYC.

Don Carney and John Ross, the local jewelry makers, artists, and home goods designers who work under the moniker Patch NYC, are no strangers to collaborations with national retailers. They’ve created products for chains such as West Elm and Anthropologie. But those are fairly small projects compared to their latest endeavor. The pair will see their products sold in more than 1,700 Target stores beginning Sept. 9. The collection will also be available online ( with additional items. As part of Target’s Curiosity Shoppe program, which highlights offerings from small companies from across the country, Ross (right) and Carney have designed more than 50 home products — such as stationery, pillows, rugs, lamps, and barware — which will be sold for a limited time. In designing for Target, Carney and Ross can now boast that they’ve joined the ranks of Rodarte, Thakoon, and Zac Posen, who have all created Target capsule collections. We asked the pair to describe the inspiration behind some of the key pieces in the line.

Christopher Muther

Woodpecker figural lamp ($49.99)

“When we first moved from NYC to Cambridge, we felt like we had moved to the country because there were so many trees surrounding our house. One day when we were walking our dog, we heard a loud repetitive sound coming from above us. We looked up and saw a woodpecker on the side of a tree hard at work and making a racket. It was the first one we had ever seen up close and it looked so great in silhouette against the tree. That sighting inspired us to add woodpeckers to our repertoire of favorite animal motifs.”


Owl serving bowl ($24.99)

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“We have a bit of an obsession with bowls so we have a real variety of shapes, sizes, and patterns in our kitchen. Even with all these great bowls on our shelves, we often end up using the same few really large bowls over and over for mixing up cake batter or tossing a green salad. For this reason, we really wanted to include a large multi-purpose bowl. The double owls on the inside are a nice surprise and keep the piece from being too serious.”

Sculpted feather platter ($19.99)

“Neither one of us is particularly skilled in the culinary arts but we still enjoy entertaining and having people over for casual meals. Fortunately, we have some beautiful serving pieces to distract from our well-intentioned culinary attempts.”

Triangle toss pillow ($24.99);
wood grain toss pillow ($24.99)


“The easiest way to update a room without spending a day painting or rearranging furniture is to add some toss pillows. Decorative pillows can transform a sofa, chair or bed much like jewelry and accessories can dress up an outfit so we wanted to make sure we had a good selection of color and pattern options.”

Candelabra ($39.99);taper candles ($14.99, nine piece set)

“Candlelight is the best for creating a cozy atmosphere for entertaining so we have a great selection of vintage and new candlesticks, pillar holders and votive glasses. We thought tapers in a mix of autumn colors would make for a great centerpiece.”

Owl book ends ($24.99)

“Owls are a favorite motif of ours and we’ve been incorporating them into our designs since we first started. This particular owl that appears throughout the collection is modeled after a carved wooden inkwell that belonged to Don’s paternal grandfather and now has pride of place on our mantle at home. The owl inkwell is beautifully rendered standing atop a book and since we have loads of books throughout our house we thought it would be great to add book ends to the collection.”

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