Up-and-coming furniture designer Mark Grattan has had a prolific year. After launching his sumptuously-crafted breakout VIDIVIXI collection with New York gallery The Future Perfect in summer 2020, the polymath talent went on to win the Ellen’s Next Great Designer competition show that autumn, and soon after joined Solange Knowles’s multidisciplinary creative platform Saint Heron as a design consultant. This string of successes has propelled the Pratt Institute-trained, Mexico City-based designer to the next level, allowing him to both perfect his unabashedly eclectic yet cohesive design aesthetic and evaluate his next moves. We caught up with the rising star in New York in late spring, just after the final episode of the show aired, and Grattan was announced the winner of the $100 thousand prize. It had also just been revealed that he would be designing a dedicated furniture line for mainstay television host Ellen DeGeneres.