We had the good fortune of connecting with Marissa Geoffroy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marissa, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Sherle Wagner International is a family company, and its success is important to me on both a professional and personal level. My grandparents founded the company over 75 years ago, and through their hard work and creative vision they established the brand as the premier source of bath fittings, bath fixtures, and hardware. Every decision I make as Creative Director of Sherle Wagner International is informed by the desire to continue their legacy and do right by their vision. It is that passion, commitment, and uncompromising standard of quality that enables the company’s continued success. Sherle Wagner manufactures in the US, at our own dedicated factory. By exercising complete control over a product from design conception to completion, we are able to maintain an unmatched degree of quality. Our factory utilizes the most cutting edge technology, while also preserving old-world techniques. For some processes there is no substitute for the human hand – our skilled artisans hand plate, hand chase, hand paint, and so on. The making of each object is an artistic endeavor.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In addition to serving as Creative Director for Sherle Wagner International, I am a practicing fine artist. I am lucky that my work for Sherle Wagner enables me to think creatively, and to apply my artistic sensibilities. When not working in my capacity as Creative Director, I am often in the studio, working in photography, painting, or sculpture. My art is informed by spaces and architecture, and by the philosophical implications of human perception. In addition to my own practice, I am a founding member of Borderline Art Collective, which aims to support other artists, provide a venue for discourse, and expand art appreciation. I am endlessly grateful to be working in art and in design. It is such a natural fit for me, but it took a while for me to arrive here. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in Philosophy, I went to NYU School of Law, and then practiced as a healthcare attorney in New York for a few years. The pull of the creative world was strong though, and eventually I moved to San Francisco and attended California College of the Arts, obtaining an MFA in Fine Art with a focus on painting and photography. It was during that time that I started contributing to Sherle Wagner.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Sherle Wagner’s Dallas showroom is located in the Design District, and it is always fun to start there and then explore the area, taking in the different ways that the design community is creating and innovating. Dallas is also a wonderful place to experience fine art. It is home to some fantastic art institutions, and has a vibrant artistic community. I definitely recommend a visit to the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as the Dallas Contemporary, and the African American Museum. And the Nasher Sculpture Center is fantastic.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Firstly, I want to recognize the contributions to Sherle Wagner International made by our amazing artisans and craftspeople at our factory. Their skill and effort and care yields the beautiful pieces that we offer. Secondly, I want to mention my grandmother, Rose Wagner, who founded the company with my grandfather over 75 years ago. We just celebrated her 102nd birthday, and she remains an elegant, incredible human being and a source of great inspiration.