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Welcome to Open Studio, a Racked feature where we explore the workspaces and showrooms of some of the city's most talented, up-and-coming designers.

Catherine Alexander traded in the world of film and TV producing for jewelry design, and handcrafts all of the pieces for her brand Stanmore straight out of her apartment. "My studio is in my house which can be a blessing and a curse. While you can't beat the commute, it's hard to 'leave your work at the office' when you're office is down the hall. I feel guilty when I turn on a movie after dinner because I know I could just as easily be working."

Her collections center around stones like opal, turquoise, and quartz that are accented and structured with metals like sterling silver and 14k gold. Highlights from her most recent collection are in the gallery below, but Alexander's keeping quiet about what's next. "I'm so excited about my spring/summer 2015 line I can't even stand it. It has to do with confetti and the ocean and that's all I'll say.

Her studio space is dotted with leafy plants and succulents, photos (including a framed photo of Hugh Grant in Love, Actually and family portrait from the late '80s), and vivid color swatches and fashion editorials. There's also a Ryan Gosling calendar that's serving more than one function.

· Stanmore [Official Site]
· All Open Studio Posts [Racked NY]