About our Founder
I’ve always been transfixed by the amount of time and skill it takes to create a finely crafted object, as few and far between as they may be these days. That’s why after a move from NYC to London in 2012, finding myself in the heart of Old World European craft, I realized I needed a way to share my passionate love of craftsmanship and travel, tabletop and artisanry, tile work and textiles, by paying homage to these amazing artisans, craftsmen and designers, and the lifestyle they enhance. Handmade is the best made. Growing up in a generation of Ikea, MTV, and lots of plastic, I have long wondered why my generation did not see the same value in a rare piece of porcelain or a finely stitched leather attaché.
We’re always looking for the next best thing. Well maybe the next best thing has actually been that thing that’s been there all along.
Founder & Editor-in-chief
Tanya Zaben launched Interior Monologue in New York City as a website devoted to culling through the masses and picking out the absolute best of the best in handcrafted and artisan made goods. With a background as a Creative Director for high-end brands, Tanya knows luxury, but found that she was much more interested in looking past the luxury to find out what really makes something ‘the best,’ highlighting the craft and artistry in anything she sees. Having traveled extensively, and lived all over the world – from NYC to London, Munich to Johannesburg – Tanya was inspired to turn her passion for digging up the best of the best into a platform for telling the stories of her most highly admired designers, makers and artisans.
Interior Monologue will reach new heights in the coming year to include the launch of an e-commerce shop, which will be offered right here on the website along featuring Tanya’s absolute favorite artisan ‘must-haves’ that she’s discovered along her journey.
Tanya is committed to bringing her dedicated readers the best of the best; believing as always that “Handmade is the best made.” This means that everything found on Interior Monologue has been vetted and given the seal of approval. Our mission is quality over quantity, and hope you enjoy exploring Tanya’s interior monologue through these findings!