Drinks with Designers

Drinks with designers

The Newport Art Museum and DESIGNxRI invite you to join us in a collaborative design celebration as part of DESIGN WEEK RI. “Drinks with Designers” is an evening speaker series aimed at shedding light on Rhode Island’s vast reservoir of gifted designers. Come mingle in the historic Griswold House, have a drink, and be inspired by art and design in Rhode Island! We’ll spotlight two industry professionals, from two different design disciplines, who will present their work and share their inspiration.


Patti Watson

Since founding taste in 2004, Patti has quickly established a reputation both for creative and thoughtful work and for assembling a team of talented designers.  Together, they offer taste’s clients an array of capabilities and expertise beyond that of traditional design firms.

Her extensive career in creative marketing and business development established Patti’s outstanding foundation of project management and provided opportunities for global travel. It was through this experience that she realized her true passion and appreciation for international culture, art and architecture. Inspired by an eclectic mix of styles and international influences, Patti left her corporate career behind to devote her professional life to design.

Patti is a graduate of the interior design program at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She began her professional design career with The Procaccianti Group, a hotel development company, where she worked on diverse projects that ranged from high-rise to boutique hotels. Patti is an allied member of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and also holds a Bachelors Degree in Management from Johnson & Wales University.

Jeff Soderbergh

Jeff Soderbergh Custom Sustainable Furnishings is a full service design/build furnishings company. For over 25 years, Jeff has been creating award-winning custom furnishings and sculpture for both residential and commercial clients and collectors. Out of his studio based in Newport, RI, Jeff Soderbergh focuses on creating one sustainable heirloom piece at a time. Each piece is exceptionally crafted using timeless joinery, the finest hand selected reclaimed materials and family friendly finishes for years of enjoyment and easy care.

There are already enough materials in existence today that we can utilize with stunning results. Let’s start looking at sustainable options through a different lens. One that offers beautiful possibilities…

Jeff would like his work to have a thoughtful impact on the world that we all share, a nostalgic connection to our past and be beautiful.