Kelsey Keith

Design person with an editorial point-of-view


A dozen years in design media spent running Curbed, a multi-platform brand under Vox Media; working on staff at Dwell magazine; founding the editorial division of a global architecture platform called Architizer; programming a couple of design conferences; freelancing as a writer for various outlets; and producing a chart-topping podcast about failed utopias. 

Selected work:

Herman Miller: Hays at the Eames House, Don Chadwick interview, Ray Wilkes profile
Curbed: An oral history of the Sea Ranch, Part I and Part II, 10 Streets That Define America, The United States of California and Texas, Reno Diary: Prospect Heights brownstone, weekly editor’s note, all sorts of shopping guides
The Strategist: bookshelves,wedding registry, baby stuff, flatware, quilts
AIGA: Gold Medal essay on Alexander Girard

In print
Elle Decor: Eichler renovation, the new wave of California landscape design, history of the powder room
New York Times: design advice column
Artforum: Charles Pollock obit
Dwell: Jack Lenor Larsen, Yrjo Kukkapuro, Sheila Hicks, and Lucia DeRespinis profiles; house features on modern dogtrot, Greenpoint rowhouse, the “floating” farmhouse; four years’ worth of FOB reporting

Nice Try! seasons one (Utopian) and two (Interior)

Joined the early Substack wave in 2020 and recently revived my design newsletter, Ground Condition

Don Chadwick, photo by Laure Joliet for Herman Miller / Mette Hay at the Eames House, photo by Jake Stanger for Herman Miller / Land use map drawn by Lawrence Halprin / Sacramento for “Ten Streets” project, photo by Carlos Chavarria for Curbed / Curbed wedding registry shot at Ellen Van Dusen residence, photo by Winnie Au / Terremoto project in LA, photo by Caitlin Atkinson via Elle Decor / Longhouse Reserve, photo by Jon Snyder for Dwell / Floating Farmhouse, photo by Mark Mahaney for Dwell /  Cover art for S1E6 of “Nice Try!” podcast, designed by Alyssa Nassner / Photo grid from Substack newsletter