Pearl Street

To enrich one’s experience and well being through the beauty of nature – to inspire a deeper connection with nature.

As a designer, my intent is to create beautiful, well-made, mindful products that have content and meaning.
I’ve always been a keen observer of nature and all its details – its patterns, colors, textures and forms.
As a child I spent many hours outdoors collecting rocks, shells and leaves – always searching for that rare find.

I believe our surroundings have a huge effect on our well-being. Home is where we seek comfort and rest with family.
In our outside surroundings we feel better in natural settings because of our deep affinity with nature.
Affina is about celebrating and honoring nature by trying to capture, the best that I can, her beauty and energy.
I guess I still love a discovery – and nature never ceases to amaze.

Mary Ellen Putignano, Founder

About Mary Ellen

Curious by nature, Mary Ellen has a thirst for knowledge, a wide-range of interests and a passion for observing the world around her. She started designing product in the 80’s for modern home retailer, Conrans. As a designer, she has worked in a broad range of design disciplines and product categories within both the retail and contract design markets. She is the founder of Affina's parent company, Surface, a multidisciplinary design and brand strategy collaborative whose recent client projects include curating a new home decor brand for a Fortune 500 company.

Prior to founding Surface, she was a design leader at Crate and Barrel. As the first design hire, she established the design department with V.P. Creative Director, Alessandro Franchini, and was instrumental in helping build this highly successful home brand and its sister brand, CB2. Her ethos is to create beautifully designed, purposeful and mindful products. Her work is driven by color, pattern, texture, form and a belief that our environment and experiences effect our well being. surfacecreative.com