Our Story – The Team
Natalie and Greg Randall opened R.T. Facts in the old Town Hall of Kent, CT in 1992. Since then we’ve been a hidden secret for designers and decorators alike, crowned the boldest antique shop in Litchfield County. There’s a dynamic group of designer and artists creating our pieces, and keeping our playful and eccentric demeanor alive…
Greg, Owner, Buyer, Designer
You walk in the door at 10am and and hear whistling and shuffling. It’s Greg. Ripped jeans, stained shirt. He’s arranging the shop with the new finds of the day. Greg never stops. Day after day the truck door rolls up and there are delicious new finds spilling out. When he’s finished he’ll retreat to the workshop to work on new tables being made for retail stores, restaurants and private residences. Seven days a week he is on the go. Many nights After work he finds himself making a house call . A glass of wine and consult with an individual known for his aesthetic or a powwow and installation in the garden of a celebrated designer.
What’s on his bedside table? Sketchbooks full of design ideas, stacks of classical art and architecture books, dog-eared shelter magazines, 5 pairs of cobbled-together broken reading glasses and a Jeff Jacobson lamp.
Greg spent his childhood living and working in fine English Antique shops in Washington D.C. and Madison Avenue. Proportion and scale are part of his fiber. His formal education was in architecture, sculpture and art history at Syracuse University. He and Natalie started their business in their 20’s in Manhattan at t he 26th St flea market. They had a following but the elements were cruel and the rents were high. They made a brazen move and purchased the old town hall in Kent, CT to make a shop. If they built it, would they come? They did. And they still do.
The merchandise is more refined and the display more sophisticated than it was on 26th St but Greg is still wearing the same clothes. And whistling while he works.
Meet Natalie. She is sitting by the phone, writing viciously in handwriting that is a gorgeous mix of traditional cursive and modern capital letters. She is answering consecutive calls from separate clients who want her to be a part of their private think tanks. And she’s good at it.
Before R.T. Facts, she studied Fashion Design at Syracuse University and Saint Martins School of Art in London, which paved the way to becoming a designer and product manager for 6 years in New York City. Now, just outside of the city in rural Connecticut, she has extended this expertise. Being the ultimate brainstormer and constant creator she is, Natalie stands in her newly renovated studio and envisions the light fixture she is yet to make. Her arms dance through the air, describing how it will skate across the table in a way that will allow for practicality as well as beauty.
A lifetime colorist, she is passionate about design and quality. You may see Natalie pulling great bronze details from a shelf to use as finials or fragments from an industrial building to construct a series of tables for a restaurant. Her index finger goes into the air and she races to the basement with Willa, her shadow-dog, trotting behind her and shortly emerges with an amazingly weathered marble baluster. There are twenty-two and these will be the perfect supports for the counter of a clothing store she is outfitting. She will draw up the plan. Even better, she’ll do it in between phone calls and throwing the ball for the dog now sleeping under her desk.
Natalie, Owner, Buyer, Designer
Brendan has been influenced by furniture and early American design since he first began creating, and if you’ve stopped in our shop you’ve probably heard him share a sentiment on Shaker aesthetic. A graduate of Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, he has shown work in the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan, and New York State Museum in Albany, NY among others. Since Brendan joined us in 2011, he has had a hand at doing a bit of everything, from building our Axe tables with locally recollected wood to adding the finishing touches to our mirrors and one of a kind finds. When he’s not working at our shop you’ll still find him sketching tables and chairs, or crafting one of a kind goblets.
Brendan, Carpenter and Finishing Touch Master
Charlotte, Logistics Coordinator
Strong, positive, funny, smart, and more organized than your average logistics coordinator, Charlotte approaches every project with a clear-headed manner and a devilish twinkle in her eye. Whenever things get overwhelming with the multitude of projects, Charlotte says, “just lean more on me, I’ve got your back.” She has tamed the trucking, parts-ordering, and glass- and stone-cutting operations.
Charlotte graduated summa cum laude from Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Arts in World Languages and Cultures. Having grown up with Natalie and Greg and been around R.T. Facts as a kid, it was only too perfect for Charlotte to join the team. With a keen mind for details and an elephant-like memory, she brings the kind of organizational expertise that is very much needed in a group full of creative minds.
Charlotte is a passionate foodie and spends her free time (and her family and friends’ free time) playing chemist in the kitchen. Culinary wizardry occurs in the shadow of Charlotte’s windowsill garden where a tangle of seedlings and avocado trees (nurtured from pits) reach for the sun.
Have a question for Charlotte? You can always reach her here at email@example.com.
Alexandra, Assistant Designer & PR Director
Alexandra started her design career with us as our assistant and shop girl at the age of 17. Inspired by her time at the shop, and interest in aesthetics & history, she pursued a degree at New York School of Interior Design. After graduating with her BFA, she worked as an assistant designer in Manhattan for an AD Top 100 Firm. Hearing the call of the country, she missed getting her hands dirty in a bucolic setting, and returned to the shop in a more creative role. With a natural eye for design and a visual mind, Alexandra’s understanding of the RT Fact’s aesthetic make her our ideal Marketing and PR girl.
Beyond marketing & PR, she is still here to greet you on Saturdays. She will passionately share the details of the creative process & intentions behind our custom designs, or the provenance behind our finds.
Alexandra is a dog enthusiast, and when she isn’t here with the shop pup, she can be found hiking with her dog Luna. On rainy days she’ll be in her home studio stitching large scale embroideries, or with her nose in a Classic Russian Novel (which may be her second or third translation of a favorite).
John, Metal Craftsman
Close your eyes and think of our shop in summer…. you will probably envision a monumental armillary sphere out front. As you walk out back, you will see another one in the garden, sitting gracefully atop a stone column. These are the creations of John, one of our makers from the inception. You may have seen him around our shop, discussing the dimensions for a metal table base and new design ideas with Greg. John is our metal fabricator with the soul of a sculptor and he brings more to the shop than just his pieces. He brings enthusiasm, optimism and commitment to detail. “Classic” RT Facts designs have been fabricated by John for years, and every new project with John is one that will last for years.
You will find Jennifer in our 7,000 square foot galley space. She’s the smile and welcoming voice you encounter when you walk in the door. Wearing western boots and Native American jewelry, she is right at home in the unique, eclectic mix that is RT Facts.Trained in classical ballet, graphic design and photography Jennifer is artistically well-rounded. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Western Connecticut State University (translation: smart and detail-oriented) .
Jennifer keeps everything running smoothly in the gallery. She provides the organization and much of the behind-the-scenes details on the website. It is this left brain/right brain balance that makes us feel confident when project deadlines are looming and truckers are showing up for pickups! She’s got this.
When not at the gallery, you can find her cheering her daughter on at dance competitions, stopping traffic for wildlife, or simply enjoying a glass of homemade wine with a purring cat in her lap.
Jennifer, Gallery Manager
Eileen, Production Assistant
Eileen is thrilled to join the RT Facts team and feels that she has finally found a perfect match for her technical background and love of design. Eileen was exposed to furniture design and inspired by her mother Patricia who held a long time position with ICF/ Unika Vaev Design Solutions. Graduating from UVA with a BFA, she first started working at Tallix Art Foundry in Beacon, NY. It was here that she catered the works of some of NYC’s finest artists. She then moved into the production of commercial prototypes and finally into technical engineering and design as a Product Engineer for Presray Corp in Wassaic, NY. Perhaps in reaction to a little too much ying; Eileen ran away and joined a band in upstate NY for two years, later to return and be rewarded by good fortune with a job at RT Facts where beautiful designs and functionality blend fabulously.
That quantum streak you see in the workshop, that’s Paul. Whatever he’s listening to on those earbuds… we want some of that. Born and Raised in Kent, Paul is a carpenter by trade & a skilled and detail-oriented handyman by choice. His natural maker’s tendencies & sense of adventure have lead him to work for design teams on both coast. He worked at RT Facts in his youth before deciding he wanted to go west. After 7 years of working & living in Los Angeles, he returned to Kent and asked to come back into the fold. We rolled out the red carpet. We are thrilled to have him back. Though he looks like a surfer, he’s a New Englander at heart. Paul is an avid boulder & rock wall climber (which comes in handy when it’s time to take down a chandelier). He prefers to row instead of run; hike instead of swim….though you will be hard pressed to get him out of the river if the sun is shining.