Connoisseur

What Maximalist Studios’ Jaithan Kochar and Eddie Ross Can’t Live Without

The design masters share their favorite places and things.


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Jaithan Kochar and Eddie Ross. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Wayne residents Jaithan Kochar and Eddie Ross are design whizzes and co-owners of Maximalist Studios, an impressive new creative and events space in Norristown. Here, all the things they can’t live without.

Favorite Things

Most-Worn Item: “A vintage scarf from an antiques store in Collegeville that I wear as a neckerchief,” says Kochar. “It has a vintage Ralph Lauren feel.”

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The wallet Eddie Ross gifted Jaithan Kochar. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Recent Splurge: The monogrammed Goyard wallet Ross gave Kochar for Christmas: “After one too many sour cherry margaritas in New York, we went out and bought the thing.”

Prized Possession: “My grandmother’s antique chinoiserie cameo lamp,” Ross says.

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Eddie Ross’ grandmother’s antique chinoiserie cameo lamp. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Jewelry: Each wears a stack of three gold rings, including bands they exchanged early in their relationship.

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Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Advice for My Younger Self: “When the bullies at boarding school want to bring you down just because you feel like voguing — strike a pose, honey,” says Kochar.

At Home

Go-To Gadget: A polishing wheel for vintage silver. “It’s therapy,” says longtime antiquer Ross. “Like with ironing, there’s an immediate sense of gratification.”

Current Project: Restoring Edgewood Hall, their 1923 center-hall colonial in Wayne — and documenting it in House Beautiful magazine.

On My Nightstand: Ross’s grandfather’s firefighter badge: “He was a landscape designer but still volunteered. It makes me want to give back.”

On My Desk: Dixon Ticonderoga number two black pencils for Ross; “organized chaos” for Kochar.

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Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar’s dogs. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Pets: Two Pekingese, Chutney and Shiitake. “Their father won Westminster,” says Ross.

Recent Accomplishment: Ross’s collection of just-a-touch-luxe knobs, handles and barware for Addison Weeks.

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Adison Weeks knobs and handles by Eddie Ross. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Out and About

Shop: Trove General Store in Paoli. “It has a very classic New England feel,” says Kochar.

Garden: Chanticleer in Wayne.

Hair Salon: Spruce Men’s Hair Salon in Bridgeport. “It makes me feel like I’m in Passyunk,” says Ross. “Or Brooklyn.”

Bar: Five Saints Distilling in Norristown.

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Cornerstone in Wayne. Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Restaurant: Cornerstone in Wayne. “I live for their clams casino fettuccine,” says Ross.

Annual Trip: Provincetown, Massachusetts. “We ride bikes, relax, and try to buy a piece of art,” says Kochar.

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Provincetown, Massachusetts. Photograph by iStockphoto/Getty Images

Published as “Connoisseur” in the May 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.