Rita Catinella Orrell is an author and design journalist working in New Jersey. She has been a member of the design press for over 25 years, covering interior design, home furnishings, kitchen and bath design, and architectural building products. She was products editor for Architectural Record for over 14 years and was the founding editor […]

Writing for Children

I am currently working on several picture book manuscripts and other stories for young children including a chapter book and middle grade novel. I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and was selected to be a mentee in the 2016 Rutger’s University Council in Children’s Literature One-on-One Plus Conference […]

Design Writing

Books Objects of Desire: A Showcase of Modern Erotic Products and the Creative Minds Behind Them Schiffer Publishing, 2016 The world of erotic product design is revealed in this curated showcase of over 100 beautifully crafted objects and the creative minds behind them. The latest adult toys, jewelry, and accessories from leading companies, as well […]


Notable Readings National Arts Club, New York City, 10/2006 The Phoenix Reading Series, New York City, 11/2005 Selected Publications “Sir David Attenborough, I Think I Love You,” The Hopper Magazine, March 2016 “Leaving Venice,” Sogno di Venezia, Bella Figura Publications, 2014 “Doctor’s Appointment,” Egg Poetry, June 2013 Interview with Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Architectural Record, […]