This weekend, I indulged myself in recaps and images coming out of New York Fashion Week. A creative myself, I love seeing how trends have evolved. However, aside from my personal wardrobe, some of these collections have also inspired my work in furniture design.
Flipping through the pages of some of my favorite magazines a little while back, I came across an ad for Louis Vuitton featuring its classic trunks. They represented the era when travel was glamorous. It was functional, but it was also art.
In the close up shots, the superior quality of the Louis Vuitton brand really resonated with me. Even the company’s earliest designs live on both style-wise and in their ability to hold up physically. Perhaps what’s most timeless about Louis Vuitton and other iconic designer labels are the details. Tiny touches make each piece all that more luxe, more special.
This image compelled me to translate high fashion qualities into my furniture designs, as most seen in the Salon and Miami Nice collections in collaboration with Tomlinson, as well as my Hide & Seek line. By now, it’s no secret that acrylic was my base source of inspiration, but I wanted to take these pieces to another level.
The influence is most visible in the New School Game Table under the Tomlinson line. The corners and feet are capped with leather and silver nail heads, while the frame remains open and light to give the vintage trunk effect without the heaviness.
I also incorporated a lot of leather straps. The Collins Chair in collaboration with Tomlinson is a clean-lined white linen armchair. However, brown leather straps secured by leather buttons wrap about the bottom to provide a sophisticated edge. A touch of metal is found where the two straps are joined with a silver ring. Similarly, the Ocean Drive chair and sofa are seemingly simple at first glance, but a glimpse around the back reveals subtle white leather straps anchoring the bolster cushion to its frame.
This theme continues into my Hide & Seek collection. The All Curves Bench, Manhattan Barstool, and statement Player’s Chair feature hair-on-hide cushions and acrylic bases joined by “belts” of stitched leather straps and chrome buckles or dowels inserted into leather fasteners. On the Manhattan Barstool, the strap insert doubles as a handle for easy maneuvering.
Finally, I love to think of my pieces as “jewelry for the home.” So,I played with metal “cuffs” to encase the plush seating base of my Lucy Chair. Similarly, the acrylic back of Hide & Seek’s Collins barstool is greatly curved. Over-dyed hair-on-hides and luminescent-colored acrylic table tops mimic the richness of gemstones.
As the models walk down the runways this week, I’ll be paying close attention. Sure, fashion is pretty, but it now means much more to me. It helped me elevate my visions with signature touches that add character, define quality, contain functionality, and will too hopefully become the hallmark of my work as a furniture designer.
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