We have lift off! After years in the planning, our new collection with Century Furniture is on its way to retail stores and showrooms across the globe. I couldn’t be more excited. Every design carries a part of me, yes, but more than that, this collection holds my long-held dreams for how to put emotion and connectivity back into the DNA of the rooms we call home.
Most of my silhouettes are connected to history. From neoclassical to midcentury cool, these pieces condense a time line of inspiration. My motive for bringing the past forward, however, is to rethink the now. From every unexpected combination of form to every unlikely pairing of materials, I want to stir up our senses and reorient us to the moment at hand. Sometimes what shifts our perspective forms into a bodily nudge. The arc of our Daybreak Sofa (right), for instance, is calibrated to throw side-by-side seating a curve, pivoting our attentions ever so slightly toward one another.
Looking back on how this collection came to be, I can only describe its evolution as pure alchemy. Defined as a “magical process of transformation, creation or combination,” alchemy is exactly what I’d love for these pieces to conjure inside their destined homes. Modern living is never static. It’s a constant push-and-pull for our attention where choices are farther and wider than ever before. In one sense, it’s easier to find beautiful things. It’s harder, however, to forge meaningful and lasting environments of today’s vast array.
That’s exactly why I couldn’t approach this collection one piece at a time. I needed to make choices easier by gathering a wholly modern assortment within which anything goes. This collection’s mix is bold, yet its pieces effortlessly combine into chic, personality-driven vignettes precisely because they belong to a tightly edited whole. Isn’t that what we all want? To be uniquely ourselves, while still feeling connected to a larger story?
Individualism, modernism and tradition: yes, I believe all three can coexist beautifully. Classic or cool, the most elegant rooms are always innately soulful and reassuring. I want for this collection what I want for any space I design: the room to realize not just who we are, but who we want to be!
Colleagues and friends, you know who you are! My forever gratitude to the artisans at Century Furniture for their sense of adventure and willingness to go every extra subtle tweak. And to my other licensees—Kravet, Arteriors, and Jamie Beckwith Collection (those oors!) — how lucky were we to debut this new collection alongside your lighting, surfaces and accessories? I’m thrilled to have shared with you all this labor of love, and beyond excited to learn we’ve earned the America Society of Furniture Designers coveted Pinnacle Award as the Top Major Collection for 2017 !