industry insider | Feb 27, 2018 |
Six designer collaborations to note

A bevy of designers and manufacturers are joining forces on an inspiring selection of furnishings arriving this spring. Browse our roundup of the must-see collabs debuting any day now.

Robert Escalera x The Urban Electric Co.
Escalera’s illustrated shades mark the inaugural lampshade collaboration for the Charleston lighting brand. With a total of five designs, the collection is the product of a friendship between the Parisian illustrator and The Urban Electric Co.’s creative director, Michael Amato, both former Parsons students.

The new Urban Electric Co. lampshade line
The new Urban Electric Co. lampshade line; courtesy The Urban Electric Co.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard x Frontgate
Martyn Lawrence Bullard x Frontgate

Martyn Lawrence Bullard x Frontgate
Bullard has teamed up with Frontgate on two new collections of outdoor furniture. The designer shares, “For spring, we have two wonderful collections of new outdoor furniture. A very large collection of Moorish-inspired teak furniture in a beautiful rustic finish with very cool outdoor fabrics and pillows. The highlight being a hanging lounging bed mounded with exotic outdoor textiles. I also love the director’s chair–inspired collection that has a very midcentury, South of France vibe to it. Kind of luxury yacht goes to Saint-Tropez!”

CB2 x Fred Segal
The California-cool collaboration, dubbed Pool Party Collection, debuted last week with indoor and outdoor furniture and home entertainment accessories executed in fun colors. The partners call it a “luxe California daydream.” The pieces, which range in price from $5.95 to $2,199, are available for purchase on and in CB2 stores and includes pieces like the Brass Bird Side Table, adorned with bird feet for legs; colorful outdoor pillows; modular sofas and chair; melamine tableware; and a bocce set, among other pieces.

The Navy Velvet Hollywood Sofa by CB2 x Fred Segal
The Navy Velvet Hollywood Sofa by CB2 x Fred Segal

M.Montague x Raven + Lily
A new home collection collaboration between Moroccan designer Maryam Montague and ethical lifestyle brand Raven + Lily, which offers fair-trade home goods and fashion, launched last month, debuting work produced by women with fair trade employment in Morocco. The collection spans tabletop, carpets, and embroidered pillows and poufs. Ten percent of sales of the collection will help fund Project SOAR, an after-school program that empowers Moroccan girls.

Aziza Stripe Blanket by M.Montague for Raven + Lily
Aziza Stripe Blanket by M.Montague for Raven + Lily

Young Huh x AKDO
Essence by Young Huh, a mosaic collection for AKDO, captures what the partners call the designer’s whimsical and vibrant style. Shares Huh, “We wanted to create simpler, more attractive, and most importantly, usable patterns that touched on that same history.” The tile collection includes bathroom and kitchen backsplashes, accent walls, and entryways, for both residential and hospitality projects.

Young Huh for AKDO, from left to right: Harmony, Legacy, Whimsy, and Clarity
Young Huh for AKDO, from left: Harmony, Legacy, Whimsy and Clarity

Carl Hansen & Son x Jim Thompson Fabrics
For a short time (May 1 to August 31) the iconic Hans J. Wegner CH07 Shell Chair, from Carl Hansen & Son, will be available in a selection of silk textiles from Jim Thompson Fabrics. For the collaboration, the furniture brand chose 16 Jim Thompson textiles and organized them into four jewel-tone themes: Red Coral, Blue Sapphire, Golden Citrine and Green Jade.

“The collaboration between Carl Hansen & Son and Jim Thompson is in many ways quite organic,” Knud Erik Hansen, CEO at Carl Hansen, explains. “We share values and have the same high demands for sustainability, craftsmanship and design. Our shared ideals and individual strong cultures form a natural foundation for adding new dimensions to each other’s products.”

Jim Thompson
Carl Hansen & Son x Jim Thompson Fabrics

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