Collaborations | Feb 19, 2014 |
Nine new collaborations to look out for this season
By Staff

Many manufacturers turn to interior designers and artists for their creativity, experience, and brand appeal for product development needs, which often culminate in collaborative collections of furniture, fabrics, accessories, tabletop and more. This season, Michael Divine, Nina Campbell, Libby Langdon, Felicia Bishop, Rachel Doriss, Stephanie Housley, Sarah Lavoine, Isabelle de Borchgrave, Arlene Angard and Kelly Wearstler will be debuting a variety of new collections.

Interior designer Michael Devine has collaborated with French designer Marie Daage, who is known for exquisite hand-painted designs on Limoges porcelain. Their initial offering, "Thomas," is a collection of dinnerware based on Devine's most recent hand-printed textile by the same name. Marie Daage showcased the "Thomas" collection during Maison&Objet including the newest pattern called "Charlotte," based on Devine's romantic floral pattern by the same name. The U.S. debut will take place during the Spring 2014 New York Tabletop Market at Forty-One Madison.

London-based interior designer Nina Campbell will launch Nina Home for Stein Mart. The range, which debuted last week at 200 Stein Mart locations and, features bedding, bath linens and home accessories. "We are thrilled to offer the stylish and timeless Nina Home by Nina Campbell collection in stores and online," said Jay Stein, Stein Mart's chairman of the board and CEO. "Her impeccable taste and precision to detail make every piece in the collection not only desirable, but affordable, and we look forward to adding this exclusive line to our selection of home fashion."

Lighting design firm Crystorama has announced a licensing partnership with interior designer Libby Langdon that will include multiple collections of hanging chandeliers, wall sconces and ceiling mount fixtures debuting in showrooms across the country this spring. “One of the most important elements I use in creating a warm and inviting environment is lighting, so I’m thrilled to be designing a collection of lighting fixtures for Crystorama,” said Langdon. “I use insights I gather from working one-on-one with my clients and will plug that information into creating a lighting collection I know will resonate with consumers and will embody my easy, elegant, everyday style.”

Oomph launched a collection of ceramic table lamps, made exclusively for the brand by Hwang Bishop, at the NY NOW show earlier this month. Oomph, a brand which describes itself as offering American-made, brightly lacquered furniture, enlisted the artistic talents of Felicia Bishop of Hwang Bishop Designs in Rhode Island, to bring its ideas to life. The collection includes three exclusive and original styles designed by oomph, and will be offered in seven high gloss colors.

Rachel Doriss, design director at Pollack, and Stephanie Housley, founder of fabric company Coral & Tusk joined forces to create three new textile designs part of Pollack’s spring introductions. The design duo—friends since meeting in the ‘90s at the Rhode Island School of Interior Design—created Circus Toile, Circus Stripe and Quill together, merging the imagery Coral & Tusk is known for with Pollack’s fabric expertise.

French interior designer Sarah Lavoine has turned her hand to the “art de la table” and designed a collection of tableware exclusively for porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud. “Aboro” was inspired by the mesmerizing geometric patterns of Aboriginal art. The collection combines Lavoine’s passions for art and nature with a touch of festive elegance.

Belgian artist and sculptor, Isabelle de Borchgrave, has collaborated with Fabricut to debut her fabrics and trimmings collection. Inspired by her love of textiles, history and fashion, de Borchgrave and Fabricut transformed her dramatic paper dresses and original art into an eclectic offering of prints, wovens, embroideries and trimmings arranged into three color palettes—Canyon, Mulberry and Ocean. The collection focuses primarily on the global nature of her work from the Kaftan and Kimono series with a sprinkling of patterns that are inspired by the Fortuny collection, including patterns with reference to the textiles of Italy, Japan, Uzbekistan and Egypt. Her expressive worldview, bold sense of color and intuitive painterly hand is seen in each fabric and trimming.

Interior designer Arlene Angard launched a collection of beach-inspired wool and silk rugs manufactured by Stark Carpets. The “Think about beach without the water” collection features five designs ranging from a Hamptons-inspired design to a Hawaiian beach and a Bermuda sunset.

For Valentine’s Day, interior designer Kelly Wearstler designed a collection of cards, marble letters and lips for Paperless Post. The collection showcased her unexpected, bold Maximalist aesthetic, and her love of metallic patterns and vibrant hues.

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