Companies often look to creative types—interior designers, fashion designers, artists and chefs—to boost their inspiration quotient and product development efforts. This spring, a handful of creative minds including Ashley Hicks, Tony Ingrao, Jessica Zoob, Barry Dixon, Vern Yip, HOK, Padma Laskshmi and Lela Rose have teamed up with companies to create new collections of fabrics, furniture and accessories.
Here’s a sneak peek of a few new collaborations hitting the market this spring:
GP & J Baker has just launched the David Hicks by Ashley Hicks collection of fabrics and wallcoverings. Hick’s son Ashley has brought original patterns from the iconic David Hick’s archives back to production. The collection features 36 colorways and is printed in England on Belgian linen.
“I’ve been involved with fabrics my whole life, from a childhood wrapped in David Hicks prints to helping Allegra Hicks make her first collections,” said Ashley Hicks. “Over the last year I’ve drawn ten new designs, ranging from historical things like 1480’s Italian velvets redrawn like naïve woodcuts, to my own improvised scribbles. I've called them Textures, because that’s what they give to a room.”
On the Rocks is a collaboration between Tony Ingrao and SA Baxter, and will be the company’s first rollout for its 2014 Spring Artisan series. Cast in brass, bronze and white bronze base metals, the collection features a doorknob, lever, rosette, escutcheon plate and thumb turn available in all standard SA Baxter finishes.
“I was inspired by nature, I look at hardware all the time and it always seems rigid to me,” said Ingrao. “I wanted to incorporate nature into the design aesthetic, make the hardware more fluid.”
A new collection of cushions featuring paintings by contemporary British artist Jessica Zoob is available at ROMO this spring. It includes Zoob’s most celebrated works, “Passion,” a series of six paintings that reflect the seasons of a relationship.
According to Zoob, spring brings a sense of anticipation; summer is full of energy and color; autumn can bring tempestuous storms; and winter feels crisp and still. “If you’re lucky,” said Jessica, “spring will always come around again.”
Next month, at the spring High Point Market, 16 chairs and sofas will debut at Tomlinson, featuring exposed wood painted with paint colors developed by Barry Dixon for C2. Dixon’s Naturals Color Collection features 84 colors inspired by nature and classified within the four elements—Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
"You can have a dark lacquer finish on a piece in a dark room or a light finish in a light room,” said Dixon. “You can have it your way, customized to fit your fabrics, your wall color, your concept."
The team from HOK Product Design has teamed up with Italian master door creator Lualdi to create the Half + Half collection. The challenge was to create a door that fits a small space, where swing and sliding doors are not feasible. HOK Product Design developed a series of three design trims that combine wood, and/or painted slabs, detailed with a shot of intense color.
The HOK team has also also teamed up with ceramic wallcoverings maker Lea Ceramiche on two tile collections—Pixel and Nest. Pixel comprises a series of ceramic tiles available in a vast array of colors that can be layered to create a tridimensional effect. Nest draws inspiration from nature, mimicking the complexity and irregularity of leaves. The tiles can be interlocked to create an eye-catching puzzle that exemplifies the unorthodox use of ceramics as a décor material.
All three HOK Product Design collections will debut during Salone del Mobile in Milan next month.
Last week, designer Vern Yip launched a candle collection with The Langley Empire Candle Company at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. The nine candles in the collection take their inspiration from Yip’s childhood travels through Asia, Latin America and Europe. The 10-ounce matte metallic tumblers are parallel to Yip’s design style of “less is more,” with clean lines and a pop of color.
Celebrity chef Padma Laskshmi’s debut Blue Optic Drinkware from The Padma Collection will be up for grabs on Gilt.com beginning today at noon. The new smoky blue shade is available in the Stem Wine, Cooler or DOF shapes (all sets of four priced $34-39).
Neiman Marcus has launched a tabletop collection developed in collaboration with fashion designer Lela Rose. Available exclusively on neimanmarcus.com, the collection consists of a white lace and linen napkin and placemat set and four assorted dessert plates. Each dessert plate features a design inspired by chef Ferrari Aria’s approach to food. “Each piece I designed reflects the energy and creativity in his masterpieces,” said Rose.