Robert Kime and Tory Burch introduce The Nara Collection, a group of fabrics and wallpapers inspired by a journey the pair took to Japan in 2019. More than 1,200 years ago, Nara flourished as Japan’s first capital; today, the city is full of historic treasures including some of Japan’s oldest and largest temples.
This spring, Robert Kime and Tory Burch introduce The Nara Collection at Robert Kime, a group of fabrics and wallpapers inspired by a journey the pair took together to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan in 2019. The collection—comprised of ten digitally printed fabrics, one weave and two wallpapers—marks a collaboration and friendship which solidified over Robert’s recent interior design project at Tory and husband Pierre-Yves Roussel’s house in Normandy, France.
Nara, an ancient city and home to some of Japan’s oldest temples, shrines and ruins lends its name to the collection. On their journey, Tory and Robert spent time exploring cities and surrounding landscapes, taking in historic and symbolic treasures and learning about the area’s rich artistic heritage.
In speaking of the collection, Kime said, “I see indigo as Japan’s universal color, so we leaned heavily into the blues. It was a unique experience, digging into the textile history of Japan. Unlike the French and English, there isn’t a lot of organization around the concept of documents in Japan, so we traveled to very out of the way places to look to understand the background and history.
Burch said, “I have always loved Robert’s work. He can make any room look perfectly imperfect. His approach is eclectic and I love how he has no rules, combining objects from different periods. His rooms are cozy, as if they have existed for years. Nothing feels too designed.
We often spoke of our shared love of Japan and decided to plan an inspiration trip together. Traveling with him was delightful. He has a keen ability to see beauty in unexpected ways and I always learn a great deal watching him work. This collection is inspired by our time there, taking in the beauty of the region, its unique traditions, rich artistry and subtle details. It is a celebration of this extraordinary culture.”
Robert Kime Managing Director Orlando Atty said, “These new designs and perspectives sit well within the Robert Kime range, giving context to the journey and bringing it to life.”
The new designs will be showcased in NYC at Chelsea Textiles and at Jasper in LA, Ainsworth-Noah in Atlanta, Wells Abbott in Dallas and at Robert Kime in London.