For over 25 years, Four Hands has been a leading source of design inspiration and well-crafted furniture and decor for interior designers, independent regional stores and large retail chains. Discover some of the latest styles from its winter 2023 collection, which features more than 300 new pieces, and become a member of its Designer Trade Program to shop.
President and CEO Matthew Briggs, president of upholstery Rick Lovegrove, vice president of design Adam Dunn and director of art development Brooke Elliott spoke with Business of Home about the inspirations and artisans that helped create this season’s offerings.
What’s the inspiration behind the new collection?
Adam Dunn: We’re always sourcing inspiration. We find it while traveling abroad, in design and cultural trends, the natural world and how customers live with our products. This winter, we’re excited to announce our partnership with Libeco, a leader in authentic Belgian linen. Alongside this launch, we’re reimagining classic silhouettes through a modern lens to create fresh twists on familiar forms and traditional details. Think wire brushing for texture, reclaimed materials, mixed media and artisan-driven styles. Finally, we’re redefining minimalist-inspired design with warm and thoughtful materials applied with hand-crafted precision.
What piece are you most excited to unveil?
Rick Lovegrove: Libeco produces Belgian linen that is sophisticated and refined and tells a hand-crafted story that’s unique within our industry. We’re thrilled to be sourcing this fabric for the first time this winter, featuring it in both stand-alone upholstered pieces and versatile slipcovers at Las Vegas Market. Don’t miss the new Bridges suite, accented with a stylish roll arm in both the fully upholstered sofa and dining slipcover, as well as the Topanga swivel chair, a long-running favorite now refreshed in a linen slipcover.
Dunn: Crafted minimalism has become a defining style for our brand. I’m excited to debut the Meadow suite, including a six-drawer dresser and sideboard that showcase the movement of the drawer box, exposing a fully finished interior.
Brooke Elliott: Four Hands Art Studio is proud to partner with several new artists, including Valeria Sidañez and Orfeo Quagliata, to make their work readily available to commercial and residential customers through high-quality reproductions. Buenos Aires–born and Barcelona-based artist Sidañez works in painting, drawing and collage. In contrast, San Francisco artist Quagliata works with hand-blown crystal, fused glass, light and sculptural objects. Both produce extraordinary examples of the caliber of art we curate for Four Hands, and we’re excited to add them to the nearly 200 independent artists in our roster.
How do you feel this collection pushes the brand forward, and how does it build on or complement your other offerings?
Matthew Briggs: For over 25 years, Four Hands has been a leading source of design inspiration and well-crafted furniture and decor. The winter 2023 collection introduces more than 300 new pieces, which brings our total portfolio to nearly 6,000 products. With each new launch, it’s essential that we continue to set trend-forward styles, deliver the design and material quality expected of our products and maintain our distinctive aesthetic.
What about the collection feels fresh and exciting? Is there a certain material that’s a highlight on a particular piece?
Lovegrove: With more than 160 years of artisanal craftsmanship and experience, Libeco is the ideal sourcing partner for the authentic Belgian linen products we’re debuting this winter. Using a time-honored, traditional approach to growing and harvesting the flax, Libeco produces a superior fabric that’s softer to the touch, less prone to wrinkling, naturally durable and easy to care for. These built-to-last qualities are a perfect fit for our timeless design, resulting in beautifully upholstered pieces, and this latest partnership builds on both our leadership in the upholstery category and the recent North American premiere of products in Fiqa boucle. Also in our winter collection, look for new dining chairs in this innovative fabric, which brings performance and style to any dining room.
Dunn: We often focus on our hero pieces, but additionally we are a complete resource for important decor details like new design-forward lighting pendants, occasional seating debuts, hand-knotted rugs, and works by emerging artists.
How do you envision designers using this collection?
Dunn: Four Hands continues to present a thoughtful mix of eras and movements, which creates endless opportunities for designers to innovate and layer styles while achieving a cohesive look.