There are many interior designers whose taste and creativity I admire…and I hate to say, many I think lack a sense of originality. Many designers only
have one style they like to work in. Other’s do a good enough job but fall short on the depth of their creativity, merely reiterating an established look or period.
Those interior designers that can open our eyes to something new and imaginative get my personal seal of approval and big thumbs up. Those are the talents I want to share my ideas with and hang out with, so I can absorb a sense of where they come from.
With that being said, Kelly Wearstler has always been on my A List for talented and creative. As her web site states, Wearstler has a “…. distinctive style that juxtaposes refinement with rawness, melds color, sophistication and swank and seamlessly blends many periods of furniture under one roof.” This sounds like a recipe for success in my book and one that I have always tried to cook up in my own work.
Lucky for me, Wearstler has produced a line of some of her personal favorite furniture pieces and is now making them available to the design trade. This all sounds like a win-win to me, as I am now specifying them as part of the furnishings for my clients.
The collection is produced in her signature white and black tonalities, not my inclination usually, but I can tell buy looking at the pieces they are knockouts. Trust me, I’ve been around long enough to recognize stunning when I see it.
Wearstler’s furniture collection makes reference to designs of other moments in late Twentieth Century design. What I love most, however, is that you can’t pinpoint anything to a particular design trend such as Mid Century Modern, the 70’s, the 80’s, etc. Every piece has it’s own original Wearstler twist.
The chairs in the line are particularly fabulous. Love the Olivia Chair, the Souffle Leather Chair, the Sonnet Chair and several others. Besides which, any chair that has fur on it’s seat get’s extra points from me!
There are also the Marmont Bar Stools, which reminds me of some bar stools I purchased many years ago for myself, used in my apartment here in NYC and then, subsequently, moved them to my office on Madison Avenue when I sold my apartment. Although recently I put them up for sale at one of my favorite antique’s stores downtown, High Style Deco, I have always had a soft spot in my design heart for them. Nice to know that in the future I can buy them again for my clients.
Other Earthly Delights in the Collection: A super charming pouf I am simply crazy for called Brea Ottoman…it looks like it needs a hug and to be taken home and put in my living room! Then there are the bevy of exciting small tables made out of variety of materials that I know will add just the right touch of zsazs in a room.
The sofa called the Malibu Sofa is contemporary comfort and style at it’s best. And the Vanity Mirror is simple, elegant and understated but perfectly designed. Just love the shape…it says so much without trying too hard.
So, those in search of some fresh and new ideas to add to their furnishing repertoire should waste no time in checking out Wearstler’s collection. I am sure she is going to be quite successful with it as she has been with all of her other collections, which include rugs, textiles, wallpapers, dinnerware, and even digital designs for Paperless Post! You can also go to her 1stdibs web page and see some of the out-of-this-world antiques she has collected in her travels and has up for sale, as well as find pieces from this furniture collection.
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!