The inimitable Kelly Wearstler has never been one to fit into a box. Bold and expressive, her style is difficult to define, yet unmistakably her own; a confident clash of eras, design movements and cultures that covers the gamut from art deco to postmodernism and beyond.
Having set up her eponymous practice in 1995, the California-based designer has made her mark on a string of hotels (most recently the lauded Proper chain), residences and commercial projects, as well as building her own homeware line and a coterie of collaborations with leading interiors brands.
Her latest collection, ‘Transcendence’, is typically stand-out, featuring furniture, lighting and accessories that are simultaneously striking and supremely liveable.
‘I look to find the tension in each piece, balancing the familiar with the unexpected to create something that is both inviting and provides a new perspective,’ Wearstler says.
Comprising eight series of furniture, six lighting lines and numerous objects, the collection is an exploration of materials and form, with many of the designs having started life as bespoke pieces for interior design projects.
There’s the ‘Oblique’ series of striped wood tables, made from pieces of angle-cut hardwoods which are laminated together to build up dazzling designs across a variety of table shapes and sizes.
In contrast to the precise geometry of ‘Oblique’, the ‘Colina’ range is a more organic affair. Its star piece is the credenza, a chunky and rounded design made from resin with an earthy, plaster-like finish by LA-based artisans. Inside hides a sumptuous walnut interior.
Meanwhile, the ‘Morro’ range has a bohemian, North African feel. Spherical bases in various proportions and materials are a recurring motif throughout – the side table is handcrafted from solid oak and features three large globes suspended between two thick slabs, while the pouf’s tapered body sits on smaller spherical feet of ebonized, stained or natural wood or marble.
The new collection also includes extensions to existing designs, such as the low-slung, seventies-style ‘Esfera’ seating series, which now includes a sectional sofa to compliment the ottoman, sofa and chair.
Adding yet more materials into the mix, the ‘Triad’ side tables are a riff on a design created for a residential project. Irregular marble shapes are wrapped in bent and welded brass sheet to form sculptural objects that add subtle intrigue to spaces.
The ‘Transcendence’ collection is available now at kellywearstler.com
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