Kelly Wearstler, one of the most audacious interior designers working today, has created her own furniture collection, which was born out of Kelly’s love for soulful design, rich texture and luxurious material. This October Kelly Wearstler Furniture Collection, the designer’s first comprehensive portfolio of furniture, begins appearing in stores across the United States and abroad.
“I felt that it was time to assemble all the different materials I love working with, and all the experiences I’ve had working with different artisans and workshops,” says Wearstler, who has partnered with the North Carolina–based furniture company E.J. Victor to produce the line. The result, which highlights the designer’s well-known passion for texture, patina, and mixed materials, “is a modern collection,” she notes, “but with a lot of soul.”
Although she has developed an archive of designs for custom chairs, tables, and case goods over the years, Wearstler chose to start afresh for this collection while revisiting many of her favorite sources of inspiration.
The Roxbury collection includes a dining table, dining chair, and console featuring bases with arches that recall one of Wearstler’s favorite buildings—the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana in Rome. By contrast, the Laurel collection is all about luxurious upholstery, with generous, organically shaped forms that offer deep comfort. The Griffith and Grafton lines include cabinets, mirrors, and tables ornamented with semispherical pieces of sparkling pyrite set like jewels. And the Melange collection features slender burnished bronze legs cast from a plaster model sculpted in Wearstler’s studio.
Despite the extensive range of her inaugural collection, Wearstler says she’s not finished yet. “We’re already on to designing the next one” for spring 2016, she says—hardly a surprise for a designer who can tap a seemingly limitless well of creativity.