Christopher Guy Harrison Talks New Rug Launch
November 9, 2017,
Christopher Guy’s rugs, designed and crafted by Nourison, accentuate the high-end furniture and accessories from the manufacturer.
During the Oct. 14-18 show, rugs created for Christopher Guy may be found in vignettes and on a rug rack inside the brand’s standalone showroom building located at 129 S. Hamilton St., as well as in the International Home Furnishings Center inside the Interhall 101 showroom of Nourison, the company that manufactured the rugs.
The market is shaping up to be a significant one for Harrison and the Christopher Guy brand, as the company will hold an “official grand opening” for the showroom, which soft-opened during the April market.
Harrison will also share with market attendees the story of Christopher Guy’s worldwide expansion on Sunday, Oct. 15.
The Christopher Guy collection by Nourison features 38 handmade rugs, including L’Artiste, which plays off the curvature and fluidity synonymous with his designs.
Earlier this year, Harrison told HAT sister publication Designers Today that having the standalone showroom building is an integral part of the Christopher Guy brand.
“The building is part of our identity; everyone has to stand for something,” he said. “We invite our dealers to see what we’re doing and it is part of who we are as a brand. We all have to market ourselves and this Fifth Avenue-inspired building highlights who we are and what we bring to the industry as a luxury brand in an important, tangible fashion.”
The culmination of having the standalone showroom building reflects the way the brand has grown over the years, he told Designers Today.
“Our first entry in the U.S. was in Interhall, and then in 2007, we had a temporary space in the Marge Carson Building,” Harrison said. “After that, we had a 10-year lease in the Swaim Building, and now the new showroom.”
The Christopher Guy lifestyle collection is based on Harrison’s interpretation of how Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment may have looked like in today’s world. He explained to Designers Today how Chanel and other design influences can be seen in his work.
Christopher Guy Harrison says there are times when a rug should complement other pieces and times when it should stand out.
When designing rugs, the newest addition to the brand, Harrison said there were several things to consider. “When I design a rug, I think about how I can give a sense of warmth to a room through this rug. Wooden floors or stone floors on their own leave a room feeling a bit cold; having a rug in the room helps bring the whole look together,” he told Home Accents Today.
“So I think there are different situations where a rug should be a complement to other pieces and when it should stand out. That is why I created a variety of designs when I was putting this collection together.”
The way in which a rug completes the picture is also key. “I think rugs create a picture frame around the setting,” Harrison said. “Whether it’s a rug that goes underneath the bed, dining room table, or in a lounge area, a rug manages to enclose that particular area and bring the pieces in a room together.”
When asked about the influence of design elements, Harrison said he likes to look back at his own work, “Whether it be chair designs or mirror frame designs. I look at a little bit of everything that we do. I’ve designed the rugs as contemporary art pieces with understated elegance.”
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