• Thomas Lester

Christopher Guy Harrison Talks New Rug Launch

accentuateChristopher Guy’s rugs, designed and crafted by Nourison, accentuate the high-end furniture and accessories from the manufacturer.
The October High Point Market marks the first time luxury brand Christopher Guy has been licensed to another manufacturer to help fill a product gap.

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 Christopher Guy Area Rug Collection by Nourison will launch with 38 handmade area rugs, woven from fibers such as New Zealand wool, silk and mohair. Each rug is designed with Harrison’s signature look, fusing classic and contemporary elements, and completes the Christopher Guy lifestyle.

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.

NourisonThe Christopher Guy collection by Nourison features 38 handmade rugs, including L’Artiste, which plays off the curvature and fluidity synonymous with his designs.
“What a dazzling year it has been for our 10th anniversary,” said Harrison. “We’ve been so incredibly fortunate to be able to extend our global footprint in unique ways, collaborating with outstanding talent in film and TV, while banding together with a luxury brand such as Nourison, who shares our vision and focus on craftsmanship and style.”

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.

GuyChristopher Guy Harrison says there are times when a rug should complement other pieces and times when it should stand out.
“One of the identifying statements I always make is that Christopher Guy represents how Coco Chanel would decorate her home if she was alive today,” Harrison said. “Additionally, my time in the south of France is always an influence, and, on a different note, some of the James Bond movies. When you think about the settings for many of those, luxury immediately comes to mind.”

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.”

Thomas LesterThomas Lester | Business Editor
tlester@homeaccentstoday.com

Thomas Lester is Business Editor for Home Accents Today. A graduate of Emory & Henry College's Mass Communications program, Lester spent a dozen years working for newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina covering an array of subjects, ranging from community news, government, education, ACC sports and more before joining Progressive Business Media in 2013. As business editor, Lester covers all aspects of business in the home accents world, from the latest news from manufacturers to successful retail strategies and business analysis.

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