Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Have you heard of Van Der Hurd?

One of my favourite designers is Christine Van Der Hurd. Not least of all because she adjusts her palette for each specific region where her rugs are available - London, New York and Los Angeles. ''People enjoy stronger colors where the light is darker, which is here,'' she said regarding London. ''In New York, people tend to be not quite as adventurous with colour.'' For Los Angeles, her rug and textile colours are ''chalky, with some iciness.''
Add that to the fact her work is mainly limited to editions or bespoke - what's not to love?

Hand woven silk fabric

Rug: Dewdrops

Christine Van Der Hurd's top three tips for choosing a rug from House Beautiful, September, 2005.

1 Go with your gut feeling when choosing a carpet. I think colour is more important than design; if you don't love the hue, the pattern, however pretty, won't matter.
2 Consider whether you want your carpet to be a focal point of the room, or to blend in unobtrusively. Highly patterned, brightly coloured carpets obviously belong in the former category.
3 If possible, choose your carpet before deciding upon paint, upholstery, and curtains. The colours in your carpet can provide inspiration for the colour scheme of an entire room.

Christine Van Der Hurd was commissioned by Adam Bray to redesign the flooring for Annabel's.
photographs by James Mortimer

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ALL THE BEST said...

Truly beautiful!

An Aesthete's Lament said...

She is a wonderful talent and a great person. I have loved her rugs for 20 years, arguably, and am shocked that her work for Annabel's hasn't received wider notice. Have you seen her incredible cloisonné lamps?

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

Yes, there is something very Venetian about them.

The Peak of Chic said...

I love what she designed for Annabel's. Amazing!