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Christian Siriano, the fashion designer who rose to fame after becoming the youngest winner of Project Runway and has gone on to create dazzling red carpet looks for a slew of celebrities, is the latest proof that the past year had us all thinking more critically about our interiors. Last night, at Jung Lee's New York store, Siriano launched his first furniture line, spurred by a year spent at home.
"I was in quarantine, I was at home, and I was really inspired," Siriano tells House Beautiful of the origins of the line. "So I started sketching little things, and I was like—I want to make these!" He started slowly making a few custom pieces, whose success prompted an official line.
The collection, now available on 1stdibs, is an extension of Christian Siriano Interiors, which officially launched in January of last year. But Siriano, whose 2018 design for his own retail space was featured in Architectural Digest, has been passionate about interiors for far longer. "This has always been a dream for me," Siriano divulges. "I always wanted to make furniture–my mom was a big furniture lover, I grew up with her dragging me to furniture stores. She had really great taste in fabric, too, which I think is where I get mine."
The line consists of dining chairs, stools, benches, a daybed, and a coffee table in various wood finishes and neutral bouclé (prices start at $795 for a stool). The designs nods to several inspirational sources, from Pierre Paulin to Siriano's own interior design crush, Kelly Wearstler. "She's a good friend of mine and she is so talented" he says. "Her pieces feel like they speak to you, like they're your friends—that's what I wanted to do with my furniture."
True to his fashion background, Siriano obsessed over the furniture's fabric, developing a custom bouclé that's more durable and stain resistant than the popular midcentury staple that's seen a comeback in recent years. "We wanted to make a more durable, synthetic version than what's out there," he explains. That is to say, you can kick back on these pieces without feeling (too) stressed.
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Fans of Siriano's fashion designs—which tend to be colorful, dramatic, and even theatrical—might be surprised at the furniture's neutral look, but Siriano sees it as a strategic and style move. "This is a bit more palate cleanser, a bit more neutral than my clothing, which is more exuberant," says the designer. "It's my way of not having to alienate the fashion customer but also get a whole new customer." (Customization is always available, though—last week, Siriano says, he made a version of his dining chairs in a yellow mohair).
Plus, this won't be the last you'll see of Siriano furniture: The designer plans to roll out new collections regularly, to satiate eager redecorators. "I think people should start treat their homes more like fashion, " he tells House Beautiful. "It doesn't have to be every season, but I like the idea that you can switch up your home, you can mix and match. I think that's kind of the new mentality. You want to always feel good at home."
No matter your style, that we can agree on.
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