By Andrea Lillo
David Rockwell’s designs have touched everything from the Oscars to the JetBlue terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport to numerous restaurants and hotels. Now, the architect and designer has gone to the floor with his newest collection: a hand-knotted rug line with The Rug Company.
“I’m not a product person,” Rockwell told HFN. “And I’m not necessarily a shopper. But I love surfaces and light.” Working with The Rug Company — “a leader in craftsmanship” — allowed the Rockwell Group “to bring clear, crisp design with a sense of illusion and light.”
Available this month, the collection includes designs that reflect Rockwell’s love of theater to his collection of kaleidoscopes, such as Stage Light, which has a spotlight effect; and Metallic Squares, Kaleidoscope Gradient and Metallic Ovals, which use silk and/or gradiated color for effect. There are also two cushion and wall- hanging items. Made in Nepal of wool and silk, each rug sized up to 11 by 16 feet will take about four months to produce.
“The designs are a combination of things we love and things we need in our own projects,” said Barry Richards, principal, Rockwell Group. The company also doesn’t have a set, signature style, he added, but looks at the needs of each individual project, like it does with its clients.
In addition, The Rug Company expanded its New York showroom by 500 square feet this summer, and has plans to soon open two new showrooms in Chicago and Dallas.