The Morro Chaise, shown here in plume coin, took it’s inspiration from French and Italian furniture of the 1970’s as well as mid-century Japanese furnishings.
LOS ANGELES – Designer Kelly Wearstler is introducing several new collections this spring, including additions to her own line of furniture and home accessories, as well as a launch in her online gallery – a collaboration with LA-based ceramicist Morgan Peck.
Wearstler’s initial debut is the Morro Collection which includes a series of tables, lounge chairs and sofas inspired by forms that defined French and Italian furniture design in the 1970s.
She said that period saw drastic changes in how furniture was designed, with each item taking on a monolithic form as if cut from one piece. The collection also takes worldly inspiration from mid-century Japanese furnishings with many pieces having low profiles and balanced on spherical solid oak feet which makes them appear to be floating, according to the designer.
“The Morro Collection’s bold and curvaceous shapes are at once elegant and playful, the true embodiment of California style,” Wearstler said. “Whether taking shape in wood, stone or soft upholstery, the materials shine in their elemental shapes.”
To present the collection, Wearstler photographed a special installation at West Hollywood’s historic Schindler House, a 1920’s California home that also sought to push forward new concepts for living.
Wearstler also partnered with Los Angeles-based ceramicist Morgan Peck on a new collection called Contour which includes vases, bowls, plates, candlesticks and large-scale mirrors.
Each piece features a unique composition inviting the user’s own interpretation.
“I feel very inspired by Kelly’s ability to design layered interiors that do not fit into one category,” said Peck. “Both of us share an instinct to absorb different elements of historical designs and mix it with something from the present.”
The pieces are all available at kellywearstler.com.