Let Christopher John Rogers create a stir during New York Fashion Week without even having a show on the calendar. The designer presents his prêt-à-porter collections off schedule now, but this time he went off script, presenting his first foray into the universe of the home with a very special and intentional collection of four chairs created in collaboration with furniture suppliers. orior irishmen. Rogers met the brand’s creative director, Ciaran McGuigan, during his time at Savannah College of Arts and Design, and they kept in touch with a mutual admiration for each other’s work. Orior handcrafts all of his furniture in Ireland, with strong Danish influences impacting the work, largely thanks to McGuigan’s parents creating furniture there.
The resulting quartet of chairs takes Rogers prints from past collections (you might remember Dua Lipa in the 008 Collection checkerboard Pop Print dress), masterfully infused into timeless, elegant silhouettes that are the perfect amount of extra. It’s only natural that Rogers’ creative mind would lead him to create furniture, as his impeccable taste and distinctive point of view make more sense to translate to the world of interiors. The cherry on top of this wonderful collaboration is that all proceeds from sales of the collection will be donated to grassroots organizations coordinated by Color For Change, a nonprofit civil rights organization committed to advancing Black communities and strengthening the voice of Black people. African Americans. ELLE.com caught up with Rogers ahead of the launch to ask him about the genesis of the collaboration and which home he’d love to see one of the chairs in.
How did this collaboration with Orior come about?
I met the team during my time at SCAD – Ciaran graduated a few years before me. We kept in touch, and Christina from my team reintroduced me to the brand in 2019, and I really loved the craftsmanship and adventurous use of colour. We kept in touch with each other’s work, and they offered me the possibility of working on something together. It’s been so much fun to see how the collaboration has evolved.
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What do you hope to bring to market with the new partnership?
I’d say these pieces are definitely worth their weight. They are handmade in Ireland, upholstered in Italian fabric and limited edition. They are collector’s items that will definitely be with you for decades, if not longer.
How was the process of entering the furniture space? Did you approach design in a similar or different way to fashion?
It was pretty seamless, considering our teams’ familiarity with each other and our similar aesthetic viewpoints. I like to create work that exists in a liminal space between something high-octane and something fairly low-key, and I think I approached this project in a similar way to my fashion offering.
What does luxury furniture look like for CJR? Can we expect you to dive into more collaborations and lifestyle projects?
Does it look like this! Intentional pieces that are well made and built to stand the test of time. I think my point of view easily translates to various types of design, regardless of the medium, so yes, there will definitely be more lifestyle projects coming soon.
What is your favorite piece from the collection and why?
I think the Gradient Dot Lia chair. Combine one of my favorite prints we’ve done with a classic yet eye-catching wing shape.
Who are some of your favorite furniture designers?
Wendell Castle, Verner Panton, Eames and Le Corbusier.
If you could have a piece of the collection in anyone’s home, who would you like to have it and why?
Kelly Wearstler probably has impeccable taste and her work was one of my first true introductions to the intentionality that is possible with interiors.
The Christopher John Rogers x Orior Collection is now available to purchase at oriorfurniture.com.
Kevin LeBlanc is the fashion associate for ELLE magazine. He covers fashion news, trends and all things Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
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