Stylish Furnishings: Maharam on Paul Smith and Fritz Hansen

Posted on April 3, 2012


So I’ve been on a fairly long hiatus. What was it? Two weeks three? That’s because I’ve been shifting to a new apartment within eclectic suburb Prahran. Then of course, there’s the inevitable discussion on whether furniture would fit the new wood floorings of the unit. Like a well made suit, stylish furnishings nourish the soul; quite literally, the wife tells me that there’s an oriental adage where a beautiful home leads to peaceful living (true) and a good career (not quite convinced yet). Good news, Maharam textiles on Paul Smith and Fritz Hansen furniture makes easy work of interior decorating.

Chair Men: Point by Paul Smith and Fritz Hansen

Working with Fritz Hansen brands, Point by Paul Smith is a collaborative effort with Maharam textile company producing 7 geometric patterns and updating furniture icons like the Arne Jacobsen Egg, Swan and Grand Prix by Arne Jacosen with Sir Smith’s signature whimsy.

Paul Smith first approached Maharam in 2002 after seeing I Morosi alla Finestra (The Lovers at the Window), a Gio Ponti designed silk, at a Ponti retrospective at the Design Museum in London. Using the alluring patterns for the lining in his menswear, Smith soon used the same textiles in his other sartorial offerings from shoes to hats.

Before long, Maharam was seeking the British Knight’s design genius for a series of seating upholstery beginning first with the Bespoke Stripe. Smith’s effort before Point was an aptly named collection titled Herringbone Stripe. This turn towards men’s haberdashery is simply a logical point to Britain’s most visible designer; with Point, I guess it’s only fitting when you consider how on point he has been in not just design but by occupying a space in your heart and finally, living room. [Shop here]

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