The Scottish designer who is trading in fashion for furniture!
Having stepped back from the whirlwind that is the fashion calendar, Jonathan Saunders is returning to his first love with a collection of minimalist furniture.
A graphic but spare line of wood, metal and resin furniture, isn’t so much a departure for the Scottish fashion designer as a return. After graduating from the master’s program at London’s Central Saint Martins school in 2003, he designed prints for Alexander McQueen. From there, he consulted for Christian Lacroix at Pucci and simultaneously launched his own namesake line. The following year, he took the role as chief creative officer at Diane von Furstenberg, where he brought his amazing eye for unusual color and print combinations.
Much like the color-blocked suiting and shift dresses he became known for, each of the 15 pieces in his debut collection of furniture, called Saunders, are experiments in color theory and geometry.
“A few years ago, I decided to do something that felt personal, in a field where I could design with enough time to develop ideas. I’d always wanted to learn more about certain traditional techniques, stemming from my experience in Textile design. An example of this is marquetry, where its craftspeople are dying out. I wanted to use it in a modern way. All the pieces explore the relationships colors have with each other. Rhythms of Color, as I like to call it.”
Images from trendland.com and instagram.com/saundersstudio
The collection launches with a series of images by French photography duo, Image Group (c/o Parent Global).
Creative Direction and Brand Identity by Jonny Lu Studio.