The Rug Company commemorates 15 years of Paul Smith collaborations with a new series.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Refraction Light Runner by Paul Smith for The Rug Company; Sir Paul Smith at The Rug Company’s King’s Road showroom; Paint Stripe by Paul Smith for The Rug Company; Paul Smith’s Spring/ Summer 2016 runway show during London Fashion Week.
Throughout his storied career, British designer Sir Paul Smith has worn many hats. Along with his namesake fashion label, he’s joined forces with Burton Snowboards, created sleek suits for Manchester United, and designed a bespoke Land Rover Defender.
Now, in celebration of 15 years with the Rug Company, Smith has released a new textile collection. “I’ve taken the designs in a fresh direction,” he says of the six hand-knotted rugs and single cushion. Smith describes the line as “modern with muted palettes and unregulated pattern composition”—a serious departure from the bright colors for which the designer is known.
Woven by hand, the pieces incorporate geometry with a balance of subdued tones (particularly the Split Light design). How does his process differ from his standard way of working? “I love the more considered pace of design,” he says, “playing with the yarns in my hands, putting the colors together, and building up the pattern.” The Rug Company, 320 N. Clark St., 312-379-1700