In COVER 53 we discover the spaces where custom designs and ready-made rugs alike really do bring the interior to life.
Rug Star showroom, Beijing
‘Imagine the Forbidden City as the centre of Beijing. Start at this centre point and walk 45 minutes straight east and you will find our new Rug Star showroom in Beijing, Chaoyang District. The grand opening was on 18 September 2018, directly after China International Furniture Fair in Shanghai, where we exhibit as Rug Star every year.
In March 2018, we left Shanghai—where we attended COVER’s Luxury Brands show at Domotex Asia— and I flew to Beijing to visit the construction site of the new showroom for the first time. Oh my god, this space was so bold and brave, my brain started jumping while walking through the 800 square metre prime location. So much potential, so much China!
The space was designed by Mr Caijiao, a famous interior designer from China. He kept the industrial charm of the space, focusing on the main message to create a gallery space, so the rugs can be presented as contemporary art. His design language combined with the extraordinary size of the showroom is for me the perfect fit, I think this is the next level of presentation, bold and brave—so Rug Star.
The inventory is based on around 100 hand-knotted Rug Star designs in Tibetan and Persian weave. It illustrates the diversity of the design language we have created over the last 15 years. Alongside, we are showing our luxury tuft collection, which we produce in China.
China is a big opportunity, I think everyone is aware of the chances the Chinese market has to offer, if you are lucky enough to be connected with the right partners.’ – Jürgen Dahlmanns, Rug Star
Bluebird Chelsea, London
In the bar and lounge area of restaurant Bluebird on London’s King’s Road, custom carpets from Portugal’s Ferreira de Sá perfectly fit the sophisticated yet fun decor— designed by interior studio Sagrada. What more could you wish for underfoot as you knock back a classic cocktail or taste the mixologist’s own take on ‘Made in Chelsea’?
Private residence, London
Inspired by the master of the paper cut-out, Sonya Winner’s After Matisse rug provides a complex colour study in wool, giving the impression of translucency, and providing creative inspiration for all ages in this bright white playroom setting.
The Alex Hotel, Dublin
For its transformation of a 1990s hotel into a cool destination, the interior architecture and design consultancy 21 Spaces commissioned handcrafted furniture and fittings from Irish makers. Rugs by Design provided the rugs—handmade in Dublin— and the project was shortlisted at the Design et al 2018 Hotel & Property Awards.
Eaton Place residence, London
Desariot Ademaj, creative director at property development and design company Fenton Whelan, referred Riviere Rugs to his own photograph of a tree when ordering this bespoke silk rug, designed to echo the branch-like formation of the overhead lighting.
Private residence, Milan
When your company has a portfolio of custom rugs by more than 35 of the coolest designers of the moment, it must be tough to decide what goes on your living room floor. For the time being, cc-tapis founders Nelcya and Fabrizio Cantoni have settled for a Super Fake rug, designed for their brand by Bethan Laura Wood. A rock solid choice, we agree!
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
This summer, Hatchet Design Build invited Phoebe Sung, co-founder of textile brand Cold Picnic, to style a landmarked 19th-century NYC brownstone that underwent a gut renovation in 2017 in collaboration with lighting studio Coil + Drift. Her rugs bring carefully considered colour blocks to the tastefully modern and muted residence designed for two families.
Kingston Design Showcase, NY
Interior designers Michael Van Nort and Charles Farruggio of FRED High Falls selected Patterson Flynn Martin’s abaca-fibre Foxtrot Domino rug for the dining room in this Hudson Valley designer showhome. The repeating concentric circles, somewhat reminiscent of giant dinner plates in 70s stoneware, look super fresh against the dark walls.
Casa Perfect, Los Angeles
It should go without saying that a private—by appointment only—shopping experience by one of the world’s foremost contemporary design galleries, The Future Perfect, was going to be good if not perfect. Kasthall’s Ines rug provides contrasting textures in the living room of what was, in the 1960s, Elvis Presley’s modernist Beverly Hills abode.
Private residence, Colleyville, Texas
Jen Mauldin, owner and principal of the boutique design firm Mauldin Designs, gracefully placed a bold, oversized pattern centre stage in Colleyville, calling up Tufenkian’s striking Volos Sunburst rug.