Beautiful spaces

April 29, 2022

Five international interiors demonstrate how rugs can transform any space.

There is plenty of proof that a rug can really make a space. From New York to Melbourne, via Paris and Brighton, here we present 5 international interiors where the rug—or in one case, the tufted artwork—really turns the space into something special.

Brighton Pavilion

Slinking flamboyantly down the stairs of the New Romantics collection’s ‘symbolic stage’ is Panthera, one of five designs by the Maximalist pioneer Martin Brudnizki for The Rug Company. Brighton Pavilion is a UK hybrid of neoclassical and Indo-Saracenic architecture; the collection— ‘an abstraction of the natural world’—places decorative emphasis on the rug’s borders. www.therugcompany.com

Melbourne penthouse

The Australian designer Greg Natale placed his Stella rug in custom colours in the dining room of this Toorak-neighbourhood penthouse, which has a decadent Deco feel inspired by a trip to Paris. The rug is part of his upcoming collection for Designer Rugs, with whom he has already collaborated on more than fifty designs. www.designerrugs.com.au

Nashville apartments

Fibre artist Trish Andersen’s 19-panel tufted and woven artwork You Are Here welcomes residents at Broadstone Nations by Studio Architects for Alliance Residential Company. A Makers Space and podcast recording rooms are among the multifamily community’s amenities, with locally commissioned art curated by Hope Cohn Projects. www.trishandersenstudio.com

Parisian store

Creative Matters created 19 bespoke rugs for Yabu Pushelberg’s redesign of the iconic French department store La Samaritaine. Some were hand-tufted in Thailand, while others were produced in China using the Axminster method. www.creativemattersinc.com

NY home

A 1950s ranch house on the Hudson River in upstate New York has been transformed into an idyllic getaway by Ernest de la Torre, founder of de la Torre Design Studio. A silk rug from Fort Street Studio grounds the double-height living space and the sofa is upholstered in a fabric of boiled wool interlaced with black suede by Toyine Sellers. www.fortstreetstudio.com

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