In our world, new collections take time. Aside from inspiration-seeking and ideation, the logistics of producing premium quality, American-made furniture using only natural, domestic materials takes years to get just right.
But one way we do have an opportunity to explore more ephemeral sources of inspiration and seasonality is with color and upholstery. It also lets us expand and reinvigorate existing work through a new lens without overproducing. When we first designed Rugosa, we were coming off of our annual stay at the Rhode Island home for which the collection is named. The colors and textures reflect the ease and brightness of summer, and nod to the salt-crusted rocky shores and apricot sunsets of Narragansett.
For the new fall collection of colors, we were inspired, as ever, by natural materials that feel good against skin and balance sturdiness with softness. We chose a mohair crafted by the oldest continuous manufacturer of woven velvets that traces its history to the invention of the double shuttle loom. Our premium Belgian linens come from a fifth-generation, family-run manufacturer with 160 years of experience.
In exploring a new color story, we gravitated towards hues that channeled depth and intrigue. Rich, tactile choices — a saturated blue lazurite, a green that recalls Oaxacan cactus gardens, an umber mohair that exudes warmth — are drawn from the world of antiquities and serve as an ode to the comfort of cozy evenings and crisp mornings. While Rugosa’s core colors (Egg, Apricot, and Oatmeal) sprung from the breezy feelings we associate with summer, this new collection was born from the artistic contents of the house itself. We imagined digging through the many bookshelves bursting with old volumes containing plates of Renaissance and Baroque art, and reading histories of the world’s earliest pigments and colors as we sipped a steaming cup of tea. As we welcome the fall and winter seasons, we hope this new collection of colors invites inward reflection amidst a worldly set of references.
The Rugosa collection is now available in Yves, Nopal, Umber, as well as Egg, Apricot, and Oatmeal.