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April 25 2014

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2 posts tagged "Established & Sons"

Feeling Quilt-y With Gwyneth And Co. At Established & Sons

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Immediately following the Burberry spectacle, Gwyneth Paltrow and Liv Tyler, loyal besties that they are, decamped to Alasdhair Willis’ Established & Sons show in London’s tony St. James. (Mr. Willis is, of course, Mr. Stella McCartney.) A sort of furniture curator, Willis seeks out forward-thinking designers whose work he then exhibits under the auspices of his company. Trust us, this is no Pottery Barn. It’s actually not much more expensive, but miles more enlightened. A highlight of the night’s exhibition was Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Quilt. Let’s put it this way: Remember that favorite quilted down coat that you pulled out when it was really, really cold—partly for protection, partly for comfort, and a little bit for fashion? This collection was the furniture equivalent. In essence: the best puffa sofa ever. What better way for Gwynnie, Liv, and the rest of the bunch to recover from a serious bout with a battalion of front-row flashes?

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we interrupt fashion month for some design talk

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It’s easy, during fashion week, to lose one’s compass a bit and get lost in a sea of discussions about sleeve details, button choices, and fabrics. So it’s refreshing to be reminded that the outside world continues to exist and things do go on other than clothes—for example, the London Design Festival, which was all the excuse furniture line Established & Sons needed to host a dinner at its new North London space last night. Company head Alasdhair Willis and his wife, Stella McCartney, greeted and chatted with guests, but then the Missus, elegant in a white jacket and scraped-back hair, left to attend the British Vogue dinner hosted by Alexandra Shulman. Pity, she missed a great meal. The spare, almost proletarian concrete building managed to come off as a showpiece rather than a showroom, with loos complete with showers, chairs placed precariously on the walls, and an unusual display of rearview mirrors. Said Willis: “In England we have these tiny little rearview mirrors and see this bird’s-eye view of the road. When you go to America, it always impresses me how huge rearview mirrors are—larger than life. I guess it was our own little way to comment on proportions and depth perceptions.”

Photo: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images