October 2012 – This Fall High Point Market, fashion designer Alexander Julian teams up with antique furniture manufacturer Jonathan Charles to create a capsule collection of case goods inspired by his famous menswear designs. Translating his signature vision of rich textiles and dynamic colors into his furniture collection, each item from the 12-piece collection embodies sartorial elements, from bowties to blazer buttons.
“I’ve always been captivated by the beauty of Jonathan Charles’ artistry with wood and their ability to highlight rich nuances, from the smallest wood grains to the most intricate inlaid wood designs,” explains Julian of his decision to collaborate with the company. “I worked with [head designer] Jonathan Sowter to produce a custom collection of tables and chests that seamlessly blends my fashion philosophy and Jonathan Charles’ expertise. The starting point was my signature blazer suit – the ultimate classic for wardrobe versatility. From there, the collection really took off.”
Using rich materials, Jonathan Charles’ skilled artisans handcraft every piece, infusing the brand’s signature elements–églomisé (painted glass), marquetry (inlaid wood) – to execute Julian’s vision and to elevate each piece to a high art. From whimsical bowtie designs to subtle interpretations of herringbone, Alexander Julian merges fashion and furniture design into brilliant statements for the home, redefining ‘haute couture’.
BLAZER CHESTS (494782-494784)
Inspired by the ultimately versatile piece, the timelessly fashionable Blazer chest translates the sartorial
classic into a chic dresser chest. Featuring authentic hand-made Italian blazer buttons translated into handle pulls, Julian uses his signature navy color as an all-over lacquer for the Navy Blazer chests-- available as tall and low-- and Jonathan Charles’ marquetry skills for his Herringbone Blazer Chest.
BOWTIE COFFEE TABLE (494796)
With the bowtie being such a small but defining statement for an outfit, Julian translates the idea into a coffee table with a whimsical twist. Each diagonal stripe is hand-inlaid wood, demonstrating the artistry of Jonathan Charles’ woodwork. Finished with wrought iron legs, the Bowtie Coffee Table is the ideal small space accessory that is both functional and conversation provoking.
NECKTIE COFFEE TABLE (494785)
One of Alexander Julian’s favorite items in menswear is the necktie, which provided the inspiration for the Necktie Coffee Table. Similar to the Bowtie Coffee Table, the Necktie also plays with inlaid wood patterns in an asymmetric manner to demonstrate the similarity between the fashion version and the furniture version.
HERRINGBONE TABLES (494791-494793)
Inspired by the artistic woodwork of Jonathan Charles and the classic organic design, Julian designed a subtle herringbone plaid pattern on the edges and tabletops that resembles its menswear original. An overall
minimalist look, the piece – available as a coffee, side, or console table – simultaneusly shows off Jonathan Charles’ ingenious marquetry skills and reflects Julian’s ideology that fashion can be successfully infused into home décor in many ways.
ÉGLOMISÉ TABLES (494789-494790)
Inspired by a vintage table in Paris, the églomisé side and coffee tables showcase hand-painted glass tabletops in a paisley design commonly found on Julian’s ready-to-wear textiles. The tables extend the theme throughout the entire design with similarly ornate wood carvings on the sides that exude romanticism.
NESTING TABLES (494787-494788)
Julian incorporates different colors and textures for each layer to create multi-dimensionality. A combination of tables in rich mahogany, antique silver candlesticks and colorful lacquer hues creates a visually striking design that will inject color into any room. Available in mahogany with regimental shades-- British Navy, Bottle Green, Royal Purple, and Vintage Burgundy-- and a light wood finish with soft pastels-- Aqua, Mauve, Mint, and Pink Cloud-- these nesting tables are showstoppers in any setting.
About the Designer:
Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture is the vision of Jonathan Sowter, an English furniture designer who excels at the art of fine antique reproduction. Though Jonathan draws inspirations from original antiques he discovers in his travels, his unique twists create contemporary translations of vintage treasures. With a keen eye for the smallest details, Jonathan employs traditional, hand-crafted techniques to create the most visually-stunning and intricate designs. As Jonathan always says, “It’s all in the detail…”