Crosby Studios has just released a bold new collection of furniture, with each and every item in a potent and powerful shade of purple. The monochromatic collection features one additional surprise: the repetition of the hand shape in many of its pieces.
Crosby Studios was founded by designer Harry Nuriev and is currently located in both New York City and Moscow. Originally from Russia, the company expanded into the United States after its considerable success abroad. They produce not only custom furniture and interior designs, but also “art objects” that have been featured in prominent publications like Vogue and Elle. Crosby Studios has gone on to work with large companies such like Nike and ASICS, but they continue to do residential work as well.
The all-purple collection was first revealed at NYCxDESIGN, an annual celebration of the latest achievements in design. It includes many surreal pieces, such as side tables made with misshapen legs, a chair that looks as if you are sitting in the palm of a bright purple hand, and a wire clothing rack bent into a similar hand shape. At NYCxDESIGN, the side tables were stacked on top of one another to show how they could be used to create tall, contorted towers. Less blatant but still a bit shocking are the collection’s fur-covered chair and long rug, which itself has been formed into no apparent shape. The collection also includes lighting fixtures with long thin arms and outstretched purple hands.
Not many designers would be so bold as to pair this color with such a recognizable motif as a hand. Nuriev briefly explained the idea behind this concept: “The collection embodies an anatomical theme with playful, cartoon-like figurative abstraction and appendage-like constructions.”
The collection’s anatomical theme was partially inspired by a chair designed by Pedro Friedeberg, which also took on the shape of a hand. Nuriev actually owns a replica of that chair, stumbling upon it outside his apartment in New York City. The idea of hand shaped furniture has been explored by other artists before, and Nuriev considered many of those pieces while designing his own collection.
The set is currently on display in two locations: Collective Concept’s exhibition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and the Opening Ceremony storefront in NYC. Since the designs are being showcased in a retail location, Nuriev has also created a few small pieces that can be bought on the spot, including t-shirts, vases, and tote bags.
This furniture set may not be for everyone, but that’s actually the point! Surreal art is made for those who value absurdity and ridiculousness in the most unexpected settings. This youthful collection would go great in a child’s room, but it could also bring some much-needed excitement to a standard contemporary home.
If you’re looking for furniture that is still architectural and artistic but toned down a bit, you can check out Crosby Studios’ first collection of steel chairs and shelving. That collection comes in pink, black, and gold, and it maintains a much more minimal style while still incorporating sculptural touches.
All photographs by Mikhail Loskutov