Color and texture give us a sense of our surroundings. For example, the different textures of wood, plastic or glass bring varying meanings to a space. It’s not too hard to imagine if every object in a space has the same color, the shape, contour, and proportion of these objects would be amplified and become vividly visible. The fact that different objects, each having their own unique visual and sensory characteristics, can blend so well together in a monochrome space is simply amusing.
Crosby Studios from New York is famed for their playful and contemplative interior designs. Its mastermind and founder, Harry Nuriev, is a Russia-born architect, interior designer, and product designer whose interests spread across the areas of architecture, design, and art. Nuriev’s work is mesmerizing for its extraordinary color palette. In fact, color is the one subject that the designer constantly focuses on and discusses. “It’s very hard to create a new color. The fact is, there are already so many beautiful colors in the world. We just need to discover them.” Nuriev said that he is always in search of colors. He found his pink in Lyon, France, and discovered the light green that he called “Jade” from the façade of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.
Nuriev once said in an interview, “Purple is a very selfish color.” Funnily enough, he outfits his New York apartment with purple accents — purple carpet, purple couch, purple bookshelves etc. For Nuriev, designing his own place means that he can be true to himself as there are no restrictions at all. As if he was painting with a paintbrush, he has created a playful yet solemn interior awash in violet and gray. Nuriev’s apartment is like a showroom where he displays his most candid work. Beyond candidness, one can also see the whimsical side of his work. For example, he has once created a chandelier with Bic’s pen, and the final product is both fun and elegant.
Being unapologetically bold, minimalistic, youthful and witty, Nuriev has become a darling to major fashion labels. He works with NIKE frequently, and two years ago, he teamed up with Balenciaga to create two art pieces for the Design Miami 2019. The Balenciaga Sofa is an environmentally conscious design of a transparent vinyl couch filled with worn and discarded clothing. The Office is a set of retro furniture which includes items such as a lace-covered swivel chair and a hulking corporate copy machine made of wood. Recently, he launched his new lifestyle brand, Crosby Studios Home which features a compelling range of home goods and loungewear that includes chairs, rugs, candles, ceramics, stationary, and more. The collection itself incorporates a play on textures and a dynamic color palette that consists of Nuriev’s favorite and most frequently used colors: blue, green, and gray. Items such as the velour dining chairs, faux fur notebooks, big hand-shaped pillows, sock-shaped rugs, and oversized humanoid body pillows are all unique pieces that showcase the randomness and playful side of pop art. Crosby Studios will soon unveil their ready-to-wear collection in which they will adopt the most iconic colors and a variety of materials. If you wonder how the collection will look, what Nuriev says about color might give you a hint, “It’s like any relationship. You will never know.”
Crosby Studios Home collection is now available at HBX.