Chic decor? The Christopher John Rogers collection
28 October 2022
After dressing celebrities like Tessa Thompson and Jodie Turner-Smith for the Venice Film Festival this year and winning a coveted Council of Fashion Designers of America award at the annual ceremony last year, Christopher John Rogers has established himself as the designer to watch in recent times. His clothing is instantly recognisable, with unapologetically neon hues and playful poppies patterns—motifs you can now bring into the living room thanks to Rogers’ recent launch of a capsule furniture collection with renowned home brand Orior.
As a result of the collaboration, Orior classics are now made with the designer’s collections’ vivid, eye-catching fabrics. It kind of functions as a “greatest hits” collection for both parties, celebrating both well-known furniture pieces and some of Rogers’ most recognisable textiles. For Rogers, developing a new collection for the runway was similar to the creative process. He tells ELLE DECOR, “I like the idea of finding something in between.” Therefore, finding a seamless blend between something extremely extreme and something extremely familiar, almost quotidian, is always important to me when it comes to ready-to-wear.
Four Orior chairs with various fabric upholstery are part of the collection. Rogers has a particular affinity for one of them, the Lia chair, calling it “my favourite piece of furniture I’ve ever sat in or used.” I’m fixated on it. One of the most important patterns from the designer’s collections, Gradient Dot, is used to cast this wingback seat with a Danish influence. With a Rainbow Stripe print and a Rainbow Multi Check linen, respectively, the Mozart chair, which has a set of hefty oak legs as a base, and the Pop chair, which resembles a curvy Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, also receive the ROYGBIV treatment. The Scandi-inspired Andre chair, which Rogers created in a black-and-white Combo Wave Check, stands in stark contrast to the riot of colour.
Together, Rogers’ fabrics give each item a second chance at life while providing a fresh take on well-known patterns. Additionally, they’ll be popular with fans of the designer. Ciaran McGuigan, the creative director of Orior, predicts that the consumer “will be someone who wants a collectable piece.” “We want a Christopher John Rogers in their home, and we want someone who knows the brand. It resembles a piece of art almost.