19 September 2008

Laura Kirar for McGuire.

While I am not a huge fan of wicker and rattan furniture, I must admit that McGuire furniture does it quite well. In fact, their team of star interior designers have created some of the most beautiful indoor and outdoor collections that use a variety of materials that include rattan, wood, bronze and a host of other materials. I am especially fond of the work designer Laura Kirar has done for McGuire. Here are just a few snapshots of furnishings from the collection. It is definitely worth a look if this type of furniture is for you.

Working with a straightforward mix of rattan, wood and antique bronze, Laura Kirar has created a transitional collection for McGuire that exudes a harmonious balance of texture and proportion. Inspired by mid-century aesthetics, her design vision combines a deep appreciation for materials and craftsmanship, a rare passion for history, and thoughtful, contemporary executions. The Laura Kirar Collection exhibits the timelessness, handcraftsmanship and detail that imbue all of Kirar's designs, while the individual silhouettes make a decidedly bold, contemporary statement using McGuire's signature materials. By referencing the past they achieve a contemporary look and fit comfortably within McGuire's long history of timeless design and classic materials.

Multidisciplinary designer Laura Kirar completed her degree in sculpture and interior architecture at the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She then began to work with high profile designers such as Ralph Lauren on furniture, lighting and tabletop items. In 1999, she founded the New York City design firm, Tru Design. Under her creative direction, the company has completed high-end residential and commercial interiors throughout the east coast. Kirar successfully connects talented designers, accomplished artists, and knowledgeable craftsmen with her design philosophy and innovative objectives.

In regard to her collection for McGuire she says, "I strive to maintain an elegant balance, effectively mixing modernist sensibility with classic details and proportions. With McGuire, my desire to design only with substantial materials and superior craftsmanship was easily achieved. Our collaboration has produced not only a beautiful collection but design with integrity."

Designer Laura Kirar