Knowing the Ropes

Christian Astuguevieille for Holly Hunt

Amy Adams
September 11, 2013

If anyone has earned a spate of laurel resting, it’s Christian Astuguevieille. Names such as Nina Ricci, Rochas and Hermès dot his resume, and if that’s not enough, his is the nose behind the fragrances produced by Comme des Garçons. Yet it’s his curiously beautiful furniture that may ultimately establish his identity beyond such fashionable powerhouses. Inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi and also by furoshiki — the art of wrapping objects in cloth bundles — his tribal-like designs are encased in natural rope and painted cotton cord. Since debuting at the Galerie Yves Gastou in Paris in 1989, these textural creations have found their way into the personal collections of Nate Berkus, Philippe Starck and Bottega Veneta designer Tomas Maier, thus placing Astuguevieille, once again, in good company. For Holly Hunt, to the trade at George Cameron Nash;