Natasha Baradaran's New Jewelry-Inspired Furniture Collection

Natasha Baradaran | Lonny.comAs interior designer to such high-wattage Hollywood clients as actress Kate Hudson and director Bryan Singer, L.A.-based Natasha Baradaran is attuned to the value of stealing a scene. So when it came time to launch her debut capsule furniture collection, she wasn't interested in creating chairs or tables that play a supporting role; instead she set her mind to arresting statements with thoughtful details in a range of stone, glass, and gilded finishes. The resulting collection swings from the faceted Pari Pendant light fixture (whose architectural design casts snowflake-shaped shadows on the ceiling when illuminated), to the metallic Cuff Console, an organically shaped perch edged with an ostrich finish. "Each piece is the showstopper or conversation piece of the room," says Baradaran, who cites the work of her Milan-based mother, a noted jewelry designer, as her inspiration. We caught up with the in-demand decorator to get the scoop on her spotlight-worthy project.

What prompted you to get into furniture design?
At this time in my life and at this point in my career, it's about artistic expression and being in a position where I am the client. Even though my projects all reflect me, I’ve spent 15 or 16 years having to answer to someone else, and this is my moment to do what I think I need to do as a creative person.

How is your personal style in this moment influencing your work?
I’m playing with this idea of mixing metals. With my jewelry, I’ll mix rose gold with yellow gold with silver now; whereas, there was a time when I thought everything had to match. In my interiors, you'll see brass with silver with bronze, and before I didn’t have as many layers. We developed a new finish for the collection called Gilver, which blends gold and silver.

Clockwise from top left: Pari Pendant, $11,900; Spila Tables (Small and Large), $5,775 and $6,295; Baguette Coffee Table, $20,475; Pietra Bench, $9,450. Available nationally through Jean de Merry.

In addition to jewelry, are there any other influences that show up in this collection?
Definitely fashion, and the time that I spend in Milan—Italy shows up. What I really like about the way Italians perceive fashion is that there is a timeless quality about it, without it being trendy. As a designer that’s what I’m trying to do: something innovative that won't be dated a year from now. The Italians also pay a lot of attention to their aesthetic detail: whether it’s an espresso spoon or a palazzo, every portion is really thought through. 

From a professional perspective, what design lessons have you taken from your mom?
The fact that she lives her life as a true original. She’s not trying to emulate anyone else; she’s trying to find her voice at every stage of her life. I approach furniture design as she approaches jewelry design—as a work of art.
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