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Publication Date: 2019-02-25

Design Insights

Windsor Smith Shares Her Greatest Hits

Los-Angeles designer to the stars Windsor Smith launches a collection of bespoke pieces that are both effortlessly of-the-moment and timelessly chic. Here she picks six favorites from her Opus by Windsor Smith line, and tells why she considers each to be essential.

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Known for the relaxed, yet crisp, style that has made her a favorite of Hollywood stars and hedge-fund titans, Windsor Smith has crafted beautifully layered rooms for decades. The author of Homefront: Design for Modern Living, she has designed an array of licensed products for such leading companies as Kravet, Arteriors, Mansour Modern, Jamie Beckwith Collection, and Century Furniture. Now she has distilled her experience into Opus by Windsor Smith, her first private label collection of seating, sofas, tables, and chairs designed over the years for her own projects, but that will work in a wide variety of homes. These are her greatest hits, the silhouettes she loves – and that have brought glamour and livable luxury to her clients year after year. Here, she describes the thinking behind six of her most versatile pieces.

THE SANTANDER

The Santander has a place in every one of my projects. I love the mix when it is placed with other chairs around a dining table, or when it is on its own as a stand-alone piece in a salon-style living space. And this chair has some serious curves! The attention to detail in the metalwork and the pairing with leather allow this piece to be used at her vanity or in his study. How many chairs can do that?

THE GREYSTONE SOFA

There is no sofa more welcoming than one that your house guests can crash on! I use this sofa in every project, and it has become one of my staple, go-to pieces of upholstery. The deep seat allows you to sink in—preferably with a cocktail in hand—and truly relax. The hammered metal legs give this otherwise classic, effortless piece a little something extra.

THE BELEM TOWER

This tower is capital-letter chic. The metalwork gives it a jewelry quality, while the mirror shelves and leather-wrapped bottom cabinet add a subtle glam element, without it taking over a room. There is plenty of space for accessories or for displaying books—and concealed storage for everything else you want out of sight. I often use this piece in a living room or study because the height gives it a natural presence and elevates the feel of everything that is placed on its shelves.

AMSTERDAM

I just love a chair that sucks you in, hugs you, and never lets you leave! The pitch of the back is perfect, and the seat is deep and sumptuous. This chair stuns from every angle. My entire design philosophy centers around creating spaces that invite conversation, and the placement of furniture that allows it. This chair was designed to float in a room instead of being shoved in a corner in a more traditional configuration. The Amsterdam lends itself to that kind of interaction in every way.

 

THE WILSHIRE BED

Why is it so hard to find a really great bed? And every project needs several of them! My Wilshire bed was a reaction to the frustration of trying to find a beautifully upholstered silhouette that had a delicate curve without being overly feminine. The headboard is the perfect height to perch your head on to read, but not so high as to take up the entire wall. 

THE SWEDE

I am always looking for a great lounge chair that swivels, which is what inspired me to design the Swede. It has become one of my go-to occasional chairs for virtually every project because it really has it all—beauty, comfort and it moves! I use this chair in bedrooms, living rooms, sitting rooms—everywhere. I prefer them as a pair, because they are the perfect chairs for a long conversation.

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