Boy have we been busy with Alejandra Dunphy (B.F.A., interior design, SCAD) these past few months! Alejandra is the designer behind a hand woven rug and pillows collection launching this Spring, which just happens to be a first for Working Class Studio! These hand woven rugs and crewel embroidered pillows bring a sophisticated style to any decor. We sat down with Alejandra to get all the details on how this collection was brought to life.
WCS: Where are you from?
AD: I grew up in Peru.
WCS: Why did you choose to go to SCAD?
AD: I heard about SCAD while I was attending high school in North Carolina. I visited SCAD and fell in love with the college curriculum, historic downtown, buildings, scenery and the weather.
WCS:When did you know you wanted to design home decor and accessories?
AD: I worked for architectural and design firms in Atlanta designing hotels and convention centers. Custom carpet design is key to these facilities. I was challenged to design patterns with a strong theme to almost tell a story and to give a sense of scale to large spaces and corridors. This is where my love for carpet, rug and textile design started. Five years ago I started my design studio AD| Studio in Atlanta specializing in interior design and product design.
WCS: What inspired you to make your collection?
AD: A few years ago I ventured on a collaboration with Peruvian artisans doing a sustainable line of home decor accessories using ancient weaving practices such as a hand-loom, natural dyes and fibers. The goal was to combine new innovative designs with sustainable methods of weaving. This collection is inspired by the Bauhaus movement portraying intersecting shapes, geometrical and abstracted patterns. I looked at work by Bauhaus textile designers from the 1920’s; Anni Albers and Gunta Stolzl. I was intrigued by their use of shapes and color to enhance and differentiate geometrical shapes. The result is a clean line and timeless collection that works for both modern and traditional interiors.
WCS: What have you learned about the design process as a result of working on this collection?
AD: Having a strong concept is the key to a successful product or collection.
WCS: What designers or design studios inspire you?
AD: I admire the work by Ray and Charles Eames, Eileen Gray, and Eero Saarinen.
WCS: What are your future plans?
AD: I would like to continue to work on collaborations and licensing my designs to the carpet, textile and furniture industry, both residential and commercial markets.