The Webster branches into homeware with new curated collection
The vibrant, colour-saturated world of fashion mecca The Webster branches into a new realm this month with the launch of a new home collection. Under the curatorial guidance of the Parisian architect and designer Stéphane Parmentier, who serves as design director, The Webster’s seasonless collection ranges from glassware, furniture, tabletop and home accessories to lighting, vintage and even a selection of exclusive items, that together form a beautiful expression of taste, craft and emotion that is bound to spark joy with every use.
Representing over 55 brands and designers from around the globe, the objects in The Webster Home collection have been selected not just for their tasteful aesthetic, but their heartfelt narratives. From carefully crafted ceramic stools where the craftsman can only make one a month, to quirky light-up pastries originating from Japan that are made from glazing real baked goods, the offering truly runs the gamut.
‘I’ve tried to find objects with different personalities, sensibilities, kindness and strength,’ Parmentier explains. ‘It was also very important to have what we have in fashion, the ability to mix and match. It’s like life.’
Displayed on the ground floor of The Webster’s New York and Miami boutiques, the collection’s breadth spans ceramics from Arita and the Belgian artist Harvey Bouterse, glassware by Lobmeyr and tea towels by the artist David Shrigley to one-off inclusions like Franz West’s ‘Memphis Chain’ floor lamp, special commissions like Laurence Brabant glassware in an exclusive pink and navy stripe colourway and vintage pieces that Parmentier has found at flea markets. It will continue to expand and grow organically, with many of the items also available to purchase online.
‘Travelling a lot around the world, I always felt there was not really a shop proposing nice things under one roof,’ Parmentier continues. ‘And what I mean by “nice things” is from low to expensive prices, artisanal [objects] to products from big companies – and also [a] curation of things. For example, we have cutlery from Sambonet, but we have only chosen the Gio Ponti range, which is exclusive to us in the United States.’
At the heart of assembling the collection, Parmentier openly shares that his inspiration was The Webster’s founder Laure Hériard Dubreuil herself. ‘The collection is about what I would love to have in my home, and also a reflection of Laure. What I like with The Webster is you hate it, or you love it. And that is what I’m looking for – strong feelings. The in-between, the grey ones are dangerous nowadays.’ §