Arthur Arbesser’s work might be better known on the Italian catwalk than the living room sofa, but this collaboration with luxury homeware designers Hem makes perfect sense. In Arbesser’s fashion, a crucial element is always the material used (recall the vegan suede used in the summer 2015 ready to wear collection) – and when is material more important than when it’s sole function is to be snuggled?
Since starting his eponymous fashion brand two years ago, Arbesser has firmly established a bold, personal aesthetic, which is evident in these luxurious throws.
Choose from two bravely geometric patterns: the reversible ‘Arch’ design is reminiscent of highly stylised art deco tiling, whereas the vibrant blocks in ‘Stripe’ echo the graphic, multicolour prints of Arbesser’s womenswear. Importantly, both patterns are perfectly soft, as they’re made from 100 per cent New Zealand wool.
There is also something of an architectural feel to these throws. Not only in their structural patterns, but in the way they can be draped over plain furniture, adding warmth and depth to any room. The thickness of the wool is paramount here: each fold is dramatic and undulating, creating a waving effect that beautifully counteracts the strict linearity of the patterns.
Arbesser’s designs are known for their wearability. He brings a certain luxury and boldness to the basics, so it seems completely seamless for him to team up with Hem to create these highly stylish, yet comfortable homeware pieces.