RIGHT AT HOME: In the two years since he started his own label, Arthur Arbesser has swiftly made a name for himself and now the Milan-based designer is lending his skill to the cult-like home design consortium Hem.
A 2015 LVMH Prize finalist, Arbesser took on the creative director role at Iceberg earlier this year. Five months after launching his collection in 2013, he won Vogue Italia’s and Altaroma’s “Who Is On Next” competition. For Hem, the Viennese Arbesser has created eight different throw blankets, including a few that take a playful approach to melding contemporary architecture with his Austrian upbringing. Incorporating geometrical patterns — Arch and Stripe — the throws are made of 100 percent wool and retail for $120 or $150. Another borrows from the stylized repetition of Italian architecture from the Thirties. Launched internationally on Hem’s site, his throws will be delivered in the U.S. in roughly five weeks. Shoppers can also find them in the Hem store in Berlin, as well as its pop-up store in London.
Founded last year by Jason Goldberg and Petrus Palmér, Hem aims for “Designs That Inspire” by offering furniture, lighting, accessories, rugs and other home decor items. Goldberg is a proven e-tailer, having also started Fab before moving on to Hem.
In a promotional video, Arbesser said the new alliance “represents the spirit of the world of Hem. But at the same time it’s very true to my own world so I think that’s the perfect outcome for a collaboration.”
He isn’t the only designer with a new home-related collaboration. Christian Lacroix’s creative director Sacha Walckhoff has teamed with Savoir Beds. The “B” bed by Sacha Walckhoff for Savoir features podlike cubby-holes and a headboard made entirely of pocket springs, upholstered in “Powder” blue Novasuede by Alcantara, which is more commonly used for car, aircraft and yacht interiors.