High-profile designer Dara Huang has launched her own furniture collection.
The founder of acclaimed architecture and interiors firm Design Haus Liberty has unveiled Dara Maison, a range of handcrafted pieces “combining sculptural beauty with functional design” from boucle sofas and marble coffee tables, to velvet armchairs and walnut wood side tables; there is also a bespoke set of “hero” products; the Athena Sofa, the Elephant Chair, Little Monster, and Yin Side Table.
The collection – a collaboration with global entrepreneur and investor Chris Burch – officially launches with product in-stock this month, and pieces will be featuring in various Design Haus Liberty project around the world. A future made-to-order range will offer customers’ own fabric options.
Burch, whose estates in Miami and New York have both been finished with pieces from the collection, said the furniture has a “timeless elegance…which works throughout different rooms, in different styles of homes, from dining rooms through to drawing rooms…the sculptural elements of the furniture appear like pieces of art and match perfectly with the aesthetic”.
Huang’s career began at Foster + Partners and she went on to launch her London-based studio in 2013; the firm’s portfolio of projects includes super-prime residences in Hampstead, Dubai and Lake Garda, and flagship new-build development schemes in the capital, including Greenwich Peninsula and Long & Waterson.
Dara Huang: “Dara Maison represents something that I have always aspired to create, a designer sofa and furniture range produced with beauty and functionality as the defining elements. With innovative, luxurious design that takes its power from its sculptural elements, each piece is created to withstand the test of time.
“Beauty and practicality do not need to be mutually exclusive; a piece of furniture can act like a beautiful piece of art, but also be comfortable and durable – and even child friendly. A place to work or sleep can also serve as a stunning focal piece. The future of designer furniture is in its duality.”