Kevin O’Brien of Kevin O’Brien Studio is one of the extraordinary designers we collaborate with to bring new ideas for color, texture, and simply interesting concepts to rug design. When Kevin and I met a few years back, we knew immediately that we should work together.
We reconnected last week at High Point Market and had an amazing time.
We unveiled, what I personally think, is Kevin’s most interesting collection for Capel Rugs to-date. My favorite is Constantinople in Adriatic
See the entire collection at at Capel Rugs and a few more images below. I wanted to share with you a conversation Kevin and I had last week about his work and thoughts on rug styles.
How is Kevin O’Brien Studio interpreting new trends?
Many of the new trends play perfectly into our strengths. We see a lot of watercolor effects, gemstones, and geodes trending. We like to think that the rich jewel tones applied to our velvets helped usher some of those concepts into home decor recently.
Where do you get the ideas that make your personal brand so appealing?
Almost all of what we design is also made by us. It all starts in our large test studio. As a painter, I spend most of my time mixing colors and trying out new ways of putting them on fabrics.
Since I cannot make my own rugs, I am really lucky to have friends at Capel. One of the best ways to experience color is in a rug because it is so deep and rich.
What’s your thought on the future of traditional, transitional, and contemporary designs?
I think the differences are important to maintain and are there because they serve very different sectors of the consuming population. Contemporary gets most of the attention because we all like to see what’s new, but traditional is not going away.
If anything, I believe that contemporary will fragment into many varied styles because modern life is changing so fast. I expect to see traditional contemporary as well as Avant-garde as descriptors in the near future.
Where do you hope to take Kevin O’Brien Studio in the future?
I am passionate about beautiful product. I spend most of my time running the business, but the motivation is the creation of designs that will cause delight and amazement.
Twenty years ago, I started with selling hand-painted scarves. Today, our line includes a little bit of everything.
Please take a look at what Kevin and his studio team have done for Capel Rugs.
Caravan Constantinople, Sky, and Grey Dusk