Collaboration across disciplines and cultures can elevate even the most humble of items. For menswear designer Emily Bode and furniture studio Green River Project LLC cofounders Aaron Aujla and Ben Bloomstein, whose Collection III launched last week during New York Fashion Week: Men’s, that form this time around was the simple folding screen, which got new life from historic references and modern collaboration.
Collection III began with a 1930s era screen, which struck Bode as the perfect way to synthesize her skill with textiles and Aujla’s Indian heritage. The resulting collection mines Aujla’s personal family history for references, exploring bamboo and other natural materials as well as handwoven Khadi cloth in silk and cotton, Bengalese embroidery, and referential iconography like birds and dancing figures. It’s a quiet evolution from the trio’s previous collaborative effort, a collection of 12” stools made of found African mahogany with Bode-upholstered cushions in various prints that showed at Collective Design. (That launch was fêted by gallerist and AD stylist Michael Bargo at an event where guests – including Athena Calderone, Camilla Deterre, and Ashley Olsen – each walked away with their own stool.)
A pattern entitled “Dancing People” graces another screen.