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TRNK AT HOME WITH SIMON SPURR |  BY TARIQ DIXON
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 WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO SINCE LEAVING YOUR BRAND?   I was already working with Tommy Hilfiger, consulting on men's runway. But then my contract with them was up, so I took six months off and started some furniture, sculpture, engineering projects, which are still in the works. But now I'm back in the fashion world, designing for Kent & Curwen. It's a British heritage label, but the head office is now here in New York.   When I was presented with the idea of going into a heritage brand, I knew that I would approach it differently. Very few men's heritage brands have gone the route of a Celine or Balenciaga, where they've completely modernized, or re-invented the brand. If I were to design period costumes, and draw solely upon the brand's cricket sweater heritage, it wouldn't be relevant - it's not going to sell. The tricky part for me to is to extract the DNA of the brand, but to make it current.   WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO EXPLORE OTHER ART FORMS DURING YOUR TIME OFF?  This may contribute equally to my success and my struggles in the fashion industry, but I've always considered myself more of an artist than a designer. I've always designed from the heart. Whether it's creating clothing, or curating a home, it has to be very personal. But with the six months, I was able to create works that were truly the purest expression of myself, unconstrained by any sort of market or trend.  The project I started- and am still working on now- uses marble, ostrich skin and brass to create a sculptural form that'll ale be functional. It sort of blurs the line between furniture, sculpture and architecture. It's taking me a little longer than expected, but my goal is to show it in a gallery once it's done      
 YOUR HOME IS VERY RESTRAINED, BUT HAS WARMTH. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE ITS MOOD?   Tranquil. Definitely tranquil. I mean, I live in New York, and I work in Fashion. You know, it's a chaotic, fast-paced environment. We have a saying, “Your home is your castle” and this is sort of my retreat. When I close the door it's very important to me that it's serene, tranquil and away from clutter. I don't like clutter. I can't think in clutter. I don't like to relax in clutter. But with this sort of minimal aesthetic, it can start to feel sterile very quickly. I try to offset that with a little bit of color and warmth.     THIS IS QUITE THE COLLECTION OF MID-CENTURY FURNITURE. HOW DID IT ALL COME TOGETHER?   The furniture is an accumulation of about eight years of collecting. I've had some of it since living in my old apartment in the city, but a lot of it is new additions. I've come to develop certain styles and specific designers that I like. I have a few pieces by Paul McCobb, Milo Baughman and quite a few works by Curtis Jere. Most of these pieces are actually from eBay. Once you know what you like, it's a lot easier to go out looking for it. At forty years old, I kind of feel like I've found the rhythm of my style. These aren't pieces that I'm just going to throw away when I move apartments.
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  “     I've always designed from the heart. Whether it's creating clothing, or curating a home, it has to be very personal.    ”
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  “     When I close the door, it's very important to me that my home is serene, tranquil and away from clutter. I don't like clutter. I can't think in clutter. I can't relax in clutter.    ”
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  “ At forty years old, I kind of feel like I've found the rhythm of my style. These aren't pieces that I'm just going to throw away when I move apartments.”     - Simon Spurr
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