American Design Hot List 2019
New York, crosby-studios.com
Russian-born designer Harry Nuriev has had a swift rise to the top since his launch in 2016 — creating dreamy, pastel-fueled interiors, making brightly colored furniture, and collaborating with everyone from Opening Ceremony to Liam Gillick. At Design Miami this year, Nuriev teamed up with Balenciaga to create a transparent vinyl sofa filled with damaged or deadstock clothing from the brand, in a move that nodded to Nuriev’s interest in sustainability and announced his seat at the forefront of American design.
What is American design to you, and what excites you about it?
American design for me is a combination of technology and modern art. I look at companies like Apple, Tesla, and even Nike and observe how they cross-communicate with Donald Judd’s clean lines and a Shaker house’s sharp spaces. Also I am fascinated by endless American craft design. American design is so diverse.
What are your plans and highlights for the upcoming year?
I have many collaborations in the works for this year that I cannot wait to share with everyone merging fashion, art, and design. 2020 is the start of a new stage in my design language and in my life life. I will be developing more of my career as an artist and will continue to do beautiful interiors.
What inspires or informs your work in general?
My inspiration comes from my Russian Soviet childhood and heritage. I use colors and materials in my projects that I grew up around and that are nostalgic for me. I love to rethink “ugly” furniture and give it a second life.