American Design Hot List 2014
New York, home-nyc.com
After an incredibly prolific year designing the interiors of New York’s hippest restaurants and bars, Evan and Oliver Haslegrave of hOmE are gearing up to put their focus on furniture design.
What is American design to you, and what excites you about it?
American design to us is integrated with location and production — where and how it’s made. It’s most exciting to us when it’s directly informed by the neighborhood of the project/studio and by the process with which it’s made, where the neighborhood and process are part of the design rather than tangential (or unrelated) to it.
What are your plans and highlights for the upcoming year?
We’re designing several new projects, including:
—Sisters, a bar/restaurant in Clinton Hill, opening in October 2014
—1133 Manhattan, an apartment building in Greenpoint we’re having 28 paintings made for, almost all from Brooklyn artists, opening in November 2014
—Dos Caminos, a new restaurant in the W Hotel in Times Square, opening in 2015
—Our first residential project, in downtown Las Vegas, completed in 2015
We’ve also begun projects in Nolita, Cobble Hill, and Williamsburg, all of which are opening next year.
What inspires your work in general?
Travel is always informative and inspiring. Recently we were inspired by Salvador Dali’s home in Barcelona, the Borgo Santo Pietro hotel in Tuscany, the cathedral in Sienna, the Borghese gallery in Rome, and Grenada in Nicaragua. We’re always looking for new art and architecture, on any scale. Materials, too: Our approach is materials-based, and though it’s always evolving, there are certain materials we will always work with and be inspired by, like reclaimed wood, stone, leather, mirror, and steel. Also sourcing — finding the unexpected, or using the everyday in unexpected ways, has always been integral to our work (especially if it somehow involves travel).