Fashion and furniture designer Sam Klemick’s new line, Collection Two, began with a film recommendation from a friend. “They put me onto this French New Wave film called Last Year at Marienbad,” she tells ELLE DECOR. “There’s this really beautiful scene where they look out on a huge, serene topiary garden.” These elegant silhouettes served as inspiration for Klemick’s latest furnishings, namely for their bulbous, geometric frames rendered in solid wood.

a wavy bench with large round wooden feet next to a wood side table in a white room
The Wavy Bench, which is made with upcycled building beams, next to the Cutie side table.
Photography by Brian Guido, Styling by Samantha Margherita

Collection Two includes a side table, a stool, a bench, and two chair designs. Their most distinct feature, in addition to their rotund wooden frames, is the cushy, oversized upholstery. Klemick cites Maison Margiela’s iconic 1999 duvet jackets as another inspiration, a muse that gives each piece a lilting, dreamlike quality. The fashion reference is no coincidence, either—Klemick’s résumé includes design roles at Guess, Free People, Rag & Bone, and now Paige.

“There’s just so much that’s already created and that’s just going to be thrown away.”

Despite all of the fashion world’s inherent glamour, the topic of waste and sustainability remains a persistent one; eco-consciousness, then, is integral to Klemick’s furniture. “In my mind there’s no reason for me to do this unless I’m using recycled materials,” she says. “There’s just so much that’s already created and that’s just going to be thrown away.” As a result, all of the pieces in Collection Two are made with wood salvaged from construction sites, as well as deadstock fabrics.

a black and white chair with large cushions next to a black stool in a white room
Sam Klemick’s color-blocked Nap chair and Cutie stool demonstrate her textile-design background.
Photography by Brian Guido, Styling by Samantha Margherita

Textile design was yet another source of creative ideas. Klemick researched Amish quilting techniques, as well as the colorful work of legendary designer Gere Kavanaugh. M.C. Escher was also a reference point, all of which informed the pinwheel motifs and color-blocked accents in the final products. “It’s definitely evolved a bit,” says Klemick of how the new collection relates to her previous work. “I paid more attention to textiles and to creating a more unique visual language.”

Helena Madden
Associate Market Editor

Helena Madden is ELLE DECOR’s associate market editor, and covers all things product and trend, from flatware and furnishings to kitchen and bath. She previously worked as a staff writer at Robb Report, where she covered luxury news with a focus on interior design.