PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.–Safavieh will celebrate the release of interior designer Thomas O’Brien’s first book, American Modern, with a book signing and reception on Monday, April 19, during High Point Market next month. The event will take place in the Courtyard at Market Square from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
O’Brien was the first personality to design a collection for Safavieh, and has since released three for the company, with styles ranging from classic Art Deco linear motifs to abstract Moroccan geometrics. Scheduled for release next month, the book focuses on the modernism of his work, and is divided into seven chapters, each with an in-depth study of one home and one variation of modern style.
“I’m drawn to patterns that are versatile, that might look more traditional in a modernist room or more innovative next to traditional, period furnishings,” said O’Brien. “I didn’t want to do very plain, unembellished rugs for my Safavieh collection—what’s modern to me isn’t austerity, it’s just a sharper focus on shape and line, scale and coloration, and a revealing of the character of the material itself.”
Arash Yaraghi, principal, Safavieh, added, “Thomas O’Brien pioneered the style of warm modernism, and his talent for linking the best of traditional and modern design elements makes his rug collections for Safavieh unique and highly salable.”