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News Bites: Furniture Design Alum Collaborates with Industry Leading Upholstery Company

Posted October 15, 2014 in AlumniNews BitesFurniture Design

Luxury upholstery company Wesley Hall has long been known for its commitment to quality, passion for comfort, and knack for style that deftly balances the classic with the current. This fall, however, these familiar traits are being bolstered by a fresh direction for the company – namely a bold collaboration with breakout Grand Rapids furniture designer and KCAD alum (’05, Furniture Design) Peter Jacob.

“Wesley Hall with Peter Jacob” will debut on October 18 at the High Point Market in North Carolina, the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world. The collection features clean, crisp, and carefully tailored pieces that showcase Jacob’s eye for detail, his penchant for scale, and his skill with architectural, exposed wood accents. The upholstery in the collection reflects Wesley Hall’s evolution towards a more colorful future.

“Our company is passionate about design. We’re also committed to cultivating new talent in our industry — to pairing our craftsmanship with fresh, new thinking,” said Wesley Hall President Zack Taylor. “This project with Peter is a testament to that, and it’s an exciting indication of how Wesley Hall is growing as a resource for hand-crafted furniture.”

Along with Wesley Hall Creative Director Amy Huff-Oglethorpe, Jacob and Taylor designed the collection over 14 months. Jacob met Taylor a few years ago while working for another high-profile furniture company, and he and Huff-Oglethorpe were Celia Moh Scholars together as undergraduate students.

“The beautiful thing about these relationships is that they were made years ago and in no way did I expect to ever share the professional stage with these two,” said Jacob. “Connections are made in elevators, lobbies and on furniture market buses. That's a wonderful thing about this industry. You'd have to try not to connect with great people like Amy and Zack. Now I'm lucky enough to call them friends and colleagues.”

For more information on Peter Jacob, visit peterjacobkindcreative.com.

For more information on Wesley Hall, visit wesleyhall.com.