Photographs courtesy of Schwartz Design Showroom
Above left: The Marlin chair. right: Eric Kuster
Living under the marquee of Metropolitan Luxury, world-renowned Dutch interior designer ERIC KUSTER is known for creating lush yet livable spaces defined by an impeccable blend of classic and modern elements. To the delight of Kuster’s fans in Fairfield and Westchester counties and beyond, SCHWARTZ DESIGN SHOWROOM has exclusive to-the-trade representation of the Eric Kuster Collection of furniture and textiles in the Tri-State area, including Connecticut, New Jersey and New York counties north of New York City. This means the local design community now has access to Kuster’s chic furniture and sumptuous fabric lines in both Schwartz’s Stamford and New Jersey locations.
For Schwartz owner Alexis Varbero, the partnership was the perfect match right from the start. “It was almost serendipitous how it all came together,” she says. “I felt that Eric’s sophisticated take on luxury would be a really good fit for our designers and their clientele. He brings in beautiful textiles but keeps things very tonal, making it more about texture than about popping color or pattern.”
Kuster’s persona is just as appealing as his aesthetic and creative vision. “Eric is super-successful and has a great brand and image, but he’s also so down-to-earth,” Varbero says. “When we met, he came in pulling his suitcase, wearing ripped jeans, and he was so low-key. We just hit it off—we were both very much on the same page.”
This partnership is good news for anyone craving luxe, high-end, European-style pieces. Options featured on the floor at Schwartz include Kuster’s plush Belgraves chaise lounge, his generously sized Conran pouffe and his sleek Soho side table. “I tried to pick pieces that had multiple items available within those collections,” says Varbero, “so if you love the desk and the finish, then the dining room table is going to be perfect for you.”
Those hunting for the perfect textile will also find plenty to choose from in Kuster’s line. With the selection ranging from lightweight sheers for window treatments to upholstery-weight fabrics, Schwartz carries his entire line and has large hanging samples, books and memo samples on hand.
Designers will also be happy to know that lead times are only twelve to fourteen weeks for furniture and seven to ten business days for textiles, and that includes delivery to the home. “The lead times are great, which means designers can work his pieces into their clients’ floor plans and lives without having to wait half a year to enjoy them,” says Varbero. “We really wanted to provide local options so designers don’t feel like they have to run into the city every time they’re sourcing a more contemporary frame or different type of line.”