The Nara Collection by Robert Kime and Tory Burch
This spring, Robert Kime and Tory Burch introduced The Nara Collection at Robert Kime, a group of fabrics and a wallpaper inspired by a journey the pair took together to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan in 2019.
Nara, an ancient city and home to some of Japan's oldest temples, shrines and ruins, lends its name to the collection. On their journey, Tory and Robert explored cities and landscapes, taking in historic and symbolic treasures and the area's rich artistic heritage. The collection, comprised of ten digitally printed fabrics, one weave and one wallpaper - marks a collaboration and friendship which solidified over Robert's recent interior design project at Tory and husband Pierre-Yves Roussel’s house in Normandy, France.
In speaking of the collection, Robert Kime states, “I see indigo as Japan’s universal color, so we leaned heavily into the blues. It was a unique experience, digging into the textile history of Japan. Unlike the French and English, there isn’t a lot of organization around the concept of documents in Japan, so we traveled to very out of the way places to look to understand the background and history.
Tory Burch states, “I have always loved Robert’s work. He can make any room look perfectly imperfect. His approach is eclectic and I love how he has no rules, combining objects from different periods. His rooms are cozy, as if they have existed for years. Nothing feels too designed.
We often spoke of our shared love of Japan and decided to plan an inspiration trip together. Traveling with him was delightful. He has a keen ability to see beauty in unexpected ways and I always learn a great deal watching him work. This collection is inspired by our time there, taking in the beauty of the region, its unique traditions, rich artistry and subtle details. It is a celebration of this extraordinary culture.”
Robert Kime Ltd Managing Director Orlando Atty adds: “These new designs and perspectives sit well within the Robert Kime range, giving context to the journey and bringing it to life.”
The new designs will be showcased in NYC at Chelsea Textiles and at Jasper in LA, Ainsworth-Noah in Atlanta, Wells Abbott in Dallas and at Robert Kime in London.
For additional information about The Nara Collection and to request samples from any of our Robert Kime collections please contact Julia in our New York Showroom.
About Robert Kime
Robert Kime, uniquely among interior designers, has risen to eminence in the profession via antique dealing, textile collecting and an abiding passion for putting rooms together in a way that reflects a sense of place and suitability. His three strands of expertise — as an antiques dealer, textile and fabric collector/designer and interior designer co-exist as he creates decorating schemes for an illustrious, discreet and world-wide clientèle. Based in London, Robert works from his eponymous Ebury Street shop and offices, adjacent to London’s Pimlico Road. The company, at large, operates out of offices, workshops and interior design studios in Marlborough, Wiltshire.
About Tory Burch
Tory Burch is an American lifestyle brand that inspires people and empowers women around the world to live in full color with character, beauty and confidence. Launched in February 2004, the collection is classic in spirit with a modern sensibility, embodying the personal style of the company’s Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Tory Burch. From the beginning, the collection included mul- tiple categories ranging from footwear and ready-to-wear to handbags and home. There are more than 300 Tory Burch boutiques across North America, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Australia, and the collection is available at over 3,000 department and specialty stores worldwide and toryburch.com. The brand is dedicated to advancing women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship through the work of the Tory Burch Foundation.