// RO­MANCE ME!

DE­SIGN STAR BAR­LAS BAY­LAR CAME BACK FROM GREECE WITH MORE THAN A LOUSY T-SHIRT. IN­SPIRED BY THE MED, HE’S DE­LIV­ERED A MAG­I­CAL COL­LEC­TION FOR RH.

Capitol File - - CONTENTS - BY OUSSAMA ZAHR

De­sign star Bar­las Bay­lar came back from Greece with more than a lousy T-shirt. In­spired by the Med, he has de­liv­ered a mag­i­cal col­lec­tion for RH.

Bar­las Bay­lar is renowned for his live-edge din­ing ta­bles, which sell for tens of thou­sands of dol­lars out of his Brook­lyn, NY, stu­dio, Hud­son Fur­ni­ture. But rather than do an ob­vi­ous it­er­a­tion of that con­cept for his first-ever out­door col­lec­tion, he has em­braced nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als in a dif­fer­ent way with the Aviara daybed for Restora­tion Hard­ware. The weath­ered teak is still the star, but so are the reams and reams of bil­low­ing fab­ric. We got the scoop from Bay­lar about how it all came to­gether.

The in­spi­ra­tion: “Mykonos is known for its flat-roof cu­bic ar­chi­tec­ture, which is sim­plis­tic and hum­ble with clean style,” says Bay­lar. “It is truly in­spir­ing with tran­quil and mag­i­cal views [and] a re­laxed, in­for­mal cul­ture. In­evitably, my in­spi­ra­tion [came] while spend­ing time in such an en­vi­ron­ment.” Al­lur­ing ge­ome­tries: “The clean lines are sim­ple but charm­ing and warmly en­velop­ing,” says the de­signer, who wants peo­ple to “nes­tle into the modern de­sign.” The ma­te­ri­als: Bay­lar in­sisted on sourc­ing sus­tain­ably har­vested teak—so you can clear your mind and your con­science. In­side ver­sus out­side: When de­sign­ing for the out­doors, says Bay­lar, his fo­cus was on “en­sur­ing the har­mo­nious co­ex­is­tence of modern fur­ni­ture and its nat­u­ral sur­round­ings—dis­creetly blend­ing them [so] as not to dis­tract from the beauty and tran­quil­ity of na­ture.” $6,795, 1222 Wis­con­sin Ave. NW, 202-625-2771; rh.com

“THE CLEAN LINES ARE SIM­PLE BUT CHARM­ING AND WARMLY EN­VELOP­ING.”—BAR­LAS BAY­LAR

Restora­tion Hard­ware’s Aviara daybed was in­spired by Bar­las Bay­lar’s time in Mykonos.

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