The Story of Vanderhurd
Only a month after graduating from the esteemed Winchester Art College, Christine Van Der Hurd begins designing textiles for Osborne & Little, Libertys, Etro and Yves Saint Laurent and other prestigious clients, under the name Christine Van.
Design in New York
Christine’s success as a textile designer follows her to New York City where her work is commissioned by many designers, including Angelo Donghia and Jack Lenor Larsen.
After designing and producing a one-off carpet, Christine experiences a revelation that becomes an all-enveloping inspiration for her eponymous bespoke textile design firm.
New Partnerships and Commissions
Christine sets up her atelier at Modern age—a semispecialist gallery representing new, acclaimed designers—in partnership with David Hurd. While focusing on European modern furniture design, she helps to launch names such as Tom Dixon, Ron Arad and Danny Lane. Her rugs were displayed during this period and as a result she begins to receive commissions from leading interior designers and architects, such as Beyer Binder Belle, Pentagram and Gensler. Christine has continued with prestigious collaborations to this day.
Innovation and Experimentation
Christine’s son, Jasper, joins Vanderhurd and manages the New York office while Christine runs London. They frequently travel to India and Nepal to gain inspiration, and experiment with new materials and techniques. In the six years of their collaboration, Jasper brings new energy and enthusiasm to Vanderhurd. A talented and prolific designer in his own right, he introduces revolutionary techniques and contributes incalculably to the company’s success.
Jasper passes away tragically in a motorcycle accident in upstate New York. Leaving behind an extensive archive of design concepts and construction techniques, an extraordinary legacy that Vanderhurd continues to develop to this day.
Christine collaborates with her son in law Jacob Van Horn, the New York Studio Director on a collection. It is a first for Vanderhurd, a body of work which stays true to their design principles but breaks out into fresh territory. The collection comprises of two flat weave designs: the first, Amelia Truss – is a sumac, woven with linen; the second, Jasper Waffle, woven with 100% natural wool.