Christine Van Der Hurd
Christine Van Der Hurd is admired as one of the most creative minds in the industry. Over 35 years, her success has taken her into the ateliers of some of the world’s leading designers and architects, including Beyer Binder Belle, Pentagram, and Gensler, Selldorf Architects. She has collaborated on collections for Cappellini, Liberty London and Louis Vuitton, and worked with India Jane Birley on the carpeting for Annabel’s and designer Kit Kemp of Firmdale Hotels.
Vanderhurd designs are part of the collections of several museums, including The Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Christine has been inspired by many different cultures, schools of thought and countries, from her father’s antique stores on Portobello Road to the Modernist movement, V&A museum and trips to Spain and Morocco.
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.
Isolde Jaspard Mandy
Our craft is our focus
Vanderhurd has continued to grow by maintaining an uncompromising standard of quality and respecting the men and women who craft our textiles, rugs and dhurries.
We seamlessly integrate technical and creative thinking
Christine’s in depth understanding of the art of weaving allows her to think creatively and technically at the same time. The challenges of the manufacturing process inspire and drive the evolution of the initial concepts. Her designs are focused on the powerful integration of timeless rhythmic patterns and bold colours and textures.
We collaborate with the best artisans and craftsmen
Vanderhurd has been working in partnership with extremely talented and experienced artisans in India and Nepal for over 30 years. These individuals are master craftsmen from skilled families, performing an ancient art that has been passed down through the generations. The company’s reputation for exceptional quality and craftsmanship is founded on these longstanding relationships.
We use only the best materials
We only work with the finest materials, using special processes to achieve the best results.
We believe colour should be natural
One of the greatest differentiators between Vanderhurd and mass produced products is that we do not bleach any of our yarns white before dying them.
Our London studio is located in Notting Hill, on the Portobello Road.
Once the largest antique market in England, the eclectic neighborhood remains a stimulating environment with many bars and restaurants in and amongst the market traders.
17 Portobello Road
Kensington London W11 3DA
+44 207 313 5400