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. New York at the time was intense, edgy, creative and chaotic.
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. Her first commission was for Martha Fellows whose architectural practice who came into the gallery, saw her designs and commissioned two rugs for the directors’ headquarters at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in Florida.
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.
Christine reconnects with Annie Leibovitz, who took several portraits of her in exchange for help decorating her apartment. The friendship inspired Christine to start a well loved photography collection, including Annie Leibovitz, Tim Walker, Sarah Moon and Jet Swan to name a few.
David instroduces Christine to James Mansour who then commissioned her to design all the rugs and fitted carpets for Henri Bendels flagship store on Fifth Avenue, NYC. She then went on to design the carpets for 3 other Bendels stores.
Up until now Christine’s rugs have been tufted in the US and Philippines, but in 1991 Chrisitne takes her first trip to India to produce her first collection of hand knotted rugs and dhurries.
Christine works with many of the top interior designers in NY creating bespoke rugs for many residential and commercial spaces, hand painting every design and colourway.
In 1998 Modernage becomes the first place to see and buy Cappellini Furniture in the US, shortly after Christine continues to design rug collections for Cappellini, rectangles, squares, ovals and mazes marched across bright red and pale green grounds.
Out of print to colour
Chrisitne launches her first silk dhurrie collection which is made in Jaipur, India. Traditionally dhurries are made of cotton and sometimes wool, however Chrsitine was looking for a yarn that would suit her colour palette and create a more lustrous look so she had her own silk especially spun for the dhurries.
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.
Private member's club, London
In 2005 Christine teams up with Adam Bray and India Jane Birley to create an exquisite one off hand knotted floor covering for Annabel’s nightclub, London. Influenced by an original watercolour by India Jane Birley, Chrisitne embarked upon the intricate process of creating gouache painting of the design in its entirety, the hand knotting of this rug took more than 6 months.
First fabric collection
Christine and Jasper launch their first fabric collection of hand printed screen and block prints on natural fabrics such as linen and soft cotton cambric are balanced against fine Indian chanderi and silk and linen sheers.
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.
With a history of creating beautiful bespoke hand embroidery, Vanderhurd developed designs suitable for machine embroidery that maintain the intricacies and skill of hand embroidery alongside the creativity that is the hallmark of the company.
Christine sets up her new studio on the Portobello Road in the same building that her parents bought and renovated in the early 1970’s. The space has the original black & white marble floors and antique church doors that sit alongside the vast collection of rugs and textiles samples.
Vanderhurd and award-winning interior designer Adam Bray created the Waver collection which emerged as a result of a shared desire to offer an informal but smart rug in a contemporary context. Initially as a one off, the design was created using a vibrant pillarbox red, this sparked the desire to create a full collection.
In 2020 Vanderhurd launched their first wallpaper as part of their new Croquis collection. The name for the new designs is inspired by Christine Van Der Hurd’s time at Winchester School of Art in the early 1970s. Along with her fellow students she called her textile designs ‘Croquis’ after the small scale gouaches she was painting, and it is this memory of so many years ago that she has revived for for her first wallpaper collection.
Born from Christine Van Der Hurd and Tobias Vernon’s shared passion for European and Continental 20th century design and a close working relationship and friendship, Checkerboard is a collection of five dhurrie area rugs and a runner that play with this classic design tradition and reinvent it using unexpected colour combinations, structured scaling and textures. Deceptive in their simplicity, these softly linear designs are produced using technically complex hand-weaving processes by highly skilled craftspeople in India and are made in 100% natural hand-spun hemp.
Isolde Jaspard Mandy
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.