When you think of fashion designer , your mind may immediately go to Michelle Obama. After all, Wu’s career was launched into the stratosphere after the former First Lady wore one of his designs to the inaugural ball in 2009. Since then, she has worn his flowery, feminine dresses at other major events, including her husband's farewell address in Chicago of 2017. When it comes to interior design, however, Wu’s aesthetic skews much more masculine, which is evident in his brand-new collection of furniture with .
“I had a few design references from Josef Albers for my home—American midcentury furniture and gray flannel. I wanted to be surrounded by things that have a purpose,” Wu says about his apartment, which was designed by . Wu also collaborated with Mellone to design his shop-within-a-shop at Saks Fifth Avenue as well as Wu’s first fragrance bottle.
Keeping with the modern theme, Wu’s seating-focused upholstery collection with Interior Define includes a sofa, a love seat, an ottoman, a chaise sectional, and an accent chair, all inspired by mid-20th-century design. The furniture silhouettes also needed to be true to Wu’s design ethos—timeless, beautiful, and well considered in every detail. But the real crux of the partnership with Interior Define was the customization and high quality they could provide, all at realistic price points.
“Interior Define's customization concept was really interesting to me,” Wu says. “I loved the idea of creating something beautiful and then letting people add their personal touch. There isn’t much in the market that is affordable for people in my age group—especially young professionals who care about design but also want something that will last. A new classic, if you will—pieces that aren’t disposable and have a sense of quality and style.”
To see more of the collection, check out our exclusive video with Wu at his apartment.