From NFL player to actor to artist, there aren't many things Terry Crews can't conquer. For his latest venture, the 48-year-old "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star is taking on furniture design — and the results are seriously stunning.
In collaboration with , the sleek collection debuted in May at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York.
Although it appears to be strictly modern at first glance, upon closer inspection you'll notice the furniture has a unique air of regality. That understated elegance comes from a blend of inspirations: modern contemporary designers and Ancient Egypt.
"When I began my collection, I was very aware of the significant influence of many modern contemporary designers like Corbusier, Saarinen, McCobb, Charles and Ray Eames," says Crews. "I began envisioning what modern contemporary furniture would look like if Egypt was the dominant world power: ‘What would an evening in a luxurious, modern Egyptian palace look like?’"
He was deeply influenced by the fluidity and worship of water, citing the Nile River as the center and life source of Egypt at the time.
Pieces like the Ibis sofa — upholstered in a soothing ashy blue leather — directly reflect the natural elements Crews drew inspiration from. The Float tables and Aire benches draw from the smooth rocks and pebbles that decorate the shore of the Nile.
An interest in design isn't something new to Crews, he originally wanted to pursue a career in design before deciding on a professional football career. "As a child, I loved to draw — my exposure to Star Wars opened my eyes to the possibilities of design: new vehicles, new furniture, and new worlds," says Crews.
Throughout his acting and football career, Terry remained equally as dedicated to design and even worked for a small firm in his off time. "I've always approached acting and drawing in the same way," he says. "The questions I ask myself are: 'How can I make this feel real, how can I make the world tell a story?'"
Keep an eye out for the rest of the collection, set to launch in early fall of 2017.