Design Darling: Alexandra Von Furstenberg

Alexandra Von Furstenberg

Undisputedly glamorous globetrotter, Alexandra Von Furstenberg has channeled her uberchic aesthetic and international background (having lived in Hong Kong, Europe, New York and now LA) into a line of luxurious acrylic furniture and home accessories. “I studied fashion and costume design as well as art history so, design was innately in me,” she says. Alexandra is credited for helping her mother-in-law Diane Von Furstenberg relaunch the iconic wrap dress and worked at the fashion house for 10 years, but now her passion is in home design. Alexandra’s stunning collection makes its debut here at the Well Appointed House. To celebrate her introduction to the site, we spoke with her on furniture, fashion and freshening up a room. Here, she offers her insight on how to capture her signature style.
Describe your personal style when it comes to your designs: Modern, clean, slightly luxurious — for my furniture and home accessories. It’s all about the quality of workmanship and craftsmanship. It’s functioning art.
For the way your dress? I like clean lines, solid, bright colors as well as earth tones. But modern and clean.
Every day staples? J Brand jeans, skinny, to-the-ankle. All Diane Von Furstenberg. Balenciaga flats. I mix-and-match a lot – I am not a one designer person.
Photo: Stephanie Diani for the New York Times
J.Brand jeans from shopbop.com; Balenciaga flats from Balenciaga.com
Evening look? A dress or skirt and blouse from Diane Von Furstenberg or Victoria Beckham and heels.

Alexandra with her mother-in-law Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress from dvf.com; Victoria Beckham dress from net-a-porter.com
Style mantra: Less is more. It is a lot harder to portray a modern, well-edited layout for a room and than to overclutter and overaccessorize. Each piece in a room should have a really strong identity without being cold, you still want to achieve warmth in a room. With furniture and the way I dress, each piece should be finely edited.
Simple way to turn a plain room into something special: Pops of color. Through soft goods like pillows, throws, blankets and also trays, bowls, candles. Also, by adding one piece of colorful furniture or strong art pieces. Finding the gem piece and adding it to a very plain room, they become strong.
Alexandra Von Furstenberg XOXO Acrylic Occasional Table $3,800.00 (USD) excl tax
What advice can you give women who so admire your effortlessly chic look? Don’t over accessorize. You want it to look like you are not trying too hard. Avoid over-mixing and matching too many different textures and prints. Keeping it on the simplistic side is far more elegant than the overly trendy.
The Well Appointed House is thrilled to carry the XOXO Occasional Table in five candy colors (red, pink, yellow, green, blue) for $4800. It can also be ordered in clear Acrylic for $3800.

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