At the helm of his design firm (with two area showrooms, in Newport Beach and Corona del Mar, and another in Park City, Utah), Barclay Butera draws inspiration from Old Hollywood and West Palm Beach, as well as architecture, fashion and travel to design coastal-chic interiors. He also regularly works with different licensing partners to create furniture collections and home decor.
“I wanted to create a collection of furnishings that had all the glamour and sophistication of the Hollywood Regency period, but had a fresh, traditional twist”
At the end of 2017, Butera launched two collections with Lexington Home Brands, a company he has known for over two decades. “We had discussed doing a collection together for several years and finally the timing was right,” the designer says. “Lexington came to me for my ideas and to bring a fresh approach to a new traditional sensibility.”
For President and CEO of Lexington Home Brands Phil Haney, teaming with the tastemaker offers a modern direction. The brand launch, he notes, “represents a milestone because it’s the first time we have partnered with an interior designer to collaboratively reimagine a style category.”
In contrast to Butera’s more beach-casual, aptly named Newport Beach collection for Lexington Home Brands, his Brentwood collection pays tribute to the L.A. neighborhood of the same name near Beverly Hills, reflecting a sense of elegance and a refined aesthetic. “I wanted to create a collection of furnishings that had all the glamour and sophistication of the Hollywood Regency period, but had a fresh, traditional twist,” Butera says.
With a nod to the fashion and romance of this era, Brentwood strikes the perfect balance between formal and casual. “Working in tandem with the Lexington design team is a dream,” the designer adds. “We came to the table with our designs and ideas and they made them come to life. It was really exciting to see the first prototypes.”
The Wilshire gray finish (a warm graphite coloration, hand-waxed to enhance the depth and clarity of the wood), soft textured silvers and ebony inlays with a rich layering of chic textiles give the Brentwood pieces a subtly formal look and feel. “I am crazy over the infusion of black nickel hardware and the subtle Asian influences in this collection,” Butera says. “Classic shades of ivory, dove gray and soft celadon were the perfect mix to off set the dark wood and rich metal finishes.”
With its formal yet comfortable vibe, the Brentwood furniture collection offers “a luxury interpretation of today’s new traditional style,” according to Butera. Seeing his role as a therapist for the home, the designer expresses his creativity through new projects constantly.
Given the success of this collaboration between Butera and Lexington, a new collection is set to launch in spring of 2019 in Lexington’s main showroom at High Point Market in North Carolina. Locally, the Brentwood furniture collection and Barclay Butera’s products are available online at barclaybutera.com.
Photographs: courtesy of Barclay Butera
(clockwise from top left) Westwood writing desk; Naples cocktail ottoman; Sydney chairs with brass caster and Naples leather cocktail ottoman; Kathryn arm chair and side chair; and Sheffield cocktail ottomans.