The designs of Sarah Willet and her Patina Vie collection will debut in the Castelle showroom for the first time at this High Point Market. The Patina Vie outdoor collection features casual, rustic and European designs and the signature inspiration of History and Style colliding for which the designer is known. We sat down with Sarah to capture her inspiration and thoughts on the Castelle collaboration.
Q: What was the inspiration for the Patina Vie outdoor furnishing collection?
A: Our obsession with taking full advantage of (and extending) our beloved outdoor seasons… Our midwestern months of warm breezes and firefly nights are simply too short!! We have to savor them while we can. Our outdoor collection with Castelle celebrates our casual approach to living authentically.
Q: Patina Vie prides itself on being “where history and style collide.” How do you see this design philosophy apply to outdoor living?
A: I adore history + antiques for the craftsmanship and the attention to detail. Layering in fashionable touches to make a collection relevant for the moment is the best of both worlds. Harnessing my two favorite design components in this debut collection was dreamy.
Q: Collaborations are most successful when the designer brings a new voice and a new audience for that voice to the manufacturer. Who do you see as the audience of Patina Vie?
A:Oh I so agree! We’re fortunate to have an audience with our overall brand, who is yearning for causal done with a stylish approach. There’s such an opportunity to celebrate the real moments in our living. My favorite days are barefoot, hair pinned up, with a sweaty glass of a summertime favorite on the patio. Our voice is simply to put our spin on gorgeous CASUAL.
Q: What attracted you to a collaboration with Castelle?
A: Best in the industry. Team. Reputation. Quality. Capabilities. The opportunity to hold hands with this talented crew has been incredible. So, so honored!
Q: How does the custom capabilities and the cast aluminum flexibility of Castelle influence your design decisions?
A: Castelle’s cast aluminum capabilities were a natural fit to our aesthetic. We’re all about the “architecture” of a piece in product development… having this incredible material available to us truly allowed us to play and explore. We adore craftsmanship that is timeless …