Alfredo Paredes Debuts His First-Ever Furniture Collection at High Point
The designer’s collaboration with EJ Victor reinterprets classic forms for a sophisticated array of timeless seating, tables, and more
After more than three decades with Ralph Lauren Home, cultivating classic Americana stores, restaurants, and furniture for the iconic label, Alfredo Paredes has sophisticated style down to a fine art. But now, at the helm of his own brand since 2019, he’s braving new territory, including his debut furniture collection, produced in collaboration with EJ Victor, that launched on June 5 at High Point Market.
“In an effort to establish my own voice, I wanted to conceptualize pieces that I could envision living with in my New York City duplex—that was my jumping off point,” Paredes tells Galerie. “Several of the pieces evolved from antiques I own and love living with.”
The collection, which ranges from upholstered seating, occasional tables, and case goods, draws influence from a variety of sources, from mid-century French furniture to a craftsman’s work table to an 18th-century Dutch antique. “The original designs came out of my love for European and Spanish antiques, with an emphasis on patina and eclecticism,” says Paredes. “My upbringing as a Cuban-American in Miami in the 1970s was also a huge influence. This encompassed a mashup of Spanish, mid-century, and Art Deco architecture and interior design.”
From the gentle curves of a classic Chesterfield to the Brutalist details of the Caesar drinks table, the collection expresses myriad shapes, and also utilizes a wide variety of materials. There are luxurious upholstered platform beds and headboards, an exotic seagrass chair, tables made with natural oak and iron bolt heads, and leather details on a walnut dresser and nightstand.
“I wanted there to be natural and organic elements as well as some rusticity,” Paredes tells Galerie. “Also, a sense of reclaimed wood: wood with some age and history. All the upholstery pieces have a cinematic feel, a little bit old Hollywood, a little old English and a little mid-century.”
Not coincidentally, they all work together in a cohesive design that is both eclectic and expressive creating an individualistic interior that’s as one-of-a-kind as the designer himself.