Christian Grevstad Collection, Ltd. fills and bridges the gap between modernity and traditional design. The collection pays homage to both french and italian furnishings, while borrowing from the simplicity of modern aesthetic to create a tasteful ménage-à-trois that marries classicism and modernism with comfort, function & contemporary lifestyles.
Christian Grevstad, an award-winning designer, is a world traveler who has always followed his own rugged path to a unique sense of style –whether it was winding his way through the Gulf of Alaska at an early age, studying art and architecture abroad, learning to fly or defying his Norwegian bloodline to speak French – not just in design, but from the heart, the way he hears it from another life, another time.
“I am a European at heart,” says Grevstad, who is the recipient of a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design from University of Washington in the early 80’s. “Europe inspires me in much that I perceive. My designs have many references to European influences, especially period pieces, but always as seen through my eye.”
“Comfort must inform design in order to complete the whole,” says Grevstad, a professional member of IIDA, and professional affiliate of the American Institute of Architects. He adds that “furniture must be integral to its environment and in balance with the architecture that envelopes it”.
To prove it, he admits to spending two years prototyping a dining chair that will not wither or dismay during hours dinning spent savoring food, wine, candlelight and camaraderie.
He likens his collection to the joie de vivre found in the European lingering food movement, which was designed to heighten one’s senses while dining by slowing the rhythm to enjoy great food, cherished friends, and celebrated wine over time.
Grevstad’s wanderlust continually contributes to his design philosophy. Some of his greatest highlights include travel throughout Africa, India and Europe where he became inspired by the colors of India and fascinated with European antiques, romance and sense of style.
First shown at the Terris Draheim Showroom in Seattle in 2005, the collection is now shown in the Dennis Miller Showroom in New York, and the Michael Taylor Designs Showrooms in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. In January of 2010 the collection was introduced in Paris where it’s represented at the Holland and Sherry Showroom. The collection has met with great success with many talented designers specifying the collection for both commercial and residential installations.