His wow colors and pow design mean Modern with a capital M. Welcome to the universe of Dallas-born Todd Oldham. He’s been a fixture in the world of design with clothing, accessories, fragrances, and even a hotel in Miami. Now add furniture to that list. He’s single-handedly revived an American classic furniture line, La-Z-y Boy, with a vivid new collection. Inspired by strong mid-twentieth century lines with the same approach he’s taken to designing fashion, Oldham’s created the line’s several dozen pieces in bold tones, stripes, polka dots and geometric prints - just about everything that represents today’s fresh room looks. We learned more about his approach to sharp style, punchy colors and patterns, and what it is like to design furniture instead of clothes.
Todd Oldham on growing up around a lot of fun style here in Texas:
Of course, my family had a La-Z-Boy recliner. It functioned as a jungle gym for me and my sister. And it was green, which is my favorite color.
Todd Oldham on the reaction when he starting designing furniture:
It’s always nice when you throw everyone a curve ball and do something that is not exactly expected. I have sort of made a career of that and I think it’s cool.
Todd Oldham on representing a really young, skilled approach to design and creativity:
It’s a nifty trick when you make something look twice as expensive as it really is. I understand balance, ratio, proportion, and pattern volume from being a fashion designer, so it was easy for me to apply those sensibilities to furniture.