September 25, 2017 by Chris Kilkus
Anna Sui Gives the Teen Bedroom the Once-Over
No stranger to collaborations, Anna Sui has lent her unique aesthetic — Art Nouveau, vintage and hippie influences — to Starbucks for mugs, totes and Swell bottles; designed luxe hippie boots for FitFlop, and created for Hushpuppies, whimsical slides with whale cutouts. Sui can now add another partnership notch to her velvet embroidered belt: furniture, bedding and decorative accessories for PB Teen.
“It extends what you’re able to use your creativity for and gives you a chance to do products you haven’t done before,” Sui said. “I enjoy decorating. It’s something I’m really fascinated by. I have books by Dorothy Draper and Madeleine Castaing.”
Sui hasn’t been shy about expressing her desire to design bedrooms. “I always put out there that I’d love to do bedding,” she said, adding, “I used the same elements as when I was a teenager. I loved Aubrey Beardsley, [the English illustrator and author]. I wanted to make my whole bedroom black and white. When I got a wicker headboard, I painted it black.”
The designer’s themes for the collection: the Art Nouveau vibe of her boutiques and chinoiserie style of her apartment.
Sui’s had experience with teenagers. “Between my two brothers, I have nine nieces and nephews,” she said. “A lot