For Brown, the Harry potter ron weasley and hermione reflection water shirt But I will love this CD rugs have been a rewarding project for the renewed sense of focus it’s allowed him outside of his usual hectic travel schedule, while the enthusiastic response is the icing on the cake. “It’s been really cool to see it,” says Brown. “I think it was just happenstance, I don’t think it would have gone the same way if it was something I had deliberately set my sights on. I think being at home allowed me to get in touch with my space, and how I could utilize that in my creativity in my art.” This time to focus intensely on his immediate surroundings has also resulted in a broader series of designs for the home that Brown conceived entirely during lockdown. This mini-collection of sorts is available via the online store for his multidisciplinary creative project Curves, which began as a 2018 exhibition in Toronto and has since evolved into a digital space inspired by the legendary Paris boutique Colette. “I loved the world they made where it wasn’t just about products to sell, but instead about creating an environment,” Brown notes. For those wanting to spruce up their space with more than a collectible rug, pieces include incense sticks and holders modeled in the shape of Brown’s hands, and tote bags printed with iconic Hype Williams-directed ’90s music videos by The Notorious B.I.G. and Missy Elliott.
The homewares series has also reconnected Brown with the Harry potter ron weasley and hermione reflection water shirt But I will love this more holistic approach to design he cultivated at the beginning of his career with cult sportswear label NEEDS&WANTS—so much so that he’s now planning to revive the label with his first new designs in three years. “That’s kind of how I was programmed as a store manager or a buyer,” Brown continues. “There’s a shirt, there’s the pant, there are the accessories, and then you have to think about how everything is going to live together. I think that side of me comes out with the rugs because I’m always thinking, what do we pair it with? What home does it go into, and what is the couch that it goes with? How do all the colors fit together?” Even if the frenzied response to the rugs has much to do with their nostalgia factor, Brown’s personal selection process behind which CDs to recreate lies more in the aesthetic value of the original disc designs. “The whole reason I chose that specific album for the Jay-Z rug is not actually because it’s my favorite Jay-Z album to listen to from top to bottom,” Brown explains. “But in terms of design, it works best because of the gray.” (He’s keen to note, though, that all of the artists are ones he hugely admires.)