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Lucy Tupu Studio

1st Collaboration: Max Gimblett x Lucy Tupu

May 2019

New York City

Lucy Tupu Studio launched its first collaboration with New Zealand Artist Max Gimblett in conjunction with the NYCxDESIGN last year, in May 2018. This project was in the making for a year and a half with 12 designs in the full collection. They can be customized in size and type of yarn. We will be showcasing this collection alongside our newest one, Family Jewels, at ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) this week in New York City. May 19th - 22nd.

All rugs are goodweave-certified and handmade in Nepal, with Tibetan wool and silk. It takes many months to create a hand-knotted rug. This aspect, alone, gives new meaning to his artwork, creating a piece that is intrinsically Max, yet incorporating an artform that relies on patience and time.

The catalyst for the collection are Max’s ink on paper. The quatrefoil, featured in many of the designs, is a medieval symbol of a flower, often used in Christian architecture. Max also employs the skull motif, which he sees as complementary to his ideas on rebirth. The physical properties of his art lend themselves to being expressed in the traditional hand-knotted technique – silks reflect the careful gilding, carving emphasizes certain lines and the unique dying process of wool conveys the translucency of the colorful ink.

About Lucy Tupu:

Lucy is well-connected to the Interior Design community in New York and provides her clients highly personalized service that is design driven and budget conscious. She offers a full line of custom rugs and carpet services from scale design renderings to producing quality samples. Lucy uses a variety of yarns including New Zealand wool and silk or any combination utilizing both hand-tufted, hand-knotted and flat-woven techniques.

About Max Gimblett:

Max Gimblett is one of New Zealand’s most recognised painters. His philosophies and practices encompass influences as varied as Abstract Expressionism, Modernism, Eastern and Western spiritual beliefs, Jungian psychology and ancient cultures. He has been based in New York since the early 1970’s and continues to exhibit regularly in the U.S. and throughout New Zealand – Gow Langsford Gallery.

To view upon appointment or to learn more about the Max Gimblett collection, please contact Lucy:


Max Gimblett tear sheets can be found here.

To access high resolution photos and product shots, please click here.

For Max Gimblett website click here.

For Lucy Tupu website click here.

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