Randal Weeks’ distinctive designs often start with the simplest of elements – such as a 2×2 inch coloration on a fragment of wood he found on an antiquing trip or family vacation. “I will then aggressively set out to design something where I can incorporate that particular component. I have boxes of wood scraps in my garage that I envision will one day help create products with the refined elegance I strive for in every one of my designs.” Admittedly obsessed about achieving perfection throughout his collection, the Aidan Gray founder is the sole designer of this award-winning line. Here, he offers further insight into the journey that has brought the company into the High Design arena.
Q: How do you define high design?
“To me, it’s a very edited presentation, noted for its refinement and blending of different styles. It always comes back to the understatedness of the piece, coupled with the perfect finish that has probably gone through many iterations. I get excited about finishes and the critical role they play in being able to achieve a vintage look and feel in every product I design.”
Q: What are some of your design statements that have really hit the mark?
“One is the glass lamps with hardback shades that are part of our AG HOM collection. The beauty of these pieces is the customizing options that are available – 11 different base styles and five shade colors – which allow a customer to create the exact mood they want in their home. This ability to customize will be an even more important initiative going forward. We also have some new antique chandeliers with a very vintage look. It’s an appealing juxtaposition when you mix their finishes, patina and gold coloring with a contemporary interior, creating a truly high design statement. My creative process starts with gaps that I see when shopping for our retail store or when I am designing a client’s home. Right now I am working with an upscale client who wants a warm contemporary design style. Interestingly, this has caused me to re-evaluate what Aidan Gray does and work to refine and streamline our presentation – still maintaining our look of European Grandeur but presenting it in a cleaner version.”
Behind the belief that every product has its perfect architectural line, Weeks says that when he designs, it’s always about the individual piece. “Right now I am pushing even harder for perfection on every piece, and dropping items that in the past may have been OK, but now don’t meet my criteria for excellence.”
Weeks is also deeply focused on the opening of his building in High Point, at 201 Main Street, at the corner of Kivett and Main. It’s the red building many people already know and allows for an impressive 7,000 sq. Ft. Showroom that will add a new dimension to the company’s identity.
“This move is all about making a statement, and further solidifying Aidan Gray’s commitment to lifestyle and high design,” Weeks says.
Founded in 2003, Aidan Gray Home Inc. is now a leading brand in home furnishings, home décor and accessories, lighting, chandeliers and antique reproduction.