Gary Inman poses beside a gentleman's chest named for Cary Grant, one of the designer's favorite fashion icons.
Cary, a gentleman's chest, is distinguished by pinstriped textile panels.
With its nailhead trim and tufted-fabric panels, the Grantham conjures Downton Abbey.
A demi-lune table inspired by  Coco Chanel incorporates a twisted-wood base that echoes the signature Chanel chain.

Furniture Debut

Gary Inman's new collection embodies his sophisticated aesthetic

When Gary Inman, director of hotel and residential design for Richmond architecture firm Glavé & Holmes, was approached to develop a line of furniture for Moore Councill—a manufacturer based in High Point, North Carolina—he jumped at the chance. It was the company’s first collection with an outside designer, and Inman was more than ready. “I had a vision,” he says. “I’d been keeping sketch journals for years and had always had an interest in product design.”

Inman, who began his career with a stint at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, has a high-fashion take on home design. His Home Couture collection of case goods is a fusion of fashion and interior design, with an emphasis on textiles and classic silhouettes inspired by style icons including Coco Chanel and Cary Grant. 

The experience of his own practice helped Inman decide what furniture pieces to design. “I see gaps in what’s available,” he explains. “So I wanted to supply what I’ve found to be missing when I’m looking for things—furniture with particular scale or function.”

The collection, which debuted in October 2013 at High Point, encompasses six pieces; another 16, including upholstered pieces, will be introduced at High Point in April 2014. The collection is available through moorecouncill.com.