You may know Terry Crews best as an actor, NFL football player, comedian, and total personality – but he just presented a brand new luxurious furniture collaboration at ICFF 2019 in New York City that he says really represents who he is.
House Tipster host and Arch-Interiors designer Christopher Grubb was able to speak exclusively with Crews in the Bernhardt Design showroom at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, where he unveiled his third personally-inspired collection for the company.
“This is the third iteration of my collection for Bernhardt Design, and this is like my life,” Crews told us. “I have to tell you, I started out as a fine artist. I had an art scholarship before I got a football scholarship. One of my first jobs in entertainment, I did courtroom sketches my freshman year of college, for the local TV station. I mean, art is everything for me.”
Crews’ extensive background in sports and entertainment wasn’t a diversion from his art goals – those pursuits led him to a whole new way of looking at creative designs.
“I spent seven years in the NFL: Rams, Packers, Chargers, Redskins, Eagles. But when I got cut, I would go back in the locker room and ask the players if they wanted their portraits painted. This is how I survived,” he said. “As an artist, you have to really find ways to pay your bills at the same time.”
“Art is everywhere, and one thing I realized is it’s also in furniture, in products, everything you see has to be designed, has to be created,” Crews said.
“About five or six years ago, I took a really good look at the world around me and I decided to apply my art talent to my own world. I looked at a chair and was like, you know what? I can do better than that! So instead of sketching people, I would sketch objects.”
From those sketches of sofas, chairs, and tables came an entire line of real-life home goods, including the season’s latest beautiful new Becca collection.
“My wife’s name is Rebecca, this is designed and based on my wife,” Crews said of the inspiration. “My first collection was very angular, very male. This one is very voluptuous, very sexy. It looks good from the behind, and it looks good in the front! Just like my wife, I’ll tell you – I know it’s a family show!”
“It literally feels like a warm hug when you take a seat in [these chairs],” Crews explained. “I wanted to kind of get in touch with my feminine side as I designed it.”
Crews loves being able to see the finished products on display, his early imaginations and doodles come to life.
“This is the real satisfying part of design, you know?” he added. “Because when it’s in your head, and you have a company that can actually create it, and make it exactly or even better than what you wanted? That company is Bernhardt, and I knew I would be with these guys for a long time.”
To see even more from the Becca by Terry Crews furniture collection, be sure to watch a recap of our Facebook live video with Christopher Grubb and Terry Crews in the player below.
Stay tuned for more exclusive coverage straight from ICFF 2019, coming soon to House Tipster Industry.