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The launch of a new Casework x Hightower collection—featuring uniquely shaped pillows—offers unexpected additions for contract and residential settings.

A woman with short hair in a green dress sits on a couch full of pillows.

Designer Casey Keasler with the new Casework pillow collection for Hightower.

For designer Casey Keasler, founder of Portland interiors firm Casework, a recently launched pillow collaboration with Hightower was an exercise in thinking outside the square. Launched in June at Chicago’s NeoCon design fair, Casework pillows come in a smattering of unique shapes that add texture and whimsy to any space. The collaboration comes out of a relationship between Casework and Hightower that was established three years ago when Keasler and her team helped design the furniture brand’s Chicago showroom in 2019

“To be honest, the collection came out of necessity,” Keasler says. “[Hightower’s] marketing director, Jessica Ahlering, and I were spending hours sourcing pillows for the showroom to give it a fresh and finished look each time. She mentioned it would be fun to partner on a product since they have an amazing upholstery department in Highpoint.”

A set of curvy pillows sits on an orange couch.

Keasler took design inspiration from the architectural details in Hightower's Chicago showroom.

Drawing from the arches and inverted arches found in the showroom, Keasler designed a set of pillows with round edges and wavy forms. “Even the point of the half-moon pillows and the Square [pillow] with a button have rounded edges,” she says. “We worked hard to soften the corners and create contrast. These interesting shapes pair incredibly well with the structured lines of a modern sofa.”

Each of the collection’s six shapes features a double-stitched seam and microfiber fill (so that they don’t need to be fluffed) and come in an assortment of patterns (spring-green checks), textures (corduroy, velvet), and colors (lilac, goldenrod, rust-red).

A grouping of pillows on a couch.

The pillows are available in six shapes.

“We wanted to have fun and not take anything too seriously!” Keasler says. “With pillows, you can take a risk on color and pattern. Pillows aren't the foundation pieces of a room where you want to select something more timeless. I love to build palettes and layer color and texture in an unexpected way.”


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