Geometric Inspirations by John Eric Byers

December 15, 2020

Form and Texture

Geometric Inspirations by John Eric Byers

American artist-designer John Eric Byers cites, amongst others, Donald Judd and Richard Serra as sources of his inspiration. The influence of these American masters of minimalism are clear to see from the furniture he has created.

The Newfield, New York based artist creates tables, chairs and cabinets based on simple but striking geometric forms. The R1 series of tables, for example, are compositions of drums and discs, whilst the block-shaped C series of chairs have a monumental, meditative quality about them.

What makes the collection extra special, however, is the application of material and textures. The black dimpled surface of the chairs and tables resembles, at first sight, hammered metal, or perhaps painted polystyrene blocks. Closer inspection reveals these to be blackened maple wood with all the dimples laboriously carved by hand - an unexpected touch of craftsmanship which belies the slick perfection of the minimalist forms. Beautiful to behold, and equally beautiful to the touch.

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Product Inspiration

Combine sculptural shapes and interesting textures with the Wolk chair from Scarlet Splendour, the Block sofa from Missana and the Fjord armchair from Moroso.

Wolk Chair - Scarlet Splendour - Do Shop   Block 3 Seater Sofa - Missana - Do Shop  Fjord Armchair - Moroso - Do Shop

 

For minimalist lights in interesting textures try the Roest suspension light from Graypants, the Lederam wall light from Catellani & Smith and the Brutalist table lamp from 101 Copenhagen.

Roest Vertical 30 Suspension Light - Graypants - Do Shop  Lederam W1 Wall Lamp - Catellani & Smith - Do Shop   Brutalist Table Lamp - 101 Copenhagen - Do Shop

 

Accessories in simple, sculptural shapes work well in minimalist spaces. Try the Sticks candleholder from Ghidini 1961, the Darkly mirror from Menu and the Zenobio coatrack from Formae.

Sticks Candle Holder - Ghidini 1961 - Do Shop   Darkly Mirror Brass - Menu - Do Shop   Zenobio Coat Rack - Formae - Do Shop


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