April 22, 2016
Nestled in a corner of the Salone Satellite area of the Salone del Mobile in Milan were exquisite chandeliers with strong sculptural shapes and a delicate demeanour. These are the works of Dutch designer Susanne de Graef, who constructed the lights using metal rings connected with coloured threads in different colours. The threads sway and glimmer in the wind, creating an ethereal light which belies the strong presence of the chandelier.
Strong sculptural shapes could be made from delicate materials, whilst delicate shapes might disguise the strength of construction. The Softer Than Steel collection of furniture, designed by Nendo for Desalto, is a great example of such a delightful paradox.
Like waves undulating in the wind, the wood veneer lights of LZF look beautifully sculptural and create exquisite light too.
The necklaces from Eleanor Bolton are crafted using hand-dyed cords, creating delicate and tactile jewellery with a strong sculptural quality.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
December 15, 2020
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.
October 08, 2020
Detractors of minimalism often decry the cold, impersonal nature of the style. However, when executed intelligently, minimalist designs can be surprisingly expressive. The furniture collections of designer Niko Koronis is a case in point.
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