November 25, 2015
At first sight, this collection of benches and chairs looks like they are made of wood with an elaborate pattern painted on it. Closer inspection, however, reveals a much more interesting construction.
The designers Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, otherwise known as Raw Edges, had dyed blocks of wood in different colours before glueing them together and then carving them into shape with a CNC machine in such a way that the colourful ends of the blocks are facing up. This creates a beguiling effect, not dissimilar to marquetry. This intriguing technique embodies the unique style of Raw Edges: combining colour, pattern-making and movement to create products that are genuinely creative and thought-provoking.
The Endgrain collection is a joint winner of the RIBA Wood Awards 2015 Bespoke Furniture & Product award.
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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