In the late part of last year, we talked about the Bloomsbury Group being a key influence in the making of the Elemental collection. Another dominant theme was that of Geometrics.
The definition of the word geometric is ‘something which is characterized by or decorated with regular lines and shapes’ and it is this meaning which was a core principle of Elemental.
When we were designing, we looked at numerous natural structures and what really stood out to us, were the reoccurring geometric shapes present all around us. The interlocking hexagons of a beehive, the octagons of a spiders web and the triangular forms of precious stones and architectural Pyramids. The Natural History Museum in London and the Haselmere Museum provided numerous sources of inspiration and we came armed with a plethora of ideas, most of which had one underlying theme; geometry.
We took these simple shapes and used them as the basis for many of the designs. Some in a very obvious way, such as the stunning repeated hexagons that make up the Phoenix Chandelier and in a more subtle way with the triangular base on the Prism Lamp.
The hypnotic repetition of pattern is again seen on the doors of the Tessellate Commode. An interlocking motif of diamonds set against a scored back panel, creates an incredible optical illusion. This combined with the sawn oak texture gave an extra layer of interest to this fabulous piece.
The theme of geometrics stretched even to the triangular indentations seen on the Tribe Mirror. Based on an African wood carving found in a Parisian flea market, the frame was painstakingly moulded by hand and the pattern was created using a specially-created metal tool. We created a new painted finish, Relic Bronze, to make the most of this incredible texture and the results were stunning.
There is something so aesthetically pleasing about geometry in design and it is a ubiquitous motif that we see time and time again in interiors. We relished the chance to take something relatively simple in form but use it in unexpected ways.