Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley’s functional woodwork caught my attention right away. I think it was the thought of blackened wood. It was almost like a forced aging process but the end result is a beautiful transformation. The black shapes are beautiful to look and also to interact with. The furniture pieces encourage a touch, feel or taking a load off. I love the color blocking idea of these benches sitting on a white oak floor against a white wall, beautiful simplicity.
Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay are the minds behind Raw Edges Design Studio. They have created something truly intricate and beautiful. Through the exploration of dyeing timber specifically end cuts, they have created patterns that are hard to wrap your mind around. I am completely obsessed with this technique, the bench is one of the most amazing things I have seen. If you remember they were the ones that installed the color floors at the Stella McCartney stores.
De Intuïtiefabriek is an all female design studio trusting in quality and craftsmanship in the use of materials such as, slip casting porcelain, blowing glass and bending wood. The mixed use of materials in these pieces build upon each other creating visual plains and blocks of color. The two different desks have wonderful movement allowing for a constant change in shape and maybe functionality. The pieces have a modern design, clean lined with a minimal approach.
Collection Particuliere has an impressive collection of modern objects and furniture. I appreciate the exploration of combining different materials. Natural stone in different types add a sense of heft to the objects and are used to anchor some. The SUMO coffee table caught my attention with the integration of two materials it is visually pleasing. I also like the embedded fruit bowl, the lattice work lets the viewer see what is in the bowl without having to look into it.
Modern design is a concept that I believe TREKU understands. I admire the clean lines and simple geometric shapes that make up the body of their furniture. For the most part I am partial to mid century design but I am drawn to these designs, especially the side boards both tall and low. The muted colors used are nice and the accent of color inside the boxes adds a nice signature element. I enjoyed looking through their website as they do a nice job and putting their pieces in real life images.
NAUT has a wonderful way of expressing minimal design in both furniture and interiors. I ran across some of their design on Tumble and then found their website. They have some great interiors in “projects”. The salons are some of my favorite interiors. What intrigues me the most is the honesty, honesty in materials. There is nothing hidden these pieces are so minimal they stand on their own with shape and material. I typically don’t get that excited about oak but the white oak pieces in their work are beautiful.