THE FORM – SOFT
Classic Art is revisited with rounded edges and deceptively soft materials. Perceptions of surface, texture and weight are challenged by designers creating furniture and interiors that juxtapose contradictory material form and colour qualities. Monolithic geometric forms are combined in palettes of warm greys, flesh-toned nudes and beige.
1. ROLY POLY: ASSEMBLAGE COLLECTION BY FAYE TOO GOOD
Faye Toogood softens geometric shapes with voluptuous, rounded forms. These naïve, childlike pieces of furniture are formed from moulded fibreglass in soft shades of cream, beige and flesh-toned nudes.
2. HEAVY STACK BY MBADV
Heavy Stack is an experimental series of ambiguous objects that explore the potential of form and aesthetics. Combining industrial and craft processes, the design duo of Anne Dorthe Vester and Maria Bruun have paired rounded and softened ceramic forms with stoneware and oak. Photography by Benita Marcussen
3. THE HIERONYMUS MINERO BY KONSTANTIN GRCIC
German designer Konstantin Grcic has created a collection of abstract industrial seating designs, molded from a fiber cement composite.
4. THE LAST OF THE FREE BY NICK ROSS
This collection of furniture and homewares is based on historical texts and objects from the National Museum of Scotland. Pieces includes a sandstone bench constructed from three cylindrical elements, giving the material a softer, more voluptuous appearance.
5. CLOUD GARDEN NURSERY, ATSUGI, JAPAN BY JUNYA ISHIGAMI
Architect Junya Ishigami transforms the interior of a high-rise in Japan for Cloud Garden Nursery. Huge cloud-inspired partitions appear in a warm-toned cement mortar finish, offsetting the harsh grey concrete of the ceiling. Photography by Edmund Sumner
6. WARE LAMP BY MSDS
Designed by Toronto-based studio MSDS, the Ware lamp is a single piece slip cast light that ‘explores the formal plasticity of stoneware’. Its smooth, rounded aesthetic seems contradictory to the hard surface of the material.