An Abstract Nature: Part I
There have been quite a lot of projects lately involving the abstraction of natural forms, where designers have been inspired by a specific scientific phenomenon or entity and created products based on these.
Take the Abyss series by Duffy London for example. Featuring a collection of tables constructed to resemble oceanic topography, Abyss is an attempt to recreate the dramatic depths of the sea in your living room. The limited edition tables are made from layers of sculpted glass, perspex and FSC-certified wood and cost a cool £28,500 each with only 25 editions available.
On the other hand, Tom Dixon gets geometric with Caesarstone as part of a year-long collaboration with the latter. Ice is an kitchen installation that takes its name and forms from the jagged remnants left behind by icebreakers clearing Canada’s frozen lakes during winter. It is the first or four kitchens intended to follow an elemental theme, the others being Fire, Earth and Air.
Humberto and Fernando Campana’s Fungo chandelier is based on something of a far smaller scale: mushrooms growing on wood. The lighting piece was created for Lasvit and has six wooden arms upon which organically-shaped glass bubbles appear to be sprouting, inspired by fungi growing on an ancient glassblowing mould in the company’s factory basement.
To be continued.