An Abstract Nature: Part II
Continued from the previous post.
Marc Thorpe revealed last year that his Husk chair was inspired by the outer leaves of corn during an interview with Dezeen. In a movie produced for Moroso, Thorpe explains that he was influenced by the ‘architecture of corn’ to create the series which features simple circular seating with a curved wraparound backrest. The indoor version of the chair also utilises a special gradient textile that Thorpe worked on with Moroso and Febrik for his Blur sofa.
This year Samuel Accoceberry showcased his new Concha range for Bosc at Maison&Objet 2016, which is based on the spiral structure of conch shells. Even though Accoceberry’s product stems from a different natural source from to the Husk series, both appear to evoke a sense of comfort by enveloping the user and the use of warm colours.
Veering somewhat into man-made territory but with a similarly autumnal palette are the Sense of Place leather carpets by Claesson Koivisto Rune. These reference the agricultural heritage of Marfa through geometric representation of the farmland and fields native to the region. Now produced in limited numbers by Ogeborg, each of the pieces are handmade using vegetable-tanned organic leather.
Man’s complex relationship with Nature has resulted in a wide range of design outcomes over time. Previously there was a greater focus on transparency and uncovering what lies within such as through artistic experiments with x-rays and also bio-materials as alternatives. It will be interesting to see how else the appropriation of shape takes place in the coming months.