I’ve been looking to nature for inspiration. It’s not only me with this particular interest, over the years I’ve noticed many other creatives who have referenced this in their designs. When I’m conjuring up thoughts of fluid shapes I often turn to American artist Isamu Noguchi. I’m not sure why, but there’s something appealing about his use of natural material and their tactile quality. So it was interesting to come across the work of Italian studio Imperfettolab.
Owned by designers Verter Turroni and Emanuela Ravelli, at their workshop they produce unique furniture and sculptural objects that make you think about the relationship between the natural world and design itself. Moulded using fibreglass, which is light and suitable to outdoor use, they can manipulate the material easily and replicate some of the unusual, and quite abstract, lines that you see outside.
Take their pebble-like stools for example, or their vases that look monolithic, each are unique and make you think about the visual element in the design process. How can we bring the look of the outside in? It’s been a question that many have contemplated, so these design imitations are kind of fitting in a sense. I hope you like them and will have a browse through their website, there’s many more interesting solutions on offer.