I have always been a big proponent of producing design directed at being beneficial to humanity. Recently though, I have also tried to broaden my way of thinking, studying the ways in which sculptural values can be incorporated in to industrial design as a whole. I think this was what made the Eames couple so effective and timeless, with Charles being the one to apply his industrial skill, and Ray having the artistic eye that, in my opinion, propelled their design to a whole new level and still stands the test of time today.
CARA \ DAVIDE is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in Milan. This studio consists of Cara Judd and Davide Gramatica who have a particular interest in experimenting with materials, techniques and processes to different territories in design.
By using these different materials they are able to explore the limits. Working with craftsmen in both Italy and South Africa also gives them the opportunity to work hands on and see how it reacts in their hand and that of the maker. This has them to explore architectural-style shape that’s powerful and visually intriguing.
The ‘Isola’ side table seen above uses ceramic, the ‘Mobili Sintetici Radica Collection’ uses different veneers, and the ‘Calandra’ series uses metalwork twisted in to functional sculpture. Finishes are always kept to a minimum, showing the beauty in the materials themselves and highlighting not only their practical qualities, but also showing how design can be used in experimental ways to enhance our lives aesthetically. That is one of the most powerful messages to take away.