Framing the Past – Charlotte Kingsnorth Lichen Furniture & Mirrors

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Charlotte Kingsnorth’s design practice aims to deconstruct archetypes by using traditional methods in new and exciting ways. The bronze mirrors and furniture of her Lichen collection are a testament to these.

Applying her unique sensibility towards material, Charlotte adapts the ancient Egyptian technique of polishing bronze to create reflective surfaces, a method that has become central to her prepossessing Lichen collection. There is a sense of timelessness and ethereal beauty tied to these designs thanks to the carefully applied patina on the very edges of each object. She creates this attractive discolouration and lichen-like patina by applying heat to the surface of the bronze, transforming the natural rose hues into asymmetrical patches of verdigris, blue and purple.

Based out of her studio in London, Charlotte hacks into industrial processes as a type of art form, offering contemporary variations of such ancient techniques. Her Lichen tables and mirrors, commissioned in 2019 for her first major solo show at The New Craftsmen, are extremely elegant and the deliberate tarnish on her furniture and mirrors imbues them with an aesthetic that can last through the ages. This collection is very unique in that they straddle between functionality and pure artistic expression – they are beautiful objects in their own right that can be used and appreciated in our daily lives.

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