I always find that the end of the year is a great time to reflect on some of the defining themes that have inspired me over the last 12 months. Flowing forms have been quite consistent, as well as strong architectural shapes, but another regular theme has been incorporating nature in everyday design. This post is on a similar wavelength and features natures marks on contrasting materials.
The designers in question are a London studio called Based Upon, founded in 2004 by twin brothers Ian and Richard Abell. They produce unique pieces of design in collaboration with a team of 45 artists and craftsmen. Their forte is using liquid metal and timber for the structure, which is then decorated over using pigmented resin and other materials to create a fantastic array of effects on the surface.
I’m particularly impressed by the wood and leather textures that they’ve been able to replicate on a material like metal, as well as the geometric shaping on some of the metal furniture. It offers an unusual contrast between the different materials in question. Hopefully you like these pieces of inspiration here, especially the subtle textures and tones, and will go on over to their website to see more, it’s a fantastic portfolio.