Unfortunately we as consumers have become so impatient. The instant gratification of something fresh and shiny out of the box seems to fizzle out with time, leaving us wanting more and more of that initial feeling when we first set our eyes on it.
It takes foresight to see something for its maturing qualities. Something you can grow with, even with imperfection, all the elements come together and develop in character over time. Time then is the vital ingredient. It really can’t be brought but can be considered in the design process.
This is why I found Danish designer Anne Brandhøj’s work so interesting. Her focus is aesthetic and environmental sustainability, her goal being to create furniture and objects that have a durable “aesthetic expression”. This higher aesthetic value is so important in our throw-away society, thinking about our relationship with these works and how they can grow with us instead of away from us.
Brandhøj’s series ‘On Balance’ is one of her newer groupings and uses the character of split and knotted wood with newer sections of a tree. As well as using interesting sculptural shapes, the wood sections create this old/new balance that you don’t see that often. Very striking, and I’m very excited to see what else she produces in the near future. Hopefully more of this aesthetically pleasing work that will only get better with time.