Alban Lanore is a self-taught French artist who creates wooden sculptures that replicate the diversity of formations of the Amazonian forest and other woodlands over the world. For years, Lanore carved sculptures of the different plants he encountered during his travels. However, recently he has foc
It’s interesting how art takes on a whole new meaning and presence when you know the entire backstory. I visited the Villa Chochikuyo (read my article here) built in 1928 by the architect Koji Fujii in Kyoto a few years back. This property was considered to be the first “eco house”, applyi
To achieve harmony in all the different areas that make up a great piece of design is no mean feat. Furniture in particular has so many unique elements that it seems as though it would almost be impossible to create a cohesive look that could span a whole collection. That’s why I admired this
Raku dates back to the early 1550’s in Japan and was highly favoured by Zen Buddhist Masters for its simplicity and naturalness. The unique look has always served its purpose well in the world of ceramics. We’ve seen beautiful bowls and vases crafted using this low fire technique where c
It’s rare to come across a designer with a sensibility that’s so natural and flowing. I think when we’re young much of this originality is driven out of us, possibly through our need to find stability and control in our lives, or other factors that surround us as we age. French des
French artist, Benjamin Plé, is a master of many mediums. Working with oil, watercolor, ink, and sculpture, Plé has crafted a sophisticated and unified body of work. Plé graduated from the renowned art school “Met de Penninghen” in 2002, after which he spent 5 years honing his craft a
French artist, Marie Liebhardt, uses textures to tell a story through her ceramic collection titled, “Flaws.” Like sidewalks, walls, furniture, and building facades, the pieces in this collection are not perfect. Time deteriorates them, brings out flaws in the materials, common textures on an un
This project is run by Florian Pretet and Lisa Mukhia Pretet who linked together to found Atelier Fevrier, a project specialising in contemporary rugs that are handmade by Nepalese artisans.
French designer Mathieu Delacroix has been able to capture both rustic and refined in his series titled Taso that consists of wooden vases and bowls made by a woodworker on the lathe.
Paris-based interior architect and designer Stéphane Parmentier has to be commended for his ability to stray from the rules and make works that have links to everyday life but also have elements of frivolity.
Swiss-French designer Julie Richoz recently designed a collection of vases with with Nouvel Studio titled 'Isla' in blown glass that celebrates the chromatic richness of glass as a material.
This work by Damien Gernay captured my attention and made me think deeply about the textures and materials that he's using and how they could be intertwined to work in a functional manner.