Wallpaper - 07.2019

(Nancy Kaufman) #1



Maritime treasures are a shore
thing for design inspiration

Raking the shorelines for culinary
ingredients and cosmetic remedies has
long been a popular pursuit, and now
the design world is getting in on the act.
More nostalgic in nature, design’s focus
is on the maritime treasures such as
shells and pebbles that make up
childhood collections. We’ve spotted
a vase by Ferm Living that looks like
a conch; sea anemone-like tableware
for Snøhetta’s new Under restaurant,
located underwater off a rocky shoreline
in southern Norway; sculptures by
Fiamma Colonna Montagu that look
like stone stacks; trays and wall hooks
by AYTM that resemble clam shells;
and floor lights by Sylvain Rieu-Piquet
that could pass for opaque resin pebbles
when switched off, and are soothingly
phosphorescent when lit.

US sculptor Louise Nevelson was
known for her abstract monochromatic
assemblages of scavenged wood. Later,
she began to create jewellery, applying
her keen eye to much smaller objects,
and this side of her practice is currently
on show in an exhibition at Design
Miami/Basel. Forming part of the Curio
platform, it’s in three groups: personal
pieces from the 1960s; pendants
designed for a production at the Opera
Theatre of Saint Louis in 1984; and
a previously unseen set of pendants
made shortly before her death in 1988.
Didier Ltd presents ‘Paint it Black:
The Jewels of Louise Nevelson’ at Design
Miami/Basel, designmiami.com/curio



‘Shell’ pot, £75, by Ferm
Living. Standing Forms, 2016,
£13,000, by Michael Peterson,
from Sarah Myerscough
Gallery. Being Me totem,
£13,200, by Fiamma Colonna
Montagu, from Willer.
Galet M, €2,500; Galet S,
€2,000, both 2018, by Sylvain
Rieu-Piquet and Ymer
& Malta. ‘Concha’ wall hook,
£60, by AYTM, from Haygen


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