Author Archives: Jenny

Raw Nibbled Decay

In our wonderfully mechanised pixel perfect times its a refreshing change to see work that celebrates the chaotic nature of decay.

Deliberately unfinished, encouraged degradation or manipulated in the creative process these are pieces that don’t have the perfect glossy fine edges we’ve come to expect in  manufactured production work.


Helen Carnac’s piece Each Other explores the relationship between steel and vitreous enamel. We’re so used to seeing this same pristine enamel in its domestic environment; its used for ‘white wear’, sinks, bath, pots and pans, where spots and marks are signs of imperfection and rejected.

Helen deliberately draws and scratches into the enamel (sgraffito)  to create  an unpredictable  reaction between the oxidised steel and the enamel during firing. Further grinding and abrading other areas to a matt finish creates a piece that examines the relationship between the material. In its conventional use the enamel smothers the steel and we have no sense of what lies beneath.


‘My primary material is metal and from this I take my position of understanding, of not just other materials but of the world that we live in…

Recently I learnt that many generations ago some of my maternal line of family were master engravers. I was taken aback by this and felt a certain recognition that one of my primary interests – scratching with metal on metal may be hard wired in me. This helped me think again about my compulsion in making to find and make marks’


Peter Marigold created his Dodai bench for the Japan Creative exhibition Simple Vision at  Milan Salone de Mobile 2012. Working with the Japanese Furniture company Hinoki Kogei he created a bench from a logs of the Hiba tree, a Japanese Cypress known for its wonderful natural aroma.  As you can see from the images below, splitting the log is no easy process and has changed little in centuries. And instead of sanding and polishing the wood is left in its raw natural state; with aroma intact.  



All images are provided courtesy of ⓒ Nacása&Partners.


 Although I have a huge love of glass I’ve never been a fan of cut glass. I do however love Jakub Berdych’s intentionally distorted vases created for Czech design brand Qubus.

His Metamorphosis collection uses pieces already in commercial production but they’re melted and teased out of shape,their perfect cut lines twisted and distorted. Following on from this is his new Born Broken Collection. Again using production pieces they chipped and nibbled at creating a beautiful and ‘imperfect’ sister of the production piece.



I’m hungry plates by Alfonso Merry DelVal for Merry Design created a witty set of dishes. The food was so good it’ll make you want to eat the plate! A simple white version of these plates were shown at Maison et Objet and I have to say I think I preferred them – and I usually hate white plates!




Pudelskern developed two pieces for  rug specialists Stepevi – Fragment (shown above) and Patina (below).

Both Fragment  and Patina are semi felted wool with irregular edges and colour that is saturated and faded. They have the sense of ageing and maturation although they are entirely new.Inspired by faded grandeur and the natural decay of materials over time, Fragment is like a piece of faded wallpaper and Patina a section of the wall beneath cracked, damaged but beautiful.






Maison et Objet January 2012

I’ve had an incredibly busy month so as a quick fix here are a few images from Maison et Objet trend areas.


Art’keting by Francios Bernard looked at  “Hyper-personalization” bringing the unexpected in and creating a space where the home is a work of art and you are its creator. Its a rather uplifting attitude to the home , especially in a time of such upheaval and continuing economic gloom. Each room had its own personality and ambiance  – perhaps I’m a little schizophrenic but I’d be happy in each of the three I’ve picture below!

Geo room (seen above featured)  Gravel Plant by Mieke Meijer (seen in the foreground) and like Mieke’s piece plays with shapes and volume within the home environment.

Bernard_Artketing1The Playmobile table above was specially commissioned for Art’keting  – I think it was my favourite piece in the whole show. I’d love this playful mini army in my house! Bringing more character into the home was one of my posts from last year.

Moderniste_Maison_et_Objet-Francoise-BernardModerniste looked like the room of a huge Picasso fan!

DreamRoomThe Dream Box by Elizabeth Leriche was a  trip into the imaginary world. Above is a room of f twisted perspectives. Over sized teacups, oversized necklace  with a light  and a HUGE pink Anglepoise Lamp. The Alice in wonderland effect completed with a tiny door.

Within this dreamscape it was wonderful to finally experience Carnovsky’s RGB wallpaper designs! As the light changes colour different parts of the pattern leap out at you. Possibly a little nighmareish for a bedroom but amazing all the same!




Ombré refers to fabric that has been dyed in a variety of ways: dip dyeing, color bleeding, or gradated dyeing, it’s an effect usually achieved by hand dipping fabric in dye so that it gradually goes from light to dark, or sometimes from one color to another. Controlled seeping of dye creates  amazing textures in the fabric. The less controlled dyeing gives the sense of a handmade piece of textile with unique pattern.

Bouroullec_Quilt_Chair_Ombre_Est&SonsEstablished & Sons have produced and ombré version of the Bouroullec’s Quilt chair.Bouroullec_Quilt_Chair_Ombre_Est&Sons_Detail

Moroso_Ombre_SofaAt Milan Salone del Mobile Moroso showed a very controlled Ombré sofa that graduated from a light to dark pink. Incredibly confusing for the camera to shot.

Margrethe_Odgaard_Flip_Flap_Fold_TablerunnerFlip Flap Fold by textile designer Margrethe Odgaard. The dye seeps across the folds of the fabric enhancing the effect of the delicate origami folds

Josefine_Wiel_Fredén_TextileTextile designer  Josefine Wiel Fredén produces some beautiful fabric that has less control than the previous examples. The dye is allowed a little more of a free run. Huge patches of indigo and scarlet dyes have been manipulated just enough to create a repeat pattern; but not enough to feel mechanical produced. Each bolt of fabric is unique.

Alexa_Lixfeld_Cashmere_ThrowAlexa Lixfeld’s Cashmere throw uses the old method of tying the fabric to prevent the dye taking in those areas.

underfull_1_tekst2Underfull Tablecloth by Kristine Bjaadal At first glance the tablecloth appears to be an ordinary damask tablecloth. Its only when the cloth has been used and abused that the pattern really forms. “Some stains , like red wine, are hard to clean, but since they will be formed as figures, the tablecloth will not look stained. The figures will form a pale, shadowy pattern that will grow as the tablecloth is used over time. This creates stories and can contribute to giving the tablecloth a sentimental value.”