Design, like any form of art, is often inspired by our surroundings. This week, we bring you five pieces that were designed with some recognizable silhouettes in mind.
Garcia Cumini, 2015
The Spokes was inspired by images of antique oriental lanterns and exotic aviaries. The designers observed the spokes of a bicylce wheel, which is what gave the lamp its name. The result of the designers’ exploration is soft shapes within a lightweight lamp which holds the light source, allowing it to filter out into the room.
Gubi Olsen, 1986
Gubi Olsen combined his unique postmodernist expression with classic Danish craftsmanship to create the Grand Piano, a chaise-like sofa inspired by French cinema, the Empire Style of Napoleon Bonaparte, and of course, a grand piano.
Lievore, Altherr, Molina, 2005
The observation of nature is revealed in the shape of Lievore, Altherr, Molina’s Leaf Chair collection, displaying an irregular design reminiscent of the branches of a tree or the veins in a leaf. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
Fabricius Kastholm, 1968
Iconic design duo Fabricius & Kastholm designed a range of minimalist furniture that has withstood the test of time. Appropriately named after the critter it mimics, the FK87 Grasshopper is manufactured in the same factory using the same tools as in the 1960s to make the original furniture.
Romani Saccani Architects, 2009 | 2011
Reminiscent of a beautiful pearl necklace, the 24 Pearls suspension light encapsulates the timeless style and exquisite craftsmanship that is characteristic of Vistosi. The two series of blown glass spheres in chrome and white colours are arranged in a two level ring that creates a kaleidoscopic effect of light and reflection.