DenHolmBespoke furniture handcrafted in South Australian Limestone
Melbourne-based furniture and art studio, DenHolm, fuses furniture design with Fine Art. The artist behind the studio, Steven John Clark creates original, hand-crafted pieces of furniture art using varied materials. Predominantly showcasing chalky, white-washed South Australian limestone, the Scottish-born artist is fascinated by the material’s rich texture, colour and unique character; stating that it is sometimes sourced with whole shells inside.
The studio does not seek to offer factory made, self assembling pieces, but instead, “something we once thought and felt so much that we made it into something real. An object that others could touch and see.”
brud studiacombining primitive design methods with digital technology
Brud Studia is a Melbourne based furniture & object design studio founded by Mitchell Zurek and Andrew Kelly. Combining brutalist and often primitive design methods with digital technology, their defiantly hefty furniture designs are inspired by monumental communist-era war memorials known as ‘spomenik’.
“We want the method to be the language of the finished object,” says Mitchell, Brud Studia’s creative director.
Their new series of chairs - Glaz (Polish for ‘stone’) - is made from large slabs of travertine in which they cut gaps and tabs, so that the pieces can be slotted together requiring no nails or screws. Stoic and poised, these chairs have real gravitas.
cordon saloniridescent handmade mirrors
Melbourne based design studio Cordon Salon works collaboratively with artists and artisans to create distinct and innovative designs. Their recent series of handmade mirrors combine efforts with local craftspeople to transform transparent glass into a mirrored surface, and incorporate multichromatic finishes.
These mirrors playfully explore the nature of colour and perception, and embody the studio’s commitment to experimentation, whimsy and collaboration as a method for design. The different colours bordering the straight edges of the rectangular glass frame, seep towards the middle to create a curvy, reflective pool in the centre. Seemingly fluid and iridescent, Cordon Salon’s mirrors are developed in accordance with colour theory and psychology.
Driven by curiosity in the lost, forgotten and overlooked, the studio focuses on research and experimentation to reimagine and discover new concepts, process and outcomes. Cordon Salon’s creative director Ella Saddington says, “Our intention is to highlight a rather remarkable antiquated process. Each piece is individual and completely unique”.