Steven John Clark, the artist behind Melbourne-based art and design studio, denHolm, manipulates South Australian limestone by hand to create bespoke furniture pieces with tactile, visual and visceral properties which exceed their functional use. Collected globally and featured in the internationally acclaimed publication, Wallpaper, among others, denHolm designs are at once intriguing and evocative.
Surrounding himself with found objects of interesting shapes, colours and textures, Clark crafts each unique form by hand, hammer and chisel. Working with a refined and distinctive aesthetic, denHolm merges Clark’s background in traditional craftsmanship with the experimental nature of fashion and design inspiring his creative practice.
Describing his process, Clark states, “I’m quite a manic worker, with varying materials and interesting tools. I’m constantly working with forms in my mind and reacting to my mistakes, never afraid of taking it too far.” Shaped by his childhood freedom to explore the small Scottish town of Denholm, in which Clark grew up and named his studio after, his intuitive practice rejects uniformity in many ways.
Despite this, the creative process through which denHolm pieces come to life prioritises the space in which they will inhabit. “I really react to a space, and how my work will work in that space,” Clark states. Conceptualising his designs either on paper or the walls around him, Clark transfers his sketches directly onto the stone before carving his creations. Reading differently from every angle, each piece evokes curiosity, wonder and a new experience at every encounter.