The Ripple Effect
Ripples are making waves in design.
Wavy and curved styles were a clear direction at London Design Festival. From furniture and lighting to ceramics and glass we've rounded up our team's picks of all things undulating.
Rugs with curved edges brought waves of contrasting colour by Floor Story in collaboration with design duo 2LG. This minimalist yet bold collection showcased how simple shape, colour and material interactions create striking and tactile outcomes.
Undulated neon lighting by glass artist Jochen Holz was a firm favourite at Seeds Gallery as part of Brompton Design District. His sculptural lighting, free from harsh lines or a constrained shape subtly manipulates the light as each curve and ripple alternately softens or intensifies.
Of note Anton Mikkonen, one of 30 new designers exhibiting at this year’s 100% Design, presented The Udon Chair. Through clever use of 2D CNC Milling, Mikkonen was able to craft legs, joints and even the distinctively wavy top in a highly efficient manufacturing process. His aim is to create a sense of play in combining traditional materials, in this case solid ash wood, with modern manufacturing.
HATTERN and LAB.CRETE followed suit with a collection of graphic and rippled furniture as part of their collaborative collection, Pinion Project, on display at London Design Fair. Digitally cut acrylic is set with coloured concrete to create a modern and graphic take on terrazzo complete with a rippled edge.
London based design studio, Extraandordinary’s new collection, ‘Jumony’ inspired by traditional Korean garments looked to ruffled forms. Despite ceramics being undeniably solid, their rippled and curved aesthetic created an impression of soft-touch fluidity.
As part of London Design Festival, Monologue London presented a curated selection of exclusive pieces. Of note Federica Elmo and Bloc Studios Ondamarmo collection included these uniquely free-form and organic shaped tables. Playing with the attributes of marble, the colour and texture is applied to the surface using 3D ink jet printing in a similarly wavy design as the tables themselves.
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Our four page LDF focus will be published in MIX Magazine issue 58
Image credits from top: Bloc Studios Studiopepe | Floor Story 2LG Studio| Seeds London Gallery | Anton Mikkonen Design | HATTERN & LAB.CRETE | ExtraandOrdinary Design | Bloc Studios Federica Elmo