Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Designer spotlight: Bethan Gray

Like so many, I often look forward to reviewing all the highlights from the Maison et Objet shows in Paris at the beginning of the new year. They often provide a lot of insight into upcoming trends and new materials and also highlight some pretty spectacular new designs and products. One of my favourites from the recent show was the work by British designer Bethan Gray with her new Stud series of tables. A simple profile with a delightful detail in the metal studded table edges inspired by Asian and Arabic doors. 

I was first acquainted with Bethan's beautiful work through my discovery of Mint in London, whom Bethan has collaborated with on her Brogue series of tables with a similarly delightful detail - table edges embellished with laser cut leather details (similar to classic brogue shoes). I love this little twist (and that amazing artwork displayed behind the pieces!) and this clever play of fashion influences into furniture design. It's a great example too of how exceptional design not about some mind blowing new formation, but more often about these small, thoughtful details that can elevate a piece to a whole new level. 

Photos: Bethan Gray

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