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Colour & Materials
Published: 13 Feb 2017

Material Innovation: Supports/Surfaces*

Sitting somewhere between an exhibition space and a shop, Seeds Gallery in London sells limited-edition furniture and home accessories (the 'ds' of Seeds stands for design store). The products on display tread the line between sculptural objects and functional design by incorporating unusual materials and aesthetics that challenge the conventions of domestic objects – a theme we expand on in our Maison & Objet: Lifestyle Trends report.

French designer François Dumas was commissioned to create pieces that draw the works on show together. He used 200m of aluminium profile anodised with a deep blue finish to provide the framework for plinths, shelves, stools, tables, mirrors and trays. The profile is curved using machined cuts on the inner radius, and this fluid framework is paired with decorative veneers from Italian manufacturer Alpi or smoked acrylic mirror, depending on the application.

Materiality is at the core of all the pieces on show. Amsterdam studio Odd Matter showed new tables and shelves that combine pigmented alpha crystalline gypsum (a casting plaster used for architectural detailing) with cork aggregate. The pieces have a purposefully lumpy form and sculptural character. Other notable items include a glazed salt and pepper grinder by London-based duo De Allegri & Fogale, which features in our Kitchen of the Future visual direction, Transformational Cooking.

The entire space is drawn together with a subtle palette that is complemented with large ceramic 3D-printed vessels in soft pink, putty and clay tones by Dutch designer Olivier van Herpt. Many of the emerging designers represented are featured in our Dutch Design Week reports from 2015 and 2016. You can also read more about the exhibition's featured designer Guglielmo Poletti in our blog post Tension-Based Furniture.

Supports/Surfaces* runs at Seeds Gallery until May 20 2017.

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