Ornate household furniture by Bethan Laura Wooden for Nilufar

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Boudoir-deserving home furniture from Bethan Laura Wood

As Bethan Laura Wooden marks ten years of collaboration with Nilufar, her Ornate household furniture collection is impressed by the boudoir, jewelry structure and vibrant bugs (5 September – 27 November 2021)

British designer Bethan Laura Wooden and Milanese gallery Nilufar current Ornate, a selection of furnishings inspired by the layout of the boudoir. That includes a bedhead, lights, cabinets, a desk and mirrors, the collection attracts from assorted inspirations and functions a selection of elements and procedures. The Ornate assortment also marks Wood’s ten a long time of collaboration with Nilufar and its founder, Nina Yashar. It will be demonstrated in the Via della Spiga gallery throughout Salone del Mobile (and until 27 November 2021), next to parts from Wood’s earlier collections. 

Bethan Laura Wooden and Nilufar current Ornate

‘Meisen’ cupboard. Pictures: EmanueleTortora

The new collection exemplifies the richness of Wood’s eclectic, colourful visible universe. Items in glass, wood veneer and CNC-milled aluminium are proof of her passion for craft techniques old and new, and her ability to distil cultural references and inspirations from previous aesthetic movements as perfectly as from her travels. 

‘Ornate represents the perfect dialogue and the finest feasible interpretation of the numerous cultures that inspired Bethan,’ obverves Yashar, ‘and a quite present-day point of perspective that manages to force risky boundaries to extremes, whilst keeping whole harmony.’ 

Detail of the ‘Bon Bon’ sconce. Photography: EmanueleTortora

At the centre of the collection is the boudoir, a conventional, female place that Wood reinterprets with a modern lens. The designer drew from her most recent travels to Japan (correct before global vacation shut down in early 2020), but also from her interest in art nouveau, designed by means of a collaboration with Perrier-Jouët the British Aesthetic Movement and jewellery. 

‘I’ve always been interested in taking jewelry and the smaller sized-scale objects that have typically been connected with women, and reimagining them off the physique, taking over bigger architectural areas,’ she says. ‘For a very long time, these ephemeral merchandise have been unbelievably vital to gals, as one particular of the several points that they could have possession above, a way to specific by themselves when they weren’t authorized to possess assets.’

‘Meisen’ desk. Pictures: EmanueleTortora

The Ornate selection is a visible feast. The wiggly curves of the ‘Ornate’ bedhead and sconces, partly encouraged by Alexander Calder’s bedhead layout for Peggy Guggenheim, are produced in collaboration with Neal Feay in CNC-milled and anodised aluminium. The ‘Meisen’ cupboards and desk, inspired by Japanese kimonos and colourful bugs, check out the course of action of wooden veneer with professional Alpi.

A continuation of Wood’s ongoing collaboration with Pyrex glass expert Pietro Viero (with whom she made her Nilufar debut in 2011, with the ‘Totem’ lights), the ‘Bon Bon’ lighting sequence features a chandelier and sconces that press the boundaries of Pyrex producing, mixing milky and transparent glass in candy palettes. And ultimately, the ‘Aperitivo’ mirrors establish on the designer’s ‘Tutti-Frutti – Melon’ mirror, created with specialist Barbini, and discover Wood’s desire in connecting modern day aesthetics with standard craftsmanship.

Nilufar’s 10 a long time of collaboration with Bethan Laura Wooden

A piece from Bethan Laura Wood’s Superfake assortment, produced employing marquetry methods in collaboration with Abet Laminati. 1 of the initial acquisitions by Nilufar of the British designer’s do the job, it will be shown amongst other archive pieces as component of the exhibition. Images: Amendolagine e Barracchia

The exhibition will also showcase more mature pieces from Wood’s decade-long collaboration with Nilufar, offering an overview of her artistic evolution. ‘The to start with time I satisfied [Bethan], she was presenting her graduation undertaking in Lambrate through Milan Style and design Week,’ recalls Yashar. ‘What amazed me most was the technique she employed: it was in essence laminated marquetry, and the attractive motif experienced so a lot of particulars, obsessive facts, it definitely struck me. I just assumed it was so exciting that she applied this sort of a advanced and impressive approach to a matter that is not considered very noble.’

‘Bethan has been equipped to respond incredibly to one particular of the most difficult difficulties for a inventive: she renewed her strategies, the processes, the issues she utilised and the narrative she applied to just about every project’ – Nina Yashar

Wood’s function has due to the fact expanded into furnishings and objects produced from a selection of elements and techniques. ‘Bethan has been in a position to react astonishingly to one particular of the most difficult troubles for a creative: she renewed her tactics, the processes, the matters she used and the narrative she used to just about every challenge,’ continues the gallerist.

For Wooden, performing with Nilufar has been an prospect to consider her do the job into new directions, and has formed an vital section of her structure schooling. ‘Nina has this sort of an remarkable eye and know-how, in certain of Italian style and design,’ suggests Wooden. ‘Through her I have figured out a ton about designers like Gio Ponti, and that conversation has genuinely educated my observe and taught me a ton about form and scale, and pushed me to develop bigger in my get the job done.’ §

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