British designer Alexander Lamont launches a contemporary collection of wallcoverings made of straw
Alexander Lamont has transformed an everyday material into something quite noble. His new Le Mur 2017 wallcoverings collection is entirely handmade in straw marquetry at his studio and workshop in Bangkok. It combines meticulous craftsmanship with refined aesthetics that exude sophistication.
The new collection of panels features three new designs, each demonstrating a different approach to the use of straw as a versatile material. Sonja, designed by Brazilian artist Antonio da Motta Leal and overseen by Lamont, is presented in two colourways and inspired by the works of Ukrainian-born French artist Sonia Delaunay; it features strong abstract lines and large fluid shapes that bring an enigmatic energy to the technique of straw marquetry.
The Labirinto and the Hide and Seek collections feature two designs by famed Como textile designer Erasmo Figini. Labirinto layers reflective straw marquetry in beech wood or ebony with strong tribal patterns that change with the light or position from which they are seen, creating a delicate graphic form and drawing viewers into a three- dimensional world. The Hide and Seek collection takes the linearity and dimensionality of Figini's art and adds a dash of colour. Brown, red and natural straw are applied in 'boxes' of lines that move and deepen dramatically to create a vibrant graphical surface as light infuses them.