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Studio Isabell Gatzen explores contrasts with Debut collection

by Sophie Cullen on Jun 9, 2015 in Products
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Studio Isabell Gatzen's Debut collection takes inspiration from renowned Dutch artist M.C. Escher

Studio Isabell Gatzen's Debut collection takes inspiration from renowned Dutch artist M.C. Escher

Since 2013, Studio Isabell Gatzen has sought to create a range of modern and luxurious products for the home, kitchen and office. Recently, the Swiss-based firm exhibited at the Milan Design Week for the first time

The Debut collection takes inspiration from renowned Dutch artist M.C. Escher and incorporates his signature stylistic elements such as rigid symmetry, bold lines and optical illusions. Simple shapes and a monochromatic palette work together to present a range that is both functional and playful.

For the design team, choosing the correct materials to execute their vision was at the core of their process. Aluminium, marble, brass, glass and wool all feature in the collection and are used to complement and contrast each other. Many pieces are made from interconnecting parts, allowing them to be constructed and utilised in various ways.

One of the key pieces of the collection is the 721 Candlestick, which is made from solid brass and can be arranged in multiple ways to suit different occasions.

With each piece weighing 721 grams, the candlestick can be interlocked in multiple ways.

With each piece weighing 721 grams, the candlestick can be interlocked in multiple ways

The Don’t Screw With Me shelf uses white Parthenon marble that is supported by a contrasting anodised aluminium frame. The structure has been engineered precisely so that the shelves and frame fit together and eliminate the need for screws.

Greek marble and an aluminium frame from Germany work together to create a self-supporting unit.

Greek marble and an aluminium frame from Germany work together to create a self-supporting unit

Also in the collection, the Hook Me Up table juxtaposes a circular smoked glass table top with three interlocking, white marble legs, allowing the base to be admired from every angle.

The strong marble allowed the designers to carve into the legs of the table precisely, thus creating a traditional burr joint.

The strong marble allowed the designers to carve into the legs of the table precisely, thus creating a traditional burr joint

Escher's inspiration can be clearly seen in the See Right Through Me mirror. Using the same marble that is consistently seen throughout the collection, the designers have crafted a piece using a one way mirror that plays with light and allows the viewer to either see right through it or catch a glimpse in the reflection.

Three sizes of circular mirror can be found in the collection.

Three sizes of circular mirror can be found in the collection

 

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