From Brittany Mauriss on September 08, 2009 in CalFinder News
More and more, Im getting the feeling that the movement in furniture design is leading us toward completely crazy shapes. Everything is out of control amorphous blobs are replacing drawers and shelves. Symmetry is a thing of the past. Chaos and mix/match are the characteristics du jour. And its not so bad.
If theres one thing I cant stand, its the cookie-cutter lifestyle, where there are ticky-tacky houses in a row and they all look just the same - as do their interiors and residents. Standing out like a sore thumb is starting to grow on society; conformity and sameness are out, uniqueness and singularity are in. Not only is this development happening in society, but its dominating the marketplace as well.
Melia Design, for instance, makes furniture that is out-of-this-world. There are chests of drawers that look like they should be on the launch pad, benches that have you wondering if theyll eject you because of their crouching, ready to pounce, appearance, and tables that look like they might be used as hardware on vehicles for fifty-foot tall people.
Its amazing what can come from innovative people with big imaginations. Whats even more amazing is that they can mass-produce the creative pieces theyve designed, while still maintaining a small design firms service-oriented practices. This allows for genuinely one-of-a-kind pieces if you hire them privately.
The British company has only a few designs for several different furniture categories, but each one is so unique and can be custom-colored to match or complement your existing décor. They really pride themselves on the lacquered finish, which is sanded smooth between each layer of lacquer, then buffed and polished for a perfect sheen, which unfortunately, will last all of a second and a half at my house.