Kelly Wearstler launches the ‘Transcendence’ collection, featuring eight furniture pieces, six lighting designs and a series of objects for the home.
A collection that ‘explores materiality and challenges scale’, the designs come from some of Wearstler’s most celebrated private interior projects, and act as an extension of the interior designer’s visual language, both expanding on recurring themes in her work and introducing new aesthetic directions. Each piece was designed by Weastler and produced in collaboration with craftspeople from the Southern California area.
Kelly Wearstler furniture design: the ‘Trascendence’ collection
The point of departure for the collection, Wearstler explains, was ‘pushing the boundaries of each material, transcending the traditional form of each raw material.’ The collection includes the ‘Oblique’ series, inspired by a striped wooden dining table Wearstler originally designed for a residential project and later expanded into a series of tables declined in varying shapes and sizes featuring the striped motif made from angle-cut hardwood.
Another series of small tables is the ‘Triad’, also originally from a residential project and defined by large marble volumes wrapped in thick brass sheets. Moving on to storage furniture, the ‘Colina’ features a pair of monolithic, sculptural credenzas and one nightstand, designed with a plaster-like exterior which was hand-sculpted from resin contrasting with the walnut interior.
Other pieces include organic-shaped bowls and essential lighting features, which Wearstler widely employs throughout her interior projects to add depth and shape. The collection includes table lamps, sconces, pendants and chandeliers in a wide range of materials, from brass and bronze to glass, stone and alabaster.
The collection is defined by strong geometries, its pure lines enriched by the varied material palette and muted colours. She says: ‘I look to find tension in each piece, balancing the familiar with the unexpected to create something that is both inviting and provides a new perspective.
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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.
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