Adam and Arthur models colourful straw marquetry collection


The Gorgeous Corpse collection contains a handful of handmade furnishings pieces embellished with a present day just take on straw marquetry in vivid, custom created-dyed colors.

The line, which has been shortlisted for a Dezeen Awards 2020 in the home furnishings structure class, is a collaboration amongst Australian industrial designer Adam Goodrum and French marquetry artisan Arthur Seigneur, who make up style duo Adam and Arthur.

Longbow credenza, Talleo tallboy and Archant console
The straw utilised to produce the inlays was hand-dyed. Photo is by Victoria Zschommler

Their Exquisite Corpse collection contains a tallboy, a console and a credenza, and was named right after the French parlour activity Cadavre Exquis, invented by members of the avant-garde Surrealist art movement in 1925.

“In the game, a player sketches a physique element or other image on a piece of paper, prior to folding the paper to conceal what they have drawn and passing it on to the subsequent player, and so on,” Seigneur instructed Dezeen.

“The completed figures are probably to be wildly inventive and typically bizarre,” he additional.

“The recreation sums up our collaborative course of action and captures the incredible anxiety in our back and forth selection generating, with type, styles and colors particular only by the mandate to celebrate straw marquetry’s dazzling visual consequences.”

The Archant console seen from the side
The Archant console is created from birch ply and brass with a straw marquetry inlay

Adam and Arthur labored with artisan cabinet makers to make the furnishings, which was then covered with straw marquetry – the 17th-century art of generating hand-crafted ornamental types from thin, flattened strips of rye straw – by Seigneur.

“For Gorgeous Corpse, we preferred to push the reflective attributes of straw that are amplified by a variety of surface region guidelines, and in addition challenge the classic computer software of straw marquetry that is normally only reserved for the entrance flat floor,” the studio reported.

Vibrant colours on the Longbow credenza and Talleo tallboy
Adam and Arthur expended a 12 months and a 50 % on making the collection. Photo is by Victoria Zschommler

Just about each and every out there region has been adorned with the straw, which was laid with contrasting grain path to create an extra illusion of 3-dimensionality.

The Talleo tallboy performs by making use of a lot a lot more than 14,000 individual strands, the Longbow credenza 10,000 and the Archant console 7,000.

“The flexibility of the substance enables us to implement the straw to any situation,” Seigneur defined. “We have created strategies with customized tools which enable us to use curved patterns to 3-dimensional sorts.”

The technique of generating the surfaces is labour-intense and sluggish – the three components in the collection, which have been exhibited at Tolarno Gallery and purchased to private collectors, took a year and a 50 % to make.

Longbow credenza and Archant console seen from front
The inlaid surfaces have a organic irregularity

Every person strand of straw is distinctive, which offers the inlaid surfaces a purely organic irregularity and creates a painterly outstanding.

“Straw reflects light like no other lacquer in the atmosphere,” Seigneur talked about. “Ecologically, straw is a outstanding supplies that has a negligible influence on our earth and is very speedy and sustainable to mature.”

The designers preferred to exploit “the electric energy of colour” in its carry out and chosen lively, custom-dyed hues for the marquetry.

Colourful flattened rye straw
Straw utilized for marquetry, created from ribbon-thin, flattened slithers of rye straw

They initially arrived up with the colour mixtures on a laptop or laptop, ahead of creating scale merchandise to finesse the types. The straw, which is imported from Burgundy, France, was then hand-dyed by Seigneur.

“By means of experimentation, Arthur has pushed the boundaries and accomplished an ivory hue something by no means ever achieved in straw just ahead of,” the studio talked about.

Collection view of the Longbow credenza, Talleo tallboy and Archant console
Straw marquetry “rebels in opposition to the constraints of time.” Photo is by Victoria Zschommler

Preserving standard abilities like straw marquetry is “important” in a publish-industrialised planet, the studio explained.

“Our consumerist, place up-industrialised culture indicates objects want to be produced a lot more quickly and a lot faster,” it extra.  “Straw marquetry has the luxurious to be the opposite its lengthy handmade preparation and application technique rebels versus the constraints of time.”

Other assignments shortlisted for the house furnishings style and design and style award include Vegahouse’s Zalue Bamboo Basket Stool, manufactured working with a procedure of “knitting” with bamboo.

Photos is by Andrew Curtis, apart from specifically exactly where mentioned.