Tuesday 6 December 2016

Sculpted beauty


Amanda Kavanagh

Published 05/06/2016 | 02:30

The Cymbal Chandelier was developed with the architect and drummer Greg Tisdall. Made from copper, it bounces a warm light around any room. Prices from €350-€795; shanehollanddesign.com
The Cymbal Chandelier was developed with the architect and drummer Greg Tisdall. Made from copper, it bounces a warm light around any room. Prices from €350-€795; shanehollanddesign.com
Firende vase, €30, ikea.ie
BeoLab 90 speakers, €79,995 a pair, bang-olufsen.com
Alessi lemon squeezer, €62, brownthomas.com
Lamp in ash and beech, price on request, shanetubridfurniture.ie
Ding table, €400, normann-copenhagen.com

Aside from the odd mantlepiece or side table addition, having a home play host to sculpture is a rarity.

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For most, the space simply isn't there to indulge it. Functional pieces with a sculptural feel are the ideal work around. From abstract furniture to pendant lighting and even kitchen utensils, there is a myriad of ways to express your personality through artistic interiors.

Shane Holland Design in Co Meath are known for their sculptural work across lighting and furniture, as well as public works. Look up as you pass through The Loop in Dublin Airport's Terminal 1 and you can't miss their sweeping copper swirl installation for the Irish Whiskey Collection. Meanwhile, in Galway, they've just completed a piece for the new Marconi/Alcock & Brown Centre near Clifden.

Demand for sculptural pieces is rising among residential clients too. "These are mainly feature pieces in the double-height areas, like stairwells," Shane explains. "We've also done some wall pieces with integrating lighting, such as the Porpoise Hibernicus, which uses a Porpoise skeleton found on a kayak trip off Skerries."

His team vary their use of materials. Primarily, they work with copper, followed by stainless steel and composite aluminium on interior pieces, while for exteriors, weathering or COR-TEN steel is key. At the House 2016 interiors event in the RDS last month, their salmon leaping installation above the bar caused a stir; however, more accessible pieces also drew attention.

"Our stand was a great opportunity to get back exhibiting into the residential interiors market. The show was very positive for us and we had a great reaction to some of our new Cymbals and the new 'Fractal' Rurays desk light," Shane says.

The Cymbal projects a warm and welcoming light. It is minimalistic when hung solo, but creates a sense of grandeur when grouped together. The latter won the International Design Excellance Awards for product design in 2011 and is based on the heard, but not seen, legendary Tonn Ruraigh wave in Co Down. It's striking, sculptural and very accessible.

There is plenty to admire at home and overseas too.

"Internationally, I like the scale and ambition of Gerry Judah's huge works for some of the big car companies, such as Porsche and Mazda," Shane says. "I also think Joseph Walsh is a superb Irish designer incorporating sculpture into his field of furniture."

Although Shane cites world-leading examples with a sculptural aesthetic, it's not always a case of go big or go home.

Fans of this style can really vary the scale of embellishment, from grand chandeliers to single furniture pieces and simple accessories.

Vase, €30

The Firande vase is inspired by ancient Egypt. Each is handmade, so no two are exactly the same; ikea.ie

Speakers, €79,995 a pair

A serious investment, these BeoLab 90 have to be heard to be believed; bang-olufsen.com

Lemon Squeezer, €62

Philippe Starck once said that the Alessi Juicy Salif is not just to squeeze lemons, but to start conversations; brownthomas.com

Lamp, price on request

This piece is carved from solid ash with the shade made from spalted beech. shanetubridfurniture.ie

Table, €400

The Ding table slots together without any screws or tools to create a sculptural knot; normann-copenhagen.com

Amanda Kavanagh is editor of Image Interiors & Living magazine

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