My daughter arrived home yesterday and announced ‘Today is the first day of spring – we can have a picnic!’. I had to disappoint, shuddering in the Siberian wind chill, which has penetrated even the kitchen’s aga warmth. But it turns out little signs are everywhere, mainly of the string variety, string having that jaunty, nautical feel -and it keeps popping up over the last few days, for example Anthropologie‘s spring email arrived today and it featured ‘rope’, a sur-real lamp:
Cute – I thought, and then I realised it really has been a string week. In London I visited Jonathon Adler‘s new Sloane Avenue store, more of a pilgrimage really, and swooned over most things including …the string-wrapped banister:
In his case complemented by hessian backdrop and lashing of fab vases:
A visit later that day to The French House‘s store yielded, a copper pendant with string-wrapped fitting, glamorous utility chic.
String on the brain, I mentally reviewed why I like it so.
Tick – It is slightly tongue-in-cheek, surprising.
Tick – its tactile, rustic nature adds warmth and depth to modern interiors, a casual element in formal spaces.
Tick – it’s a great texture
Tick – The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss contains the excellent ‘History of String‘.
The pieces above are easy ‘string moments’, gentle on the eye and the wallet. Of course there is another level, rope, here resides Christian Astuguevieille: sculptor, perfumer, creative director – his rope furniture is extra-ordinary.
He simply states: I create the shapes, then I cover them.
designers (Laura Day/Kara Mann) expand this in design-speak: His pieces are not about functionality or utility, they are about interaction. Utilizing tactile materials, he redefines conventional objects so that we look at them in a new way.
After I had read Guy Trebay’s article and interview, I am at one with ‘design-speak’. Monsieur Astuguevieille comes accross as rare, fascinating, brilliantly and fabulously eccentric. So rope-lust firmly up, I looked at a couple of knock out interiors featuring his pieces.
Christian Astuguevieille’s chest of drawers in situ at Hotelito, LA designer’s Mexican hideaway hotel
Christian Astuguevieille’s Rope table, chairs and kitchen unit
A close up of one of his chandalier’s lumoir
nesting side tables
Console on artnet
So…Here’s to string, may the picnic blanket get shaken out soon and sea salt fill the air as we enjoy sun-filled days.
Hotelito: the Telegraph. Rope kitchen unit: cocozy.com, Chandalier: Holly Hunt.