May 242012

Los Ange­les–based designer Azadeh Shladovsky’s Fur­ni­ture Col­lec­tion (May 2012 issue of Elle Dec­o­ra­tion) fea­tures nat­ural, organic forms and mate­ri­als imbued with a sleek glam­our.  The debut-collection is cur­rently on dis­play at Jean de Merry  in Los Angeles.

A self-proclaimed “mate­ri­als junkie”, the Iranian-born Los Ange­les based Shladovsky has the eye of a mod­ernist archi­tect and the finesse of a fine jew­eler.   Her Torre stool is a work of art — the hum­ble stump trans­formed into a func­tional work of art with the addi­tion of sim­ple but strik­ing lin­ear brass inlays. “I couldn’t pos­si­bly, in my wildest dreams, cre­ate some­thing that had as much inter­est and depth as this piece of wood”, Shladovsky  remarks, whilst run­ning her fin­gers across the top of the nat­u­rally creviced oak block that is the basis of her Torre stool.

The nine-piece col­lec­tion is pared down, but rich with con­trast­ing tex­tures.  A ­cock­tail table is con­structed of stacked oak four-by-fours wrapped with nickel bands.  A bench mixes Amer­i­can rose­wood, painted brass, and cush­ions made from clouds of Patag­on­ian long-hair sheep­skin. The same exu­ber­ant uphol­stery tops metal stools and maple ottomans that wouldn’t have been out of place in Jean Harlow’s boudoir.  A col­lec­tion which mar­ries time­less refine­ment with rus­tic elements.

Draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from Cy Twombly, Yves Saint Lau­rent, and Le Cor­busier, Shlad­ovsky treats furniture-making as an artis­tic pur­suit. “Doing away with excess is what’s rel­e­vant now,” she says. “I’m not inter­ested in con­tribut­ing to the land­fill. We can live sim­pler lives with fewer pieces that are more meaningful.”

Torre Stools

Grand Chêne cock­tail table

Alto Ouro table.

Divå stools.

Nuage ottoman.

Source: elledecor.com

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