Project Wales ~ The Dragon, colour & form

THE DRAGON as inspiration: on our quest to make Wales more identifiable in the luxury design industry.

Click this link to learn about the movement.

Using the nation’s red Dragon could easily spiral into a tacky or cliché design motif. In the luxury market, including exclusive interiors, top tier fashion, architecture and fine art, the Dragon, at first seems implausible as a source of inspiration. However, if we talk about national identity the Dragon is number 1, so we must look into ways of including the dragon that haven’t been seen before.

This blog will address its morphology that can be pointed or serpentine, and its colour  that is a rich red.

The Dragon is a formidable character, strong and powerful, so when using red, go maximalist. Different reds, layered up and used on ceiling and floor looks enticing, original and stylish. Red lighting, neon or filtered brings further fantasy and intensity. As the old saying goes, ‘If you cant go big, don’t go at all’. So a simple red wall won’t suffice. Some of the commercial interior pictures below show how red can be used, whats more, walls and floors channel the shape of a dragon with 3D tiles, structural attachments and facades.

I particularly like the auditorium where the entire space is scarlet, but the ceiling is faceted into undulating fractals and triangles, creating movement and a sense of scales or armour.

Staircases in red is a really effective way of making a statement. The way staircases climb through buildings is animal-like while the steps and risers feel like a boney spine.

Heatherwick studio make incredible stairways where every step is different. The ox-blood stair below is from the new London buses, it look bespoke and organic, whilst being robust and practical. The proceeding picture of the spiral staircase looks like a Dragon’s tail.

Chihuly glass in piercing spikes make incredible entrances and chandeliers that have a certain, dragon like flavour.

Take a look at the following pictures and be inspired by the bravery of all red.

Image Credits:

Red interior restaurant: Verner Panton Spiegel canteen, Hanburg.
Red interior auditorium: Theatre Agora, Netherlands.
Red interior 3: Charada Club by Cuarto Interior.
Red drinks bar: Wyld Bar, London.
Neon bathroom: Unknown.
Organic staircases 1 & 2: Heatherwick Studio.
Multi-level staircase: Unknown.
Spiral Staircase: Nauset Lighthouse, Cape Cod.
Red lacquer chair: Fornasetti.
Red spherical form: Tony Cragg.
Glass tunnel: Chihuly Studio.
Glass chandelier: Chihuly Studio.
Feather hat: Christian Dior.
Ostrich feather gown: Alexander McQueen.
Black and Red fur coat:Ann Demeulemeester.
Red embellished tights: Zuhair Murad.
Red Tudor outfit: Alexander McQueen.
Red handbag: Chanel.

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