Project Wales ~ The Dragon, smoke & ash

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

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In my previous blog, I discussed and illustrated how to use Wales’s No.1 emblem, the Dragon, in design without being tacky or cliché. The focus was on the colour red and the Dragon’s morphology. To prove  there are many ways to channel the Dragon, this blog is about it’s smoke and fire. So with a slightly oblique point of view we can use the following as inspiration for luxury design with Welsh spirit.

Swirling warm greys and tainted creams in the flattest and driest mat finishes create a powerful end result. It’s imperative to respect the diaphanous quality of smoke, so be soft, layered, plush, velvety and blurred. There is a definite sense of expanse in the following sourced images. The detail is in the minimal finish with quality textures of wool, silk, linen, glass and wood. Abait from hard cold textures.

Fire, embers and carbon are the remains of the day. Perfectly carbonised wood has a silky, smooth texture whilst revealing the beauty of wood.
I particularly like the product silhouettes by Kieran Higgins where carbonised stools and vessels have shapes similar to dragon eggs. The exquisite blended mirror by Thomas Eurlings grades from carbon black to clear. Minimal and unforgettable.
These fit perfectly with my earlier blog >>> Anthracite and using it as design inspiration


Grey interior 1: Hannah in the House.


Grey interior 2: Unknown


Grey interior 3: Unknown


Grey silk rug: Thomas O’Brien


Grey interior 4: Studio Oliver Gustav


Grey interior elevator: Unknown


Grey interior 5: Unknown


Marquetry Sideboard: Welsh designer, Bethan Gray.


Marquetry Sideboard detail: Welsh designer, Bethan Gray.


Steel frame chairs: Unknown.


Pampas grass installation: Ruby Mary Lennox


Cloud wallpaper: Cole & Son


Earthen wear plates: Twin earth ceramics


Embossed plates: Unknown


Mirror: Thomas Eurlings


Two tone pottery: Coco Lapine Design


Veined Plates: Sturdy Living


Carbonised vessel: Kieran Higgins


Carbonised stools: Kieran Higgins


Rocking chair: Gregg Lipton


Wrapped coat: Rick Owens


Wool coat: La Garconne


Pleated coat: Issey Miyake


Feather trousers: Zsa Zsa Bellagio


Feather gown: Alexander McQueen


Suede Stiletto: Christian Louboutin


Suede handbag: Hermes

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