Project Wales ~ The Dragon, smoke & ash
THE DRAGON as inspiration: on our quest to make Wales more identifiable in the luxury design industry.
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