Rachel Griffin of Netherlands-based Earnest Studio, designers, loves variety – regarding both form and material. Two of the collections presented here vary ever so slightly around few standard elements, which, when mixed and matched, result in a surprising array of different objects. The interesting thing about these etudes on minimalism is that the material is a key factor.
Take, e.g., „All of a Piece“ : our photo shows basic elements available in marble, granite and wood.
The elements can be combined depending on intended use.
Five more elements are available: a half-circle with LED lighting which can be placed between other elements.
The possibilities are almost endless. The collection was conceived in cooperation with Dana Cannam Design.
So, too, for the collection by the name of „Face Value“ , where two basic elements can be combined to a variety of tables..,
… or two of the same resulting in a table as shown here…
… or like this.
But there is room to play with the various elements as well:
e.g. by placing one of the shelf-elements on a table…
… or using them as a wall-mounted shelf.
Observing how the shapes change the total appearance depending on the combination of material (marble, padauk hard wood, fiber board or plywood) or colors is uncanny.
Here, too, the range of possibilities is almost boundless.
Last but by no means least: the collection „Fragment“…
… in which the designer uses fragments of stone slabs – a production waste-product.
Rachel Griffin, Earnest Studio
Photos: Rachel Griffin