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Etudes on minimalism in natural stone design

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.

Rachel Griffin: „All of a Piece“.

Take, e.g., „All of a Piece“ : our photo shows basic elements available in marble, granite and wood.

Rachel Griffin: „All of a Piece“.

Rachel Griffin: „All of a Piece“.

The elements can be combined depending on intended use.

Rachel Griffin: „All of a Piece“.

Five more elements are available: a half-circle with LED lighting which can be placed between other elements.

Rachel Griffin: „All of a Piece“.

The possibilities are almost endless. The collection was conceived in cooperation with Dana Cannam Design.

Rachel Griffin: „Face Value“.

So, too, for the collection by the name of „Face Value“ , where two basic elements can be combined to a variety of tables..,

Rachel Griffin: „Face Value“.

… or two of the same resulting in a table as shown here…

Rachel Griffin: „Face Value“.

… or like this.

But there is room to play with the various elements as well:

Rachel Griffin: „Face Value“.

e.g. by placing one of the shelf-elements on a table…

Rachel Griffin: „Face Value“.

… 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.

Rachel Griffin: „Face Value“.

Here, too, the range of possibilities is almost boundless.

Rachel Griffin: „Fragment“.

Last but by no means least: the collection „Fragment“…

Rachel Griffin: „Fragment“.

… in which the designer uses fragments of stone slabs – a production waste-product.

Rachel Griffin, Earnest Studio

Photos: Rachel Griffin

Rachel Griffin: „Fragment“.(13.08.2014, USA: 08.13.2014)