Do you ever consider what things are made of - like the chair you sit on, or the shoes you walk in? More importantly, do you consider why they are designed and made the way that they are?
Perhaps after years of work, the choice of materials becomes so standard and mundane that even designers, artisans, and architects alike become numb to the consequences of their unique properties and characteristics. From furniture and small products, to multi-million dollar homes, the significance of that choice, sadly, simply eludes many designs today.
Based out of Quebec, the designers at Larose Guyon are fully aware that materiality is not just another choice to be made within the design process. Instead, it's the vehicle which drives that process from start to finish. Their attention to detail and love for materiality in artisanal craft informs and shapes their work; it is truly lovely and refreshing to see these aspects of design reflected in their final products.
The French-Canadian collective demonstrate an attractive, well-rounded sophistication in design.
From the sleek black entourage backgrounds that accentuate the glimmering copper, to the quality of the craftsmanship itself; if there’s anything these guys can do, it’s seducing the eye!
Personally, I find it inspiring to see such artful attention to detail, down to even the presentation itself. Art and design should be able to speak for itself, and the unique presentation techniques used in these images really set the tone.
The singular module is mainly comprised of two vertical plates centered perpendicularly on a supporting round base.
To the naked eye, the piece looks pretty straightforward without much going on, however, how wrong we would be to make that assumption!
A common misconception is that minimalism is simply a shortcut to faster and easier craft. In reality, it takes a much deeper and more sophisticated understanding of three-dimensional shape and form than most people realize.
Details are what give any object its character. When a design makes us feel a certain way, or gives off a specific 'look', the detailing can make or break that effect. And the less detail there is, the more noticeable it becomes, making it ever more significant and integral to the piece. And it's evident that Larose Guyon understand this principle clearly.
As seen above, the lower base plate of the bottom part of the frame is perfectly proportioned to the ring handle, and even the small 'fingers' extending from the vertical column holding up the candle.
If we look at the Cleo mirror frame below, we can see the same proficiency in choice of form and detail.
The triangular stand extends itself equally, creating an equilateral triangular pyramid which holds up a perfect circle.
Every single line and curve is completely intentional, and the geometry of the design is both beautiful, and bold in its purity.
What’s most captivating about their craft to me is their dialogue with materiality. The design works because it cooperates with the material.
As seen above, the copper speaks through the shapes of the piece, and it’s the onus of the craftsmen to listen and cultivate this language through its work.
The Larose Guyon team has even accounted for the natural oxidation process of copper, embracing their design to age and change over the years, transforming it into something new, but nothing less than impressive. Their portfolio is a testament to wisdom in craft and design, as well as a lesson in creative instinct.
To learn more about their brilliant designs, visit Larose Guyon.
Photography provided by Larose Guyon.
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Researched and Written by Mikhail Shchupak-Katsman, Undergraduate Environmental Design, OCAD University.