Texture, to touch, to see, to feel, engage with us? Sometimes we don’t even know why. We can be very drawn to touch, it interact with it. On walls and floor, who doesn’t want to run their fingers through a soft fluffy carpet? Touch is after all one of our key five senses. That’s why surface textures attach us. Designer Nathalia Nova who recently showed at London’s Surface Festival has worked with texture for her new collection.
We know that in the past, furniture design was made to last, passing through generations. After the Industrial Revolution things changed, with a frenetic pace of production when the purpose was more quantity than quality. This situation resulted in a large number of discarded products that had a great impact on nature.
Along with this came a stripped-back design aesthetic. However, in recent years we have seen a rise in textural materials.
One reason may well be our understanding of ‘leftover’ materials; things we previously saw as waste are being seen more as their own style of ‘precious’.
Designer Nathalia Nova’s response is her collection Fragments. By exploring local factories in her homeland Brazil with different segments, to understand the production processes and what kind of material residues were produced.
What caught her attention was a place making beautiful blown crystal with a technique from Murano in Italy. Utilising pieces of leftover blown crystals became tables lamps bricks and even jewellery in a kind of wabi-sabi approach, to recreate different surfaces for a collection of furniture and objects.
Fragments collection is developed from discarded crystals which, added to new high-temperature techniques, transform into exclusive and resistant Design surfaces.
Coming in six vibrant colours its application is endless.
Her application of this can be incorporated as unique pieces of art in Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture, Fashion and more.
From breeze blocks for decorating walls and living spaces, via plates and jewllery, patterns and shapes are endless
This innovation represents a new style of living, thinking, and consuming, with a close look at discarded materials, we all can see what Nathalia saw; it is possible to give a new meaning to them.