Our Odd Couples’ Bench and Log Stool enjoy a makeover with Birmingham City University at Interiors UK
Plant & Moss teamed up with the BCU Trends think tank at Interiors UK this January which featured innovative designs from 60 students responding to the set themes of ‘flint’ and ‘clash’ identified by international trend experts Global Colour Research for Autumn/Winter 2013/2014.
As well as a collaboration with Plant & Moss, the annual scheme in its sixth year also saw the partnership with other interiors manufacturers Tektura and Brintons Carpets who contributed to the stunning wall and floor decor.
Drawing on the Neolithic period, the ‘flint’ trend went ‘back to basics’ comprising a multitude of textures and shapes fashioned by hand or rudimentary tools and an organic palette driven by natural pigments. Making an appearance in ‘flint’, our hand-turned Log Stools were artfully laced with reams of beautifully knotted string that gathered in at the centre point of the seat and delved in and out of the featured split. These undulating lines further helped to accentuate the cluster of age-rings that visible in the wood. An entirely different approach was taken when another Log Stool was used as the base for a pebble-like table or seating surface hewn from a single piece of smoothed wood. Both adaptations were wonderfully unique.
The ‘clash’ response to our Odd Couples’ Bench (featured image) was as equally inspired and ablaze with colour, vibrancy and attitude. Doubtless an appraisal of the decorative, this trend saw the fusion of High Victoriana with Art Deco design influences. Having coated our bench it a deep blue hue for the occasion, it was now to be found amongst a hectic array lamp shades in brilliant, contrasting colours and flamboyant, mismatched prints. The bench was dressed with an upholstered seat whose provocative pattern was replicated in the rug beneath crafted by Brintons Carpets. Topped with a selection of quirky, embellished cushions and offset by the sumptuous wallpaper backdrop behind, the Odd Couples’ Bench looked glorious.
The BCU Trends stand was a successful union of boundary-breaking design pieces and a beacon of student creative talent. Here’s to year seven!