His handmade work – including lights, furniture and objects – explores the architecture and geometry of organic shapes, and is often inspired by forms found in plants, animals, and minerals. Christopher’s Greek heritage is reflected in his repeated fusion of natural and classical, with mythology a core concept permeating his work. All products are handmade with love and care in his Melbourne atelier using a broad variety of artisans – amongst them glass blowers, copper smiths, ceramicists, sculptors, and bronze casters, ensuring a commitment to quality. With each project Boots seeks to elevate and transform his materials in a way that highlights their natural beauty. Christopher graduated from industrial design at the National School of Design (Prahran, 2005). An apprenticeship with lighting pioneer Geoffrey Mance followed, leading to a half decade training in various techniques of designing and making lighting. Christopher launched his studio in 2011 and in the short span of time since, Christopher Boots has grown from a one-man-show to a team of 20 people. In late-2014 Christopher Boots designed the legendary Hermes holiday windows for both stores on Madison Avenue, New York City. Christopher Boots has worked closely with a diversity of clients and collaborators – including Cult, Hermes, National Gallery of Victoria and Elenberg Fraser – to deliver limited-edition and made-to-order products. The work of Christopher Boots accents and adds to the dramatic experience of extraordinarily designed spaces. When not travelling, Christopher lives in his studio in Fitzroy, Melbourne.
Pierre Bonnefille is a chromatic alchemist. He draws inspiration from his journeys and distils the colors he encounters into the infinite richness of his work. The material, colours and light are inseparable in Pierre Bonnefille’s work. The artist creates his own materials and textures, made from mineral powder, limestone, lava, marble, earth, from natural pigments and metallic powders. A veritable explorer, Pierre Bonnefille draws his inspiration from the colours of nature and his architectural references in Venice, Pompei and even Kyoto. The artist creates his colour palettes starting with the earth and the materials that he collects, and then analyzes their colorimetric structures. The intensity, the colour and the movements of the light propose a ceaseless, new interpretation of colours and textures created by Pierre Bonnefille, giving them a unique and particular identity. Inpired by nature and landscapes, the lively and vibrant surfaces of Pierre Bonnefille’s work, an artist of color and material, fill the room, creating a unique experience that plays on the senses.
Haberdashery studio weaves light to create emotional connections with an audience. By challenging what is possible with light through the creative use of the latest technologies and materials, blended with age-old techniques and effects, we develop carefully researched narratives into award-winning sculptures, limited edition collectables and contemporary products. This studio is stimulated by moments that make the hair on your neck stand up; when time slows down and you can lose yourself in a moment. As a universally understood medium light has the ability to communicate with all sorts of audience. Through colour and tone we can reach into the subconscious and draw on memories, challenge learnt responses and question preconceived ideas regarding what we need light for, and what its potential uses are.
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