Inspired, Matthew Dabbs – Lime Design

Our consultancy is a UK-based design studio which was formed by a trio of international designers – one British, one Cypriot and one half-Japanese, half-Swiss.

I find that our work is greatly influenced – both materially and subconsciously – by everyday things. Currently, we have been exploring a range of materials, from stone to porcelain ceramics, and from aluminum honeycomb to LG Hi-Macs.

We are especially interested in exploring how these materials can be incorporated in to pieces of furniture, and one of the most recent examples of this is our Fur coffee table, that was showcased at the Salone Satellite in Milan.

The base of the Fur table has been influenced by origami, initially through the manipulation of cardboard, to investigate dynamic flows and shapes. We wanted to create a base with real impact, one that would change from every viewing angle, and found that the table top worked best by being softer and organic, to form a contrast with the geometric base .

The two final show pieces were produced using white powder-coated sheet steel with a Carrara marble top on the first table, while the second featured mirror-polished stainless steel and a black ‘Zimbabwe’ top. The classic mix of marble with the modern shape and form of the base created a striking design that we hope will be in production soon.

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