Christine Meyer-Eaglestone is a contemporary marquetry artist. Chris Tribe is a highly skilled furniture designer maker who has exhibited nationwide. They are currently collaborating on a series of furniture entitled Opposites, a range of high-end, one-off, exciting furniture that is instantly recognizable, compelling and unforgettable. Circles & Stripes is the first in the series. How do the designers harmoniously work together? Christine, who trained in fine art, uses her extensive collection of both natural and ‘reconstructed’ wood veneers as a palette to create each unique design. Her method of hand cutting allows the design to evolve organically under her knife. Once Christine has laid her veneer design on to a man-made substrate, Chris then takes over to joint the panels to form the structure. We challenged both of them to an interview, in order to find out more about their design “alliance”:
What triggered the idea of this fruitful design collaboration?
What determined your passion for furniture design and development?
Tell us more about the Circles & Stripes Collection. How would you describe the process of development? Who comes up with the ideas for the patterns?
How long does it usually take to develop a furniture item in the collection (from the concept to the final phase)?
Who is your target audience?
What type of interiors are suited for this collection?
What response did you get from the market so far, regarding the Circles & Stripes Collection?
What are your plans for the future? Will you continue this collaboration?
If you could say something important about your work that would instantly reach millions of people (our site has this ability), what would it be?
photo above: Marquetry screen – Bold II by Christine Meyer-Eaglestone
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.
And who says recessed living areas need to be indoors? Your outdoor space can benefit just as much from sunken seating, as evidenced by this elegant, stone-lined patio by Dean Herald-Rolling Stone Landscapes. And for one final dose of sunken living room eye candy, feast your eyes on this over-the-top living area by Chris Barrett Designs. The former estate of Johnny Carson features giant windows overlooking a cliff in Malibu, so it’s no wonder a safe and plush sunken sofa was added to ground the space.