Experimenting with concrete, wood, aluminium and copper, Scottish-born, Stockholm-based designer David Taylor conceives Crowd as much more than a single candle holder. Both functional and sculptural, the variations number 3 now—but he envisions these as only the beginnings of an assemblage that will continue to grow and change with time, with newer pieces added and others leaving the group in a process of continual rejuvenation. Of course each candlestick is a complete work of artisanship on its own, striking to behold singly or in a grouping.
- Rough Billy: 3.5" h x 3.9" dia (8.9x9.9cm)
- Moira Mesh: 4.7" h x 2.8" dia (11.9x7.1cm)
- Tall Stuart: 6.7" h x 3.5" dia (17x8.9cm)
Cocrete, brass, copper, wood
“I come from an architectural education,” says Knut Benedik Humlevik, creative director of New Works. "It's a field that has taught me a lot about how to attack and work with a concept.” The Copenhagen-based design house melds a boldly sensual approach with the vaunted legacy of Scandinavian design. “One cannot deny that a lot of inspiration comes from the furniture ‘heroes’ of the past centuries,” says Humlevik. Not to mention “how their influence is applied in works of other designers in our time.”
New Works was launched with a series of sculptural objects grounded in 4 core values—Natural, Experimental, Rough, and Craftsmanship. With an emphasis on materials including concrete, marble, mirror and tactile metals like rough copper and oxidized aluminum, the collection has quickly expanded to a full range of furnishings that still push at the boundaries where art meets design. As a noted product designer himself and now directing the New Works stable of collaborating designers, Humlevik says, “It’s surprising where I find inspiration; it can come from very small things that have lots of character.”