Friday, May 23, 2008

Emma Elizabeth Designs

Australian designer Emma Elizabeth Coffey of Emma Elizabeth Designs sent me a press release recently about her latest furniture and interior accessories collection entitled CHIUSO (meaning 'closed' in Italian).

The work is so accomplished and so slick... each piece incorporates a monochromatic sculptural form within a clear acrylic 'box'. This striking visual theme mimics the way we are used to seeing fine art encased in museums, and gives each piece a real sense of drama.

Interestingly, for some reason, Emma Elizabeth's work immediately struck me as having an 'international' design look, rather than an 'Australian' design aesthetic.... After reading a little more about her, I realised this is probably due to her years of study and travel abroad - she spent much of her youth living between Australia and the US, started uni originally in Brisbane, and later went on to complete a degree in commercial interior design at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan.

pendant light


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