The beach and the ocean are constant sources of inspiration for me. I especially love the easy sculptural grace of shells; they have the loveliest lines and textures. Artists and designers have long found inspiration in shells, just looks at the architecture of New York’s Guggenheim Museum—Frank Lloyd Wright looked to organic forms, the spiral design recalling a nautilus shell with a continuous flowing space. And there’s also a history of shells being given as gifts, such as Sailors’ Valentines, boxes adorned with intricate shell art gifted by seafaring husbands to their wives in the 1800s.
To bring the outdoors to interiors this season, I’m using the Amelie Shell Vase, modeled after an open scallop shell, for simple summer arrangements. With its gold detailing and natural finish, it’s sculptural enough to be used without flowers. Another sea-inspired new piece is the Luc Objet, with the look of a pebble or shell that’s been tumbled and worn by waves.
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