Furniture designer Raimana Jones of Atelier Jones details the process he used to create what he calls “a bold architectural object designed for everyday life.
The past can be a great source of inspiration. I was looking at some of the world-renowned historical concrete architecture for inspiration for my new design project. There was a noticeable terraced geometry that I found common in both the Pantheon ceiling (126 AD) and in some of the architecture of Carlo Scarpa.
The terraced geometries add detailing and generate a beautiful, rhythmic play of shadows onto the concrete works – qualities that are monumental yet refined, present in both of these architectures. I wanted to acknowledge these qualities for the design of a fruit bowl. The brief became: Can a fruit bowl, an everyday object, be reinterpreted to generate the monumental yet refined qualities found in the Pantheon ceiling and some of Scarpa’s work?
Design and iterative process
The bowl went through three main design iterations. The first iteration was to get a sense of the overall geometries, scale and proportions of the bowl and set a good foundation around mold-making and casting. The second focused on refining the formal aesthetic and functionality of the internal volume of the bowl. The third and final one, on developing the external shell of the bowl.