Artedomus’ inaugural, 12-piece furniture collection is a celebration and exploration of materiality. New Volumes pushes Elba, ‘a rich, complex stone 250 million years in the making’ to new limits. The hard dolomite material was first introduced to the Australian market by Artedomus 15 years ago.
With the celebration of this milestone looming, came the drive for the high-end stone importer to create a contemporary range of furniture that would inspire and enhance the everyday, whether at home or in commercial settings. It also had to have an Aussie connection, and that’s where eight leading local designers come in.
Spearheaded by creative director Thomas Coward, the line-up of eight designers includes Emma Elizabeth, the brains behind Local Milan, along with her 2018 co-exhibitors Ross Gardam, Tom Skeehan, and Dale Hardiman (of Dowel Jones fame). One-time TDF travel guide Sarah King, Marsha Golemac, and Nick Rennie round out the collaborative talent.
‘We used New Volumes as a platform to express our ideas on what an Australian company could look like, without being explicit about our origins,’ explains Thomas. The range of timeless ‘Modern artefacts’ is made in Europe by a mixture of CNC machining and traditional hand techniques. ‘Their uses may be ambiguous at first, but that lends itself to an exploration of function, which in my opinion strengthens one’s connection with an object,’ adds the designer.
Having worked with Artedomus for several years now, Thomas was tasked with choosing and guiding the collaborators for the branding, styling, photography and product design. ‘There is so much talent in Australia, that choosing the line-up was hard. I approached it by imagining a music festival with a diverse list of acts, I think that lends itself to a much more interesting result!’ he tells.
Alongside his work on the New Volumes collection, Thomas also worked on the interior redesign of the Artedomus showroom in Sydney, his largest project to date! After years occupying his imagination, the New Volumes range will be unveiled at Denfair this weekend. It won’t stop there though, Thomas is already looking towards expanding the collection of products – basins in both solid surface and natural stone are on the cards.