If it does nothing else, this piece proves that there are no restrictions on where a designer might find inspiration for their work. The object pictured above, a sideboard with the unlikely name of Barnacle, has come to us from the depths of the ocean, via a book of photographs of deep-sea shipwrecks.
As he leafed through the images, designer Stuart Haygarth was struck by the way that barnacles and algae can transform the underwater landscape by embellishing sunken ships lying on the seabed, and wanted to investigate the possibility of emulating the process – but on dry land, and with furniture.
The result is Barnacle, made from resin, steel and painted MDF. Haygarth then combed the beach at Dungeness in Kent, collecting plastic objects that had been washed ashore. Back in the studio, these were grouped together and cast in black polyester resin, then attached to the basic sideboard with the idea of disfiguring and exaggerating its appearance.
Every inch of the sideboard’s surface is covered in knobbly protuberances, just like a barnacle-encrusted rock; and though this perhaps doesn’t bode well for traditional sideboard uses (how exactly do you sit a table lamp on it, for instance?), there are practical elements to the piece too, such as concealed doors on each side, adjustable shelving and two drawers.
Barnacle can be bought through the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London, Paris and New York (price on request).
Words Caitlin Clements