Ornate exhibition characteristics furniture informed by boudoirs

British designer Bethan Laura Wooden has unveiled Ornate, an exhibition of home furnishings that seeks to reclaim ideas of femininity, at the Nilufar Gallery as part of Milan design and style 7 days.


The exhibition functions equally existing and new items by Wooden, as effectively as historic is effective chosen by Nilufar‘s gallerist Nina Yashar.

Major: a decadent headboard and sconce lights. Over: the exhibition is developed to resemble a standard boudoir

The Ornate selection of decorative home furnishings aims to chart a ten years of imaginative collaboration in between Wooden and Yashar through the lens of the boudoir – the classic time period for a woman’s bedroom or non-public interior house.

New items by Wood incorporate her Meisen cupboards and desk crafted from rippled sheets of handpicked ALPI veneer, which get cues from Meisen kimonos. Also featured is Bon Bon, a pyrex colored glass lamp organized like an abstract bunch of bouquets.

Bethan Laura Wood designed the work
Two curvy Meisen cupboards are on display screen in the exhibition

Wondering back again on her operate with Yashar was what led Wood to make a furniture collection that references a woman’s bedroom.

“It was when I begun to appropriately consider about all these items that Nina and I experienced been conversing and thinking about about the past two many years,” Wood instructed Dezeen.

“I was really searching at the placement of objects yet again and it dawned on me that what we were producing was a woman’s room, and it really is a space made by females together.”

Lamp made from coloured glass
The Bon Bon chandelier was informed by sweet jars and developed to echo flowers

Partly educated by Wood’s like of costume jewelry, Ornate aims to reimagine decorative objects as large-scale furnishings in an architectural space.

According to the designer, this is an try to highlight the worth of ornamentation as a layout resource and reclaim ornamental design, fairly than have it dismissed as overly feminine and avoidable.

“Quite generally, a man’s collection of picket spoons is someway found as a extra reputable assortment than a woman’s assortment of jewellery,” described Wooden.

“But jewelry has, in the earlier, been one particular of the vital approaches for women of all ages to show a point of view and identity and embrace a political standpoint,” she extra.

“So I like the plan of having individuals small components off the human body and making use of them as an anchor level to generate ‘jewellery’ for greater architectural areas.”

Ornate exhibition at Nilufar Gallery
Ornate is on demonstrate at Milan’s Nilafur Gallery

Another piece that displays these suggestions is a wiggly headboard that is defined by interlocking curved styles, which is mounted over a mattress up coming to accompanying sconce wall lights.

It was knowledgeable by American sculptor Alexander Calder’s 1940s silver bedhead, which he built for artwork collector Peggy Guggenheim, as well as the Peacock Space by artist James McNeill Whistler.

Headboard by Bethan Laura Wood for Ornate
Wood’s furniture brings together embellishment and operating construction

“I preferred to see if I could style and design a piece exactly where if you took the pattern away, it wouldn’t exist,” explained Wood.

The Ornate selection also references Wood’s travels about the previous 10 years, as numerous strategies learnt from craftspeople throughout Europe, California, Mexico and East Asia are reflected in the furniture types.

Green sofa under circular mirrors
Mirrors at the exhibition have been crafted with Venetian mirror professionals

Bethan Laura Wood is a multidisciplinary designer whose vibrant do the job is acknowledged for its product investigation and artisan collaboration. In 2019, she designed a playful self-portrait mask for London Style Festival.

Nilufar Gallery was started in 1979 in Milan by Nina Yashar.

Pictures is courtesy of Nilufar Gallery.


Ornate is taking put from 5 September to 27 November at Nilufar Gallery as section of Milan style 7 days 2021. See Dezeen Situations Guide for an up-to-date record of architecture and structure situations using spot about the environment.