Damian Jones, Rhoss Side/Cocktail Table, USA, 2018
Damian Jones’s Rhoss Table functions perfectly as a side table or cocktail table. Its drum shaped form is sheathed in a mosaic pattern of hand-cut and laid brass “tiles.” Each tile has been patinated in varied colors and shades creating facets that reflect light in a dynamic arrangement. The table’s surface, in claro walnut has been precisely constructed in a radial pattern, dyed a rich green color and finished in a flat lacquer giving the table a leather-like look.
Welsh born Damian Jones creates hand-made, unique furniture with a wide range of influences – from 1920s and 30s Deco design to Egyptian motifs to tribal art. His remarkable works are instantly recognizable for their bold forms and his signature ornamentation. Working out of his Los Angeles studio, Jones creates rich textures by combining exotic woods with hand-cut metal “tiles,” which are individually laid to create beautifully faceted patterns. While Jones does work from sketches, the pattern work that defines his designs is largely spontaneous, evolving as the works take form, allowing the process to guide the finished piece. It is this spontaneity that gives each individual work its own distinct character. Jones’ work is everything that today’s market of mass-produced, sleek design isn’t. Always present in the work is the artist’s hand. Jones favors a reverence for authenticity more than machined flawlessness, embracing the subtle imperfections, asymmetry, and anomalies.
While Jones’ designs are often rooted in traditional furniture designs his approach is distinctly contemporary, resulting in works that are inventive, elegant, and timeless.
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