Ancestors Lights by Reinier Bosch and Carolina Wilcke

Dutch creative duo Reinier Bosch and Carolina Wilcke are presenting a collection of striking and richly narrative pieces at directional gallery and restaurant Sketch London.

The Ancestors lights are part of a project investigating the origin of objects and their archetypes. Inspired by African tribal shields that were procured by Western explorers, they are made of a metal sheet or cast in ceramic and then hand-cut and hand-finished. The surface patterns recall scarification motifs by piercing, fiercely cutting and decorating the surface. The most striking shield is covered in small black Swarovski crystals, patiently glued to the surface one by one.

The designers produced the lights during an artists’ residency at the European Ceramic Workcentre – EKWC – in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Holland. Here they cast over 50 shields, 20 of which are currently on show in the parlour of directional gallery and restaurant Sketch, where they blend surprisingly well with the eclectic and opulent interiors.

Both graduates of the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven, Reinier and Carolina have been collaborating on many other projects in recent years, and have exhibited all over the world from Salon in Istanbul to Design Miami and Shanghai Design Week. Their Ancestors lights will remain on show through the month of October and the Frieze Art Fair in the cocktail parlour of Sketch London.

Homebuildlife subscribers can view our tribal-inspired design direction for autumn/winter 2015/16 here.

– Gemma Riberti

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