Radnor Presents “Material Interiors”
Radnor was born in 2016 out of Susan Clark’s belief in the power of community and collaboration. Two years later, the young brand launched its inaugural Radnor Made Collection at “Material Interiors” - an exhibition taking place in a transformed two bedroom residence in David Chipperfield Architect’s The Bryant, Manhattan - and thus proved that great design follows joint efforts.
Curated in collaboration with Workstead, an innovative independent design studio widely recognized for its aptitude in working contextually and creating considered spaces and objects that reinforce a sense of place, the exhibition also introduces the work of Julianne Ahn, Marie Eklund, Oyyo, and presents pieces by Loic Bard, Egg Collective, Pat Kim, PELLE, and Farrah Sit.
The Radnor Made Collection was developed mindfully, with the goal of creating a series of pieces produced with an integrity of process. Defined by the use of natural materials and intuitive forms, the collection features three series of textiles and furniture designed in collaboration with Bunn Studio and Adam Rogers.
The result is a space filled with depth and texture that is at once highly refined and profoundly livable. It is a space where our eyes can fluidly wander in the curves of the details. It is simple but refined. Minimalist but punctuated with surprises.
“We believe that being surrounded by well-made objects significantly improves quality of life, and we strive to enable more people to enjoy the texture and depth of handmade products in their homes.” - Radnor
The Pillar Series honors traditional woodworking techniques by featuring visible joints and gatherings. The chair’s distinctive wood grain is emphasized by the shape and positioning of the dowels, and the floating seat and backrest offer a complimentary lightness, levitating off the surface of the straight frame. The Pillar Series has a fluidity of form that evolves the traditional outlines of classic Danish furniture
The Halyard Series is a collection of textiles that brings a nostalgia for classic design into conversation with contemporary aesthetics to create a modern statement. The site-specific rugs are characterized by subtle directional shifts that echo and compliment their surroundings. The result is a complex rectilinear geometry emphasized by the exaggerated lines of the rug’s raw cording.
“The rigorous exploration of alternative approaches is integral to Radnor’s philosophy and is at the heart of our goal of contributing to creating a highly skilled, ethical and sustainable community of design and craftsmanship.” - Radnor
Each piece in the Mae Series begins with a deep respect for wood as a natural material and strives to celebrates its inherent beauty. The designs are characterized by a simplicity of form, placing emphasis on details, such as visible joinery, that illustrate the method of their making. The intention is to allow each object to express its individual integrity while contributing harmoniously to its environment.
Radnor is built on an ethos of accessible, elevated living. We believe that being surrounded by well-made objects significantly improves quality of life, and we strive to enable more people to enjoy the texture and depth of handmade products in their homes. Dedicated to high quality materials and natural production processes, Radnor seeks out and supports designers who create unique, mindfully-made objects. In addition to carrying a carefully curated selection of lighting, furniture and homegoods, Radnor works collaboratively with designers to create exclusive product lines. These limited-run collections launch seasonally in specially designed retail spaces around the world. Radnor was founded by Susan Clark in 2016 with the mission of fostering a community around meticulously made handcrafted products. Radnor was born out of Susan’s belief in the power of community and collaboration, and in the discoveries that are made possible through openness and exchange.
The exhibition is on view by appointment until June 2018.