The Incredible Egg

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There is a certain quality to the artists and designers I absolutely love. There isn’t exactly a word for it, but it is some combination of ornate luxury, cold sophistication, and sprezzatura in which simplicity and complexity are just two sides of the same coin. I love work that evokes the quintessence of Italian Mannerism, a rather esoteric period of art between the Renaissance and Baroque. That said, I have a new favorite company. (I mean second favorite. You can guess who takes the top spot.)

Interior firm and furniture company Egg Designs is doing laser-cut like no one else. They have some of the most refreshingly creative, inspirational, and impressive design I have seen. Egg is based in Botha’s Hill, South Africa and run by Greg and Roche-Dry. Aside from beautiful design, they seem like pros when it comes to enterprise; offering services in nearly every field of business logistics and execution.

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The Bug Series features the repeated motif of a dung beetle, commonly found in the African savannahs. Also shown is the Desert Rose locker in a wonderful yellow. These pieces are laser-cut and powder coated. I love how decorative pattern, surface, and structure are all one. The design breaks down the Modernist dichotomy of utility and superfluity; there is no separation between what is essential and what is embellishment. Each piece is also a storage solution, but the lace-like effect of the steel creates a sort of beautiful cage for the objects within as opposed to an open shelf. This gives a sense of mystery and seduction; we always want to know what is underneath the veil, behind the curtain.

Another excellent example of Egg’s work in laser-cut furniture is this copper plated armoire. The Filigree Cabinet only becomes more beautiful as the filigree turns verdigris.

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Below is a selection of more favorites from the Egg portfolio. To see everything, visit the new website.

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Seriously, those rosettes are gorgeous! And how Manneristically glib to cover an unquestionably useful surface with tons of them.

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    [...] had an artisan feel that communicated a sense of integrity and quality. Egg Designs (previously mentioned on the blog) achieved this one-of-a-kind look with their Bug Modular Shelving Unit by oxidizing their laser-cut [...]