Inspired by the lush form of a lotus in full flower, the Bloom harnesses the exuberance of centuries-old straw inlay technique in the service of a resolutely contemporary aesthetic. Designed to draw the eye the cabinet is a conversation piece which speaks to the significance of tradition and the spirit of collaboration. Graphically bold, a kind of post-Pop mandala, the vibrant colours evoke a 1960s spirit but the delicate nature of the marquetry results in a nuanced luminosity which is perfect for today.
Bloom / Cabinet / 2018
Oak, White Maple, Dyed Rye Straw
163.5 (h) × 140.5 (w) × 46.5 (d) cm
Acquired for the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria (2018)
Image by Josh Purnel