Wiid Design’s Spektrum Collection

WORDS Michaela Stehr PHOTOS Justin Patrick

Laurie Wiid van Heerden of Wiid Design has combined cork and laminated glass in his colourful Spektrum collection.

How did you decide on the name Spektrum?

It relates to the theme of the collection. The main focuses are texture and colour. The special colour film used in the laminated glass creates a rainbow of colours. The colours on the cork are also layered and the unique Mexican blue appears luminous.

How does this differ from your other work?

It is the first time my studio has experimented with painted cork and glass in furniture. We played with different paint techniques and pigments to emphasise the unique texture of cork in combination with the smooth surface and contemporary feel of the glass. Cork as a material is transformed with a coat of paint: It retains its unique texture and sustainable properties, and its durability is further enhanced by the paint.

What are the colour combos?

In this collection I used an imported Mexican blue paint for the base of the table, and bright yellows and the same blue as an undercoat for the chairs. For my new range, I will make use of more subtle colour and leave parts of the cork exposed.

What inspired the designs?

The Spektrum collection reminds me a bit of the ’70s, especially the colours and the shapes of the chairs and table. I love timeless pieces, and these shapes are universal, allowing us to incorporate additional materials such as marble on the tables and different coloured glass backrests. The cork can also be finished in any colour or simply left uncoated.

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