A ceramic tree trunk with a vivid grain pattern and standing more than three feet high is grabbing attention at the Post Pop: East Meets West show at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. It’s a larger version of a vase on sale at Selfridges, and dominates an installation by London artist/designer Richard Woods, who calls his work Nature Making.
“I’m twisting and distorting the way natural woods can be used,” says Woods, who also printed wood grain on chairs at the show, and made prints of sawn timber. He has made this style his own, printing a sideboard and shelving that is sold by Established & Sons (www.establishedandsons.com).
Other designers have also hijacked wood grain and tree rings, extracting a new pattern potential from one of London’s favourite natural materials. We are seeing cushions, wallcoverings and even rugs with a poetic timber touch — wood you believe it?
Post Pop: East Meets West, until February 23, Saatchi Gallery, Duke Of York’s HQ, SW3 (www.saatchigallery.com)