Introducing the Lygie Console Shelf
In the historical novel Quo Vadis, Princess Lygie is described as the epitome of purity. We strive to emulate this character in a wall-mounted console shelf that is also a functional combination of brass, steel, rosewood and marble.
The Challenge Part 1
The client wanted to mount a flat screen television on the wall in front of her bed. The aim was to connect the TV to various items of equipment, such as the DVD machine.
Our challenge was to design storage for the equipment which would conceal the wires connecting the equipment to the screen.
We also organised the installation and even helped select colours for the background wall
I have a cunning plan...
The idea combines a vintage wooden box with a bespoke wrap of brass, lined with thin slivers of marble to create a closed box juxtaposed with an open space: presence versus absence.
In this early concept drawing the closed box was placed on the right of the structure.
We commissioned an architect to create measured drawings and to think through the integration of materials: brass, steel, marble and rosewood.
We draw on a broad network of artisans and design professionals to fabricate and assemble the individual elements
A key challenge for the installation was ensuring that the unit was level, stable and securely attached to a gyprock wall
Smoke and Mirrors
The use of thin slivers of mirror recreates some of the magic of book matched statuario marble but without the attendant weight.
Installation day part 2
An eye for detail...
The Lygie rewards examination of the fine details
Addressing the brief
We are satisfied that the unit successfully de-clutters the space allowing the flat screen to present as a floating rectangle and hiding the cables connecting it to the equipment below
Something old, something new...
We built this example around a vintage Danish storage unit that started life as functional office storage. The quality of the workmanship in the tambour doors remain evident some fifty years after this box was created
Accessory after the fact
Mouchoir vase by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini
We clad the closed end in brass polished but not varnished such that the metal is partially reflective and will age and change naturally over time
An elegant trompe l'oeil
The combination of brass and mirror (each just three milimetres in thickness) creates the impression that the marble itself is unusually thin and fragile
A few of our favourite things
From left to right: the Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen, a Beni Ourain area rug from Morocco, table mirror by Josef Frank, decorative bowl from the markets in Istanbul
Introducing the Lygie console shelf.