by LinYee Yuan
Memphis meets Montreal in Zoë Mowat's sculptural pieces. The young designer fabricates and designs out of her Montreal studio, drawing inspiration from nature, textures and a minimalist approach to form. At this year's "From Quebec" exhibition at Wanted Design during NYC Design Week, Mowat shared her vision for modular, stacking totems in furniture and tabletop objects.
Mowat's Arbor Jewelry Stand is a candy-colored, modular display for small objects. Inspired by bowerbirds, a unique bird species that collects and displays brightly colored objects in and around its nest, the Arbor integrates multiple "perches" with brushed bronze details. A hand-mirror also hangs from a detachable wood dowel—to be adorned with necklaces or bracelets.
A walnut top rests seamlessly on a cone of industrial felt in Mowat's Pedestal Table. The hand-turned maple base shows off stacked bands of color, creating a playful canvas on the simple geometry of the side table.
Table Service is a considerate piece of food design. The stacked porcelain tableware can be used as individual bowls or as a single unit for small-scale storage. Felt trivets divide and protect the stacking bowls as they are assembled on a walnut base. Unpacking the ensemble and discovering the contents contained inside each vessel delights and surprises.
For more information or to purchase one of Mowat's sculptural homwares, visit her website.
Images courtesy of Zoë Mowat