The modest. The poised. As the hallmarks of uniquely Australian design, it is odd to think that modesty and poise are not part of the lexicon of visual language – they’re emotional, and speak only to their deep-seeded home in our collective national psyche.
In more ways than one, our quality for modesty and poise might be the cause of geography. At the bottom of earth, we can only but help to take in the rest of the world with open eyes – to say yes to it – without ego, without believing that we’re its centre. Much of the history of Australian design rests on this unique cross-cultural negotiation that allows us to be inspired by what is beyond our shores, and bring back something foreign that, paradoxically, feels right at home.
designFARM have just brought a little bit of Nordic ethereality to Western Australia with the latest arrival from Australian design house Coco Flip. Run by Perth-raised Kate Stokes and her partner Haslett Grounds, the duo’s newest lighting designs – Mayu – are epitomised by a placid diffusion of light, simplified but dynamic vital lines, their serenity and allure, noticeably inspired by the Icelandic drama of volcanic landscapes, glaciers and black beaches.
Including five pendants in different forms, and a floor lamp, the Mayu Collection appears deceptively simple but remains one of Coco Flip’s most complex designs to date. With an objective for Mayu to appear effortlessly seamless, hermetically pure, much attention was paid to the resolution of the joinery and illumination elements in the design. Each shade is laminated, stitched and taped around a powder-coated wire frame – all by hand, to the most pinpoint accuracy.
Like the entire Coco Flip portfolio, the Mayu is designed and made in Australia by local craftspeople. Individual shades are nested together with an absolutely veiled LED – the result is a cluster of gracefully suspended chrysalises, glowing from their innermost declivity. Equally structural and functional, Mayu is absolutely typical of Coco Flip’s dedication to creating tomorrow-proof products brimming with depth and character.
To view Coco Flip’s Mayu range, visit designFARM at 1000 Hay Street, Perth.
Photography by Haydn Cattach.
Words by David Congram.