Splinter Works are delighted to return to Decorex International 2013, on 22-25 September at Kensington Palace, Stand number E32, unveiling three new works of exceptional furniture and functional sculpture. On exhibition is the acclaimed Vessel hammock bathtub, exhibited in its own wet room setting with a working tap, visitors can fully experience the functionality. Other new works include the Bodice Rocker; a levitating lounger, and Winging It, a spectacular sculptural chandelier. Also on exhibition is the Stiletto Desk. Together, the portfolio of work shows how Splinter Works can either take a brief, or tailor work, to produce exceptional sculptural furniture.
The peaceful experience of kicking-back in a hammock has been further enhanced by combining it with the immersive comfort of soaking in a hot bath. By literally elevating the experience of bathing into a suspended sculpture the bathroom has been reinvented as a contemplative sanctuary for artful relaxation. Designed for use in a wet room, Vessel is suspended from the walls and does not touch the floor. It is fixed with stainless steel brackets that can be covered over, or left revealed. The bath is filled using a floor standing tap and the waste water released through the base into a floor drain. A downpipe drain can also be installed if a wet room setting is not possible.
Vessel is made from carbon fibre which is utilised for its inherent strength and ability to be formed into complex curves, furthermore the weave of the fabric references the cloth of a typical hammock. Beneath the layers of carbon fibre lies a foam core, which insulates the tub, meaning the bath stays hot for considerably longer than normal. At 2.7m long, Vessel is longer than a regular bathtub, leaving plenty of room to share the experience. Custom sizes are available but it is also designed so that it can be trimmed up to 20 cm to allow for flexible installation. Shown here in black, it also available in red, blue, yellow, pink, bronze and pure silver. With its clean lines and curvaceous shape, Vessel takes stylish relaxation to a new level!
Inspired by a flock of Sanderlings migrating off the British shores, Splinter Works started by recreating individual dynamic avian forms. Sculpted in clay, then cast into aluminium and mirror polished, they were originally intended to form a sculptural base for a glass coffee table. When put into position, they felt the birds looked confined under the glass, and decided to set them free, skyward, to form a sensational chandelier. Juxtaposed amongst the lights, the effect of a vortex of birds soaring around above your head, is further emphasized by the interesting play of shadows cast all around. This sculptural centrepiece is another example of how Splinter Works can tailor functional sculpture to even create different types of furniture!Designer: Splinter Works
Project name: Vessel