Earthly inspired

The Pantone color of the year is living coral — chosen by the New Jersey-based color printing company for its lively yet soft quality — and InsidherLand has picked up that ball to run with it.

The Portuguese home and jewelry design brand — created in 2012 by architect Joana Santos Barbosa — takes its cue from natural forms for its new coral-colored collection.

The Figueroa Armchair is named for and inspired by the mountain in Santa Barbara County, California, known for its steep curves and undulating sides. This is captured in the chair’s high, sweeping back and grooved arms. The Azores Wall Lamp captures in handcrafted bronze the cascading leaves of the willows on luxuriant São Miguel Island, the largest in the Portuguese Azores. A series of overlapping rectangles in brushed brass with a gloss varnish recreates the layered effect of a leafy treetop in the Inspiring Trees Wall Lamp, while The Wave, a striated sandstone formation in Arizona, spurs the layered, irregularly shaped Arizona Mirror.

These are not imitations of nature, however, but intimations of what nature can be.

As Barbosa says, “I’m a strong believer that I’m not a creator of objects but a fearless sculptor of dreams.”

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