Otis and Otis Make Modern Lights with an Organic Twist
Contemporary design often lands in a rather futuristic sphere, but many up-and-coming designers are now drawing from natural forms to influence their work. The pieces created by Otis and Otis combines those organic elements with experimentation. Among the pieces on display at this year's BKLYN Designs show, you'll find a thin metal coffee table with holes burned into its surface; Casey Otis then recycled the molten steel droplets from the table into a funky light installation that casts forest-like shadows on the wall behind it.
Casey, who works mostly with metal and dabbles in wood, combines simple shapes and textures into what he calls, "weird geometries." As an architecture fabrication studio worker, Casey finds much of the inspiration for his work through accidental discoveries or observations. His idea for the textured steel candle holders, for instance, started when he saw the metal "catch the light in an interesting way."
In addition to his series of eye-catching lighting installations, which come in both steel and oxidized bronze, we loved how Casey crisscrossed thin steel rods into complex geometric webbing. He used the webbing as a base for one of his stools as well as a decorative element underneath a tall steel coffee table. The steel rods are welded together with bronze, which add tiny pops of color to the otherwise gray piece.
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