London-based designer Peter Marigold—an RCA grad with a decidedly hands-on approach—harnesses the “destructive” forces of nature to create the arresting and soulful Bleed Collection.
Inspired by both nature and the history of handcraft, Marigold is a virtuoso of material and process experimentations. His new Bleed Cabinets are made simply of wood and nails; yet the distinctive surface effects reveal a much more complex recipe.
Marigold first soaked steel nails in acid to strip them of their zinc coating—the man-made barrier intended to thwart metal’s inherent tendency to decay—and then used them to fasten tongue-and-groove cedar planks into a series of box-like storage cabinets. Finally, the pieces were left outside—exposed to the elements—and the black “bleeding” pattern slowly emerged from the natural chemical reactions between the rain, the unprotected steel, and the tannin in the wood. The result is raw, honest, and beautiful.
In an interview with Dezeen, Marigold commented, “I love the fact that things are in a constant state of change… Man builds things up, and then nature begins a slow, steady process of taking them down again. A normal response to this effect might be despair—like King Canute trying to hold back the sea—but I see beauty.”
The Bleed Collection includes a series of freestanding and wall-mounted cabinets—as functional as they are eye-catching—but custom sizes and configurations can also be commissioned. Just inquire!