Large Burr Elm Pearl Dishby Anna L Nichols Furniture
This is a First Edition Pearl Dish, inspired by the story of a girl named Pearl, who wouldn’t put down her phone.
The Pearl Dish is a First Edition handcrafted object in the heart of your home or workspace.
The Pearl Dish is inspired by the story of a girl named Pearl, who wouldn’t put down her phone. Wanting to take a step back from technology, her parents came up with the idea of a designated place to house it during family time. This story resonated with Gillian Scott, founder of Craft Design House, and led her to design The Pearl Dish, a striking solution to the challenges many of us face with technological boundaries.
The Pearl Dish gives us a place to round up, park or put a lid on our technology and creates the space we need to listen and converse, away from its glare and interruption. It is designed to encourage face-to-face interaction as a conduit to conversation and as a talking point in itself.
Craft Design House has commissioned designers and makers across a variety of disciplines to interpret The Pearl Dish in their own materials and style. This Pearl Dish is designed and made by Anna Nichols, a wood turner and furniture designer maker based in Leith, Edinburgh. It is made using traditional techniques and Scottish hardwoods, with a unique series of grooves that allow for it to operate as a phone and ipad mini stand, and also allow access to a charger cable.
‘This Pearl Dish design inspiration came from a visit many years ago to an old factory that had a bottle kiln oven. Bottle kiln ovens were used to kiln pottery from the 18th century until 1960’s. More than 4000 coal-fired kilns stood in Staffordshire until they were demolished in 1950’s because of the Clean Air Act, with only 47 remaining today. The design of a curved chimney shape inspired the design of the Pearl Dish I have turned. Taking a step back in time to an old industrial age I’ve chosen to use Burr Elm for the Pearl Dish. Burr Elm is a beautiful hardwood that adds a natural look and feel to the design.
When I spoke to Gillian Scott about the Pearl Dish I understood how people want to take a step back from technology. As a bespoke furniture maker and wood turning a lot of my pieces are made using traditional woodworking techniques.
I refer to myself as an Artist. Creativity is part of me and has been from an early age. Being creative is not just a career for me, it is a love and passion. When I’m not designing furniture I am painting, sketching or photographing the natural and architectural world that surrounds us day to day. I have a love of exploring new and old places. My conceptual pieces that I design/make are inspired by observing our surroundings with an artist’s eye. I’ve been Woodturning since I was 17 years old and my turned design inspirations come from ceramics designs. I like to wood turn pieces that have a functional purpose.’
Dimensions: Base diameter 28cm, Interior diameter at widest point 23cm, Height overall 10cm
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