The Beauty of Natural History


As the world grows older, trends pass through as the seasonal winds blow, however the trend of drawing inspiration from Mother Nature has never fallen prey to a fad. The shapes, forms and colours from natural history continue to inspire artists and designers the world over, awakening the use of natural elements interpreted into furniture, fabrics and artwork.


Ceramics have recently become more sought after over the past few seasons. Textured vessels and lifelike impressions of nature’s smaller creatures fill shop windows and add a quirky dimension to any long-standing sideboard or table. Ceramic artist, Mervin Gers creates crockery with vibrant character and exquisite detail. Scenes of the koi fish sail through your Sunday morning tea whilst serene swallows glide over your garden brunch. Painted ceramics are a daily reminder of how the natural world is etched into our everyday living.


The parallel between artworks and fabrics have always lingered through the ages but have lately dominated in the world of textile design. Transferring a brilliant artwork or a peculiar print on to cloth has become a fashion much appreciated. Sourcing a true artwork and printing intense, particular detail onto a luxurios textile is a complex process but the results: fabric with personality and a verve unparalleled. We were lucky enough to attend a launch earlier this year where beautiful fabrics, inspired by local botanical artist Kelly Higgs were showcased. The beauty and essence of nature deeply inspires her work. In decor schemes, softer, lighter fabrics, influenced by the natural environment, fauna and flora are strongly represented within interiors today.


With the likes of Haldane Martins Shongololo sofa and Hex coffee table (behive inspired), furniture and lighting design certainly draws on the form and shape of landscapes , feathered friends and creepy crawly creatures to stir spirit and influences from the wilderness.


Prints, sketches, paintings and artworks have always used the facets of nature to archive the essense captured at a precise moment. Forever evolving, artists are finding more interesting ways to express their workings. Clinton Freidman makes use of over exposing imagery, or up close insights to a peculiar aspect of an organism. Whilst Sharon B uses her artistic ability to dramatically draw on the haunting reality that Rhino’s may one day be merely skeletons of this world.These are modest examples of how artists use nature and validity to craft visually pleasing images.


Simply looking out of the window at the lush haven at our fingertips, it’s clear that Mother Nature is a growing and forever active source in our daily lives. We at Lucy Eaton Corder Consulting have always been blessed to work and travel to some of the most exotic and isolated islands and areas of the African continent. The wilderness is a never ending muse for creativity. It is ours to relish, ours to protect, absorb and draw on to create all things design.