Christopher Boots Debuts The Scintillating Modern Cabinet
Australian industrial designerChristopher Boots has always delighted in flipping paradigms. “I like the way the unexpected opens the mind,” Boots told Architectural Digest. The modern cabinet has been showcasing at Rossana Orlandi since beginning April 8.
Encrusted with hand-laid lapis lazuli tile and pyrite appliqués, Christopher Boots‘Curiosity Cabinet wears its treasures like a fine robe. This robe’s lining? Solid sheets of brass illuminated by quartz crystal lights. You won’t see sundry knickknacks in this cabinet.
The opulence of Christopher Boots’ aesthetic draws from a childhood spent collecting antiques, religious artifacts, and geological samples. “This furnitureis simply a grown-up version of these ideas coming to fruition,” explains Boots, whose deep reverence for the stones and metals that make up the piece is at the heart of his design.
“In a way, the formal arrangement of the materials was dictated by the material itself, I’ve always been attracted to the deep, saturated color of this mineral on a visceral level,” says Christopher Boots.
Once the limited edition cabinet with a very exclusive design took shape, it drew members of his team—glassblowers, coppersmiths, ceramicists, sculptors, and bronze casters—to run their hands along its textured surface.
Christopher Boots describes this product design creation as a cosmic reflection on the perception of time.