Todd Merrill Studio’s ‘Blue Tie Roofing’ Modern Cabinet
Created from solid rosewood, eighteenth-century Dutch modern cabinet, Black Tie Roofing is Lionel Jadot’s reflection on the evolution of our civilization, and how influences and cultures become layered.
“What interests me is ideas passing though memory, and the influences mixing. Culture meeting subculture, mixing genre – from memory. I filled notebooks of ideas and with this approach, I decided to achieve all that was in my notebooks. It is an exciting job; it’s more an expression, free of any constraints. But it is also a free reflection on design and art, and this fragile border that I love to cross in both directions.” says the designer about the modern cabinet.
The interior and doors are built so that the modern furniture fills itself when closed. As nothing can be stored in the limited editionmodern cabinet, it becomes a kind of mystical, hypnotic object. When open, the cabinet has a hearth-like quality, drawing the viewer in. This product design is covered with “scales” made of Arches paper and tinted with 21 different kinds of blue and 24-carat gold leaf, its interior and exclusive design references a dragon.
The dragon holds very divergent significance between Eastern and Western cultures. The dragon of the east is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck, whereas in the west it is seen as a negative, destructive force. All of this represented in this glorious modern cabinet!