John Astbury, with his Column shelves, masterfully brings order to clutter thanks to a subtle and simple design.
The starting point of creation lies in the desire to craft useful object back to its purest form without denying expression and creation.
“I was inspired by classic columns as architectural accents,” explains Astbury. “Where the supporting pillars are equally as essential as the structure itself.”
Column’s streamlined design is ideal for a hall, bedroom, living room or larger installation.
Column round Ø25 x H17 cm – rectangular Column H17 x D25 x L80 cm
Material aluminium or aluminium with solid walnut
John Astbury studied anthropology and sociology in his native England before moving to Sweden to study product design at Konstfack, the country's largest university for arts, crafts and design. Boat building kindled his love of craftsmanship, and playing music ignited his passion for evoking emotions through design. The notable designer pursues these passions further at his eponymous design studio in Stockholm where his process involves re-examining the fundamental elements of an archetype to explore what can be done differently and to bring purpose to the form, driving design in a new direction.
His Column shelving series for &Tradition reinterprets architectural accents such as pillars, corbels and dentils seen in Classical, Gothic and Georgian styles. Focusing on supportive structures, the simplified designs are purposeful yet poetic. Beautifying utilitarian objects and playing with proportions, surface textures and materials, Column is a platform on which to display the objects that matter most.