Ella Saddington– 'Firescale Sconce', 2023
Designed by Cordon Salon and produced in partnership with Victorian Armourer Sam Bloomfield, the ‘Armour Sconce’ — a luminary that draws its inspiration and techniques for making Gothic armour. This creation showcases the intricate craftsmanship inherent to armour work whilst reimaging its traditional applications. The sconce is shaped through a meticulous process of heating, hammering and creasing, which serves to harden select areas of the steel surface. This results in contrasting layers of partially hardened steel that are revealed after baking the piece at high temperatures in a forge. This finish can only be achieved through this method and the wrestling surface is unique to every piece.
Cordon Salon, a studio that uses research, collaboration and experimentation as a method to speculate on alternative approaches to contemporary craft and design. Founded in 2018 the studio works across furniture and object design, often focusing on overlooked, forgotten or ubiquitous processes and materials, in which re-imagined are shown again in a different light.
Cordon Salon has developed work for local and international clientele and exhibited widely across Melbourne Design Week, Melbourne Design Fair, Sydney Design Week & Craft Contemporary. Exhibited at Sophie Gannon Gallery, Oigall Projects, Craft Victoria and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia as part of the History-making exhibition Melbourne Now.
Everyone’s heard of a dragon
Curated by James Lemon and Bobby Corica
11 November 23 – 27 January 24
Material: mild steel, wax, brass, electrical components, LED
Dimensions: approx. 32 x 27 x 12.5cm