Walking through the interior of a superyacht or wandering the halls of Salone del Mobile, it is clear that furniture design today has reached a new level. With centuries of styles to take inspiration from, new construction techniques and a wider range of both traditional and contemporary materials to choose from, furniture design is more exciting than ever. French cabinetmaker, Ebenisterie Generale, tells us about its latest console concept.

We wanted to find a source of light that could be integrated into furniture in a striking but pleasingly functional way. We took inspiration in the luminous halo created by the glow of large town centres. This light glows from everywhere and nowhere at the same time, softening the sharp angles of urban landscape in the night sky blanket.

In the course of our creative reflection, we tried to incorporate strong urban symbols in our consol design, focusing on simple, spaced out shapes rather than height. The choice of warm natural oak provided an ideal contrast to the colder symbolic inspiration of town buildings. Creating a console to interpret this concept required us to translate this notion of orderly chaos as a flat, and ultimately very slim volume.

The need of a light source that came from the back became obvious to us from our early sketches. Further research and computer renders led us to minimise the number of building blocks to 20 identical short pieces. Given that only the use of a very discreet LED tape was allowed, we sought to optimise the warmth impact created by this LED. The final task was to find a bright reflective surface to place below. Using the latest generation PMMA (light diffusing polycarbonate) provided a solution which combined good but subtle light diffusion.

Ultimately, this design can be used in a wide range of contexts and applications, such as on ceilings, wall fittings or incorporated into light frames and furniture, for domestic, contract and yachting sectors.

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