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Beautiful freak

Odd Matter Studio


4 November 2022

Designers have not waited for Halloween to turn into the bizarre, the enigmatic, the monstrous… For a year, a new aesthetic trend has been taking shape: furniture is becoming amorphous, materials spongy as well as hairy, colors cacophonous. A style that assumes its craft manufacturing and claims its singularity. Far from industry standards, designers question the notion of beauty to privilege the surprise, the mystery.


Spiders, little monsters on legs or references to the movie « Beetle Juice » by Tim Burton, the inspirations of the creators are anything but smooth and break with the ambient minimalism. The design world can tremble…

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    Beetle Juice

The MELT exhibition organized by Adorno and HNH Gallery


Melt exhibition by ADORNO and HNH Gallery

It all starts on the other side of the Atlantic, last spring, the MELT exhibition mounted by Adorno and HNH Gallery presented the work of a wide range of creators. What do they have in common? Being attuned to experimental and expressionist aesthetics. A subversive design that reshuffles the cards of creation.



Table Sax by Luke Malaney

Highlighted in the MELT exhibition, designer-cabinetmaker Luke Malaney continues to be talked about. His wooden creations, handmade and made to order, combine funk and durability. An aesthetic that certainly intrigues and sets interiors apart.

Luke Malaney’s nightstand

Saloon Credenza by Luke Malaney

A monster on the ground? No, a Dune. This carpet imagined by Mush Studios plays with several heights of hair, giving the illusion of a fluid movement. Intriguing.

The Dune Rug – by Mush Studios

Mush Studios


Guise by Odd Matter Studio

Odd Matter Studio for the Carhartt Wip store in London © Michèle Margot

Els Woldhek and Georgi Manassiev behind Odd Matter never stop playing with matter. Their experimental approach aims to push the boundaries of processes and surfaces.

In recent years, the duo developed the « Guise » collection for the Nilufar gallery in Milan: amorphous pieces made from sculpted foam covered with iridescent automotive lacquer.

Guise Floor Lamp by Odd Matter Studio



His strange and naive furniture has found its way into the most important museums, such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Arts Décoratifs in Paris. His « CLAY » collection is made of industrial clay in bright colors and is handcrafted.

Clay collection by Marteen Baas


Doña Chair by Cheyenne Concepcion

At first glance one imagines spiders or swarming insects, yet the « Reclaim » collection is inspired by the fascinating but forgotten history of the Peacock chair, symbol of the Filipino diaspora. Each piece is bound by the use of curves and delicate hand-woven natural materials.

Coco Nesting Set by Cheyenne Concepcion

Ragno Lamp by Dimoremilano



The inspiration is assumed for DIMOREMILANO with this lamp in cast bronze and blown glass of amber color.



Beetle Juice film

Furniture and objects selected by Gennaro Leone for Spazio Leone

The singular aesthetic of director Tom Burton marked the creatives. A whole generation was inspired by his cult film Beetle Juice, a generation to which the dealer Gennaro Leone surely belongs. In his store Spazio Leone in London, he brings together Art Deco and postmodernist pieces while playing with surrealist motifs. An aesthetic inspired by Delia Deetz (Catherine O’Hara’s sculptor mother-in-law in the film).

Chairs selected by Gennaro Leone for Spazio Leone

Beetle juice table




The Sleepy bedside table designed by Goodmoods in ash and American cherry veneer is also in the Halloween mood. An endearing design under its ghostly appearance.



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