Using forms and structures present in the wood as guidance, Shladovsky adds an element of tension with brass, nickel and long-haired Patagonian sheepskin. Opposing forces of soft and hard, lustrous and matte, organic and linear create a drama of contrasts, which reinforce the integral character of the individual materials. Shladovsky says, "these pieces are meant to provoke a dynamic sensory experience and engage the audience in a dialogue that struggles with questions of tension, control and peace."
Co-founder of Jean de Merry, Christian D. Maroselli, explains the decision to represent Shladovsky's premier collection:
Just as Jean de Merry is an artisanal line producing timeless, unexpected pieces that are anchored by quality and craftsmanship, so is Azadeh's approach to handcraft. Both lines are LA based, employing talented craftsman trained in age-old techniques. The end results are wholly new designs rooted in older forms and based on traditional ways of manufacturing.
Images: Bethany Nauert