Naturally Chic: Azadeh Shladovsky Premieres in LA

Emerging Los Angeles design talent and founder of namesake multidisciplinary firm, Azadeh Shladovsky, premiered her collection of nature inspired sculptural furniture last week at Jean de Merry. Apartment Therapy was invited to the "First Look" event, an exclusive for designers in LA.

Shladovsky's premier furniture collection explores her unique relationship with nature, and highlights her ability to create powerful expressions that are as beautiful as they are functional. Her perspective is informed by and, to a degree, controlled by the forces inherent in her wood medium. "The pieces in the premier collection," Shladovsky says, "reveal the evolution of my relationship with the forces of nature, mainly those I cannot control."

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.

For more information about Azadeh Shladovsky, please visit: azadehshladovsky.com or the Jean de Merry site.

Images: Bethany Nauert