“I truly believe that creativity is constant.”
Barry Dixon is a firm believer in the never-ending cycle of creation and the creative process. ‘Original’ thoughts are a part of the larger aesthetic evolutionary cycle – inspired by elements in nature and their effect on the creative process of mankind throughout history. Fingerprints of inspiration from the recent Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition can be seen throughout this new collection, with a clear line of influence drawn to natural and historic elements, whether hornets’ nests or beetle shells, battle shields or fencing masks.
“Similar to [McQueen’s] designs, this collection shows the aggressive side of nature. This collection is darker than my past three collections for Arteriors, yet still versatile combining many styles and eras for a beautiful product.”
Passive or aggressive. Offensive or defensive. As Barry meticulously combs the world’s continuum of ornament and adornment, his latest offerings draw inspiration from nature’s inspiring dichotomy of eloquent functionality, curating a modern collection of organic abstraction meant to protect the vulnerable and intimidate the threatening. Whipping tails and armored plates, camouflage and cocoons, tusks and talons…all influence these latest works. Antique brass, hammered iron, smoked glass and a layering of textures combine to create a collection that is gothic and edgy, yet warmly familiar… evoking a sense of cloistered protection, quiet defense and home as sanctuary.
“Think of [this line] as jewelry for your home, to dress up a room you already have,” Dixon said.
The 31 piece assortment of lighting, mirrors and accessories features a mixture of bronze, burned iron and brass mediums with irregular edges, ridges and textures to reflect a strong, protective beauty – adding a classic, but curious layer to any space.