Monday, 28 May 2012

Set in stone

You saw it here first.
Part of the collection from Jason Minty’s most recent worldwide shopping spree, this box has every tick for me.
Classic art deco, it features white stone bricks, and is reminiscent of the monumental architectural style of the era.
Think Chicago and New York.
The MCA on Sydney Harbour.
Perfect in the Macleay Regis.
Its shape is beautiful, the oblong stonework softened by the curved outline.
And made almost whimsical by the exquisite brass and malachite inlay, wrapping around like a luxurious ribbon.

Used for centuries as a pigment, in furniture and in jewellery, malachite is beyond comparison with its variegated shades of lustrous green.
A true natural wonder.
Perfectly teamed with the thin strips of curving brass.
We are loving all things golden, and the craftsmanship in this is superb.

And then you open this masterpiece on its smooth brass hinge, to reveal a beautifully warm wood lined interior.
Such an interior can protect the contents from the outside elements.
Cigars? Kid gloves? An old letter penned on crepe-like parchment?

Perhaps there’s nothing at all. 
And that’s perfectly OK. 
For it need be nothing more than decorative.
Because it does that perfectly.

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