Nicholas Hamilton Holmes is a founder of his namesake design company producing high quality, contemporary furnitures. Using new technologies, as well as hand crafted pieces, the designer brings long lasting, unconventional designs.
Useful/ Useless is an experimental project on material and form, made of spalted timbers harvested from a decomposing Sugar Maple tree. The collection consists of five pieces, each one of them formed with a use of 2-4 volumes.
Minimal in form while separated, varied in shape as combined, the sculptures seek „to explore the art of proportion as well as the beauty of natural chaos”.
The designer shares some of his thoughts on the work: "These sculptures explore the contemporary furniture climate and the modern maker’s ability to produce things that are useful and also useless. As high craft becomes a fetishized process, contemporary builders utilize specialized techniques to create things to which people are drawn. But is there a purpose behind the creations? Is contemporary furniture art or craft? And at what point does minimalism loose function and facility?".