EARTH&SKY is inspired by the traditional Maori love story of Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, earth mother. In the darkness before time, Ranginui, was pressed against Papatūānuku. They were devoted to each other, locked tight by love, till they were forced apart, breaking their love, but letting in light, and ultimately life. The EARTH&SKY collection showcases this light, and the design keeps things simple, allowing the materials’ natural beauty to shine through.
The large oblong dining, round dining, high bar and side tables which feature in this collection bring nature within the home, connecting us on all levels with the earth. Like our timber collections, these works have the origin coordinates as part of their construction history. The provenance in the clay is important, it’s a rich natural resource, and knowing the place it has been brought from, in Te Kuiti near Pakeho, brings another level of connection to the work. From earth to table, table to soul. These are strong pieces, good for mind, body and spirit.
Having natural elements within interior schemes is a timeless way to showcase a respect and elegant use of the world’s resources. The beautiful earth that forms the basis for these pieces is a restful and holds physical connection to the world outside. The sheer physicality of the work also resonates deeply with all who touch it. The legs are heavy, sitting proudly and firmly on the earth, grounding us by their sheer presence.
The use of rammed earth evokes Papatūānuku, a grounding, nurturing presence: the soul of the land. In contrast, clear glass is used for Ranginui, for the sky, which is everything and nothing at once. As an architect, head designer Lyzadie, has wanted to use rammed earth in one of her collections for some time, a sample sat on her desk, calling to be shaped into beautiful timeless objects these past few years.
Then finally, the material led her to the design of this collection. Makers, Paul and Finn Gereats, a father and son team, shaped the rammed earth bases, and through them, their passion for this material shines clearly. Paul is an advocate for sustainable housing and his rammed earth technology is used to construct homes which are healthier for both humans and the environment.
At LyZadie Design Studio we continue to be inspired by the fertile rich resources of Aotearoa, of this planet. Each element of a collection is inspired by nature. By the wonderful world we live in. This time, it has been amazing to bring the earth under our feet into our designs and to honour its beauty, grace and vital spirit.
Every time we sell a product in this collection we give back a percentage of the sales to Shine.
A video of the makers Finn and Paul Gereats making the rammed earth legs for the EARTH&SKY Collection.
It is amazing to bring the earth under our feet into our designs and, to honour its beauty, grace and vital spirit.