Rancho Santa Fe based interior designer Amy Meier recently partnered with Stone Yard, Inc.’s Mitch Brean on a collection of geometric objects made of glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) with an antiqued plaster “Gesso” finish. The pair had worked together in the past on custom furnishings and with a shared affection for all things geometric, the hand-carved collaboration was a natural fit. Merging contemporary shapes with an aged finish was the perfect contrast to bring together the series of five sculptural objects.
Meier, on the inspiration:
Last spring I was walking through the Parisian flea market Saint Paul Marché and found the most interesting plaster models that art students use to sketch and study shapes. They were so simple, but had this beautiful patina, a hallmark of real age but the geometric shapes felt so contemporary. I loved that contrast.
From Brean about the handcrafting process:
I like to start with a model made of cardboard, wood, or paper — anything I can use to play around with the shape before it goes to production. To get the finish Amy wanted for these shapes, we worked together and came up with a few incarnations before landing on that beautiful gesso finish. She wanted it to look like plaster that’s been around for a while.
Forme No.1 (Irregular Triangle Pyramid) 11.5″H x 8.25″L x 10.5″W
The leaning pyramid sharply points to the sky, leaving the other two sides in shadow.
Forme No.2 (Icosahedron) 6.5″W x 6.5″ H
The icosahedron boasts 20 faces, 30 edges, and 12 vertices that create all kinds of plays on shadow and light.
Forme No.3 (Slanted Cylinder) 6″D x 4″-7″H
Its cylindrical form is capped with a sloped top that creates a dramatic moment for the typically minimalist shape.
Forme No.4 (Triakis Tetrahedon) 9 5/8″ L x 8.5″H
Much like a crystal or a gemstone, this tetrahedron easily sits on its numerous sides while displaying multiple facets.
Forme No.5 (Sphere) 3″ flat base with 7.5″D
The simple sphere is the result of being curved and smoothed into its globe-like shape.