Travel has always been an integral source of inspiration to the world of design. Light, colour and the natural world take on a multitude of different tones, shapes, forms and textures from continent to continent and country to country. From the cool delicate hues of the northern hemisphere to the rich sandy palette of southern Africa – taking a journey to new destinations immediately enriches the toolbox and imagination of a designer. Layer the natural world with the myriad of cultural influences unique to a country, region or individual town and the toolbox becomes exponential.
So why are those influences so important to translate into our everyday spaces? After all, why would we not wish to be surrounded by elements that are familiar to us and native to our locality? Whilst reassurance can be inspired by familiarity so the exotic and less familiar can imbue us with a spirit of adventure: “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; to gain all while you give, to roam the roads of lands remote; to travel is to live.” Hans Christian Anderson. No more so has this been brought home to us than over the last few months. At a time when so many are restricted from travel, having small reminders in our homes of the broader world has become a real joy. The Kassavello team have selected some of their favourite globally influenced pieces which can be used to inject a little bit of roaming spirt into our homes.
The organic lines of nature’s patterns
One of Ireland’s most-visited natural attractions, the Cliffs of Moher stretch along the country’s west coast for five majestic miles where the rugged landscape offers unparalleled views of the ocean below. The sandy tones and undulating waves of our Moher rug pay tribute to this striking geological formation. A stunning focal point for a naturally inspired scheme.
Nothing is more dramatic than a volcanic eruption, nature in its rawest form, witnessed in a handful of geologically striking places around the globe. The Cay wall light takes direct inspiration from this unique phenomenon using matte casted brass to recreate the drama and beauty of nature’s ultimate scream. When illuminated the Cay will fill any living space with a dazzling golden light.
Exotic creatures amplify drama and interest
At a time where cats and dogs and other domestic animals are the most exotic species likely to cross our path, it’s a wonderous escapism to be reminded of those creatures whose exoticism has been central to the inspiration of intrepid explorers around the globe for centuries. Nothing is more representative of that spirit than the feared and often revered serpent. Captured beautifully in a coiled form around our pear-shaped mirror, this polished brass serpent also features a striking black jewel eye – you cannot help but be drawn into its gaze.
Strong, imposing and dominant, the Bengal Tiger is one of the largest predators in the world. The Feline rug captures the force of this phenomenal predator and the spirit of majestic wildlife and power that the natural world can hold. The zig zag design represents the myriad of challenges faced by this wonderous species who are under threat of extinction. A bold, rich and sumptuous statement in natural wool and botanical silk.
A Brazilian twist of pizzazz
Inspired by the shapes of the Brazilian sidewalk, the Copacabana bench features clean lines and a sculptural structure formed of limed oak. The striking geometry of the upholstered seat – Regate by LeLievre represents the joyful life of the coast and brings together two of the wonderous elements of Brazil’s outdoor culture.
Emerging in the 1950’s and 60’s and still immensely popular today, Bossa Nova music combines elements of Samba – a popular musical genre in Brazil – with American jazz traditions. Our lustrous Bossa coffee table and side table were designed in the spirit of this wonderfully elegant and timeless musical movement. Featuring high gloss mahogany solid wood, natural cane and glass, they are sure to inject a slick dose of Brazilian spirit into any scheme.
Majestic materials sourced from around the world
One of the immense pleasures of sourcing and designing furniture is the wealth of natural materials available to create the most exquisite pieces. At the top of our list is the astoundingly beautiful stone Portoro Oro. An elegant and precious Italian marble extracted from the quarries of La Spezia in Liguira, it forms the top of our majestic Portoro Oro bedside table. Oak and antique brass compliment this wonderous material to create a beautiful and timeless piece.
American Walnut is an iconic and timeless material that is revered for it’s fine texture and lustre. The Neila dining chair takes this wood and makes it the star of the show as an artfully designed structural form highlighted by sleek polished brass detailing and a sumptous velvet seat.
If you’re looking for further wanderlust inspiration then please take a look at our website. Alternatively, if you are looking to incorporate your own personal travel inspiration or specific material into something truly unique then our bespoke service is here to help you. Please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.