THE INLAY

Lines are like magic. In space, they can adorn or even change perception of a room.  In recent research for a project, the use of inlay became a the source for embellishment of a material, branding, and in dividing space.   

The following images outline the use of an inlay in a series of applications - as a construction detail, to furniture, as surface treatment.   


Cigue is a Paris based Interior Architecture studio. Projects marry construction and design such that the process is simple and visible in their design work.  See more of their work  HERE

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Space is prepped for concrete pour - 2' x 4" remains exposed 

 

Adornment is integrated within the buildout, palette is defined by the material used.  The result is clean, unpretentious, financially reasonable  and effectively brands the space.

 

 

  I noticed this fitting on in the ground while rushing home from the train the other night - These caps are spread throught, the image to the right shows a material translation of the pic

I noticed this fitting on in the ground while rushing home from the train the other night - These caps are spread throught, the image to the right shows a material translation of the pic

Cigue for Melinda Gloss Rue Madame in Paris (2011)                                   Floor: solid sycamore, solid rough sawn oak inlay

 

 

 

"Tarkashi, or the craft of brass inlay in wood, can be traced back to the late 19th century.  Like wood carving, it was closely associated with architecture. Floral and geometric designs were inlaid through a painstaking process into the surface of hard woods. The earliest products were khadaun, wooden slippers worn by pious Hindus who considered leather footwear to be unclean. Contemporary products often combine brass inlay with wood carving, and include articles like tables and boxes."

 

 

 

  While the inlay usually involves a change in material, simply changing the direction in wood grain is sufficient to create formal detail

While the inlay usually involves a change in material, simply changing the direction in wood grain is sufficient to create formal detail

Often in traditional methods of joinery of materials creates the opportunity to switch material and for an inlay.  Pictured here, Holly Hunt

Master bit & spur maker Bill Heisman show one method of inlaying fine silver sheet into steel. Part 3 of 3