June 25, 2020

Darkroom Launches Sustainability-Focused Capsule Collection

All six pieces in the Blok Woodernism collection. 

Rhonda Drakeford’s London design emporium Darkroom, cofounded with Lulu Roper-Caldbeck (who left in 2016), is known for its ultra-bold wares. This year the brand celebrates a milestone decade in business with Woodernism, a capsule collection focused on sustainability. Among the highlights: Blok, a six-piece series of ash-veneer furniture.

The shapes of the console, bench, mirror, shelf, and table/stools riff on the monuments and codes of ancient civilizations (think Stonehenge and Runic alphabets). Each piece is stained with brightly colored water-based pigments that “on first view might appear shocking, vulgar even,” says Drakeford. “The look is intentionally challenging.”

A percentage of sales will be donated to the U.K.’s Woodland Trust, which plants trees to fight climate change. Darkroom has also partnered with FRMD to produce framed wall prints featuring the symbols paired with photographic reproductions of wood whorls.

“The linear silhouettes boldly frame the character of the stained wood-grain surfaces,” Drakeford says. 

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