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Art that evokes a rainy day

Art that evokes a rainy day

From the newly founded New York practice, Tête Studio, we rediscover the visceral beauty of a rainy day with two custom-made mirrors that evoke puddles and water-droplets.

Watching water droplets as they sink down the windowpane is one of those calming, reflective and meditative activities that you tend to love, but rarely have time to indulge in – unless it’s a particularly lazy Sunday afternoon.

In what is their first proposition, from their newly launched Tête Studio, Laura Yeh and Zach Jenkins have captured that fleeting beauty of the moment, with two decorative pieces named Droplet Mirror and Puddle Mirror.

There is something deliciously lush, glassy and ethereal about these two mirrors, which draw the eye to consider form, surface and depth. Balancing the tensions between organic and geometric forms, the mirrors glisten – very much reminiscent of that suspended droplet of water captured on a windowpane.

The Puddle Mirror is intricately made through a two-part process; first hand-blown, the mirrored glass is then centred on a flat high iron glass sheet. The two forms juxtapose rigid geometry and freeform craft to reference a puddle on a rainy day.

The Droplet Mirror by contrast is simply executed, using custom-made mirrored glass. The mirrorised glass rondel sits just off the wall. To contemplate this piece is to peer into a looking-glass and perhaps let yourself slip miles away… just for a moment. This mirror is available in a soft palette of clear puddle with clear back glass; clear puddle with smoked back glass; or a peach-coloured puddle with clear back glass.

Putting the heart into tête-à-tête

New York-based and multi-disciplinary in scope, Tête Studio takes its name from the quintessential French phrase (tête-à-tête)t hat refers to an intimate conversation between two.

The studio, headed up by Laura and Zach, draws on the duo’s backgrounds in industrial and furniture design. Laura in particular comes from the beauty and wellness world, where she conceived and reimagined packaging design identities for household names like Glossier, Ritual, and Ilia. Meanwhile, Zach’s specialisation in furniture and lighting blossomed while working in studios including Hellman-Chang and Pablo Studios.

Under the banner of Tête Studio the duo explores what they describe as an unrestricted creative approach across areas of interiors, lighting and décor.

Tête Studio references its defining aesthetic as being colour, texture and fun – injected with life but grounded in sophistication. The pair’s work really speaks to those who appreciate art and high-end craft, as well as fresh new talent. No wonder we love these two pieces!

Tête Studio

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Alice Blackwood

Alice Blackwood is the Editorial Director at Indesign Media, and Editor of Indesign magazine and Indesignlive.com. She is a trained journalist and editor, with a background in branding and communications strategy. For more than 15 years Alice has been a passionate advocate of the architecture and design industry within Australia and the wider Indo-Pacific region. Through her work on international design festivals, regional awards programs including the INDE.Awards, as well as in print and digital media, she has helped establish numerous major platforms that recognise and celebrate the region’s most exciting architecture and design, and elevate those industry leaders into the global spotlight. “Our region’s design is defined by its fresh, yet hungry entrepreneurial spirit, its bold thought and brave actions, the flawless execution of complex ideas, and world-leading outcomes. I’m fascinated by all the moving parts of our architecture and design community – the businesses, the brands, the big-thinkers and everyday-doers.” Alice remains an active member of the Australian design and media industries as a Moderator, MC, Judge, Commentator, Mentor and Advisor. Among her main passions are workplace design, education design, healthcare design, wellness design, hospitality design and the business of design.