We love a good mill and earlier this year we started working with wood-turner Matt Jones to develop and produce a simple wooden mill. All went well and then there was a brief about 'Weathering', which we felt we needed to react to in a considered, relevant and modern way. We wanted to show how Ireland's weather could be a significant influence on an object's final appearance.
Often this comes down to plank size in timber or the quality of the local earth in ceramics. The conclusion for us was to look at the damp nature of Ireland's climate. How the rain and bitter winds can very quickly alter the nature of a fallen tree.
Spalted Irish beech became the material of choice due to the wild black spidery pattern that occurs during the natural early stages of beech decay. A fallen beech left in a field over the winter months and then caught at just the right moment, will have fantastic the dark lines of rot running wildly through its grain. These dark black lines are the heart of the decay and a flame like pattern fans forth from there with waving pattern.
All too often this beautiful material is used in overly ornate objects where the form dominates the material and one is unsure how to handle such an overload of disorder. Our conclusion was to pair a very simple form, such as our peppermill, with the wonderfully ornate nature of spalted beech.
The original peppermill we developed with Matt Jones as a simple functional mill, almost invisible, beautiful on the eye and in the hand - a super functional object for every day use. This new EDITION is an evolution of this thinking. It is about how a simple adjustment to the materiality of an object can change it into something altogether different yet the same. Less everyday, the spalted Irish beech elevates the mill into a object of rare beauty.
Above there a few photographs Matt took while producing the collection. Just click the arrows to view the making of our mills.