Hand-sculpted with a delicate eye for details, natural stones such as marble or limestone take new form and function with every tap of a chisel. Inspired by the ageold art of bas-relief, stone surfaces are honed and hand polished into mesmerizing displays of pure craftsmanship.
Alchemy is often considered an ancient and buried philosophy.But to us, the art of hand-crafted metal inlay work is a combination of traditional craftsmanship, cutting-edge technology, a sophisticated design ethos, and the finest materials, giving alchemy it’s rightful place in the modern world.
Prometheus discovered fire, its enthralling power and unpredictable affinity for destruction. The Japanese art of Raku, took it a step forward and used fire’s potential to create eternal beauty. Each tile is expertly hand glazed,hand fired and rapidly cooled, using the same traditional raku techniques that have been followed for centuries. Intense colours and unpredictable patterns open up a world of creative possibilities.
Stone-in-stone inlays act as the perfect representation of the coexistence between subtlety and magnificence. Fine marble and limestone surfaces are embellished with subtle, decorative inlays in a variety of materials ranging from stone and mother of pearl to lapis lazuli and malachite.
Hand-beaten Metal Overlay
The finest metal is placed on the most conscientious of craftsmanship to create intricate patterns. What starts out as delicate stone carving is then covered by a layer of metal that is delicately hammered in place, to create both visual depth and subtle texture.
Metal graces stone, wood, glass and other materials with its purity and personality. This cutting-edge technique, that involves bonding the metals in liquid form to the surface, offers a variety of aesthetics and a multitude of different effects, from patina, aged and rusty to sleek and modern.
As an ode to the medieval stained glass panels of Europe’s cathedrals, large sheets of colored glass are broken into asymmetrical pieces, reassembled methodically to create something truly unique and seemingly unplanned.Belying the precise composition and skilled craftsmanship required to create these shimmering surfaces, the resulting patterns seem almost rganic in nature.
The beauty of wood embedded with rare artistry for sumptuous surfaces. Every piece is made meticulously, inlaying solid wood and sheet metal into natural stone, then honing all the materials until they appear to form a single seamless whole. Naturally, the technique demands expert craftsmanship and a deep understanding of the materials used.
A centuries-old dying art form, Tarkashi involves drawing of the design on a piece of paper & then transferring onto wood, where each detail of the pattern is hand-carved to create deep grooves. Flattened and gleaming metal wires are then inlaid into the grooves and hammered into position by hand.
Orvi artisans have mastered this 15th century art form, where metal is applied at the reverse of clear glass resulting in decorative reflective surfaces. Each Eglomise piece is one-of-a-kind & also double as captivating storytellers