“Samuel Wilkinson has designed a six piece stationery set called Babylon for French design brand Lexon, launching during Maison & Objet 2014.
‘I wanted to create an aesthetic, tactile set of objects that work as well in the office as in the home. Each object has its own character and individuality but still looks coherent in a group,’ says London-based designer Samuel Wilkinson.
Wilkinson says ‘We were searching for an distinct surface treatment that could elevate the series and tie all the of the objects together. Through our research we came across inspiring images of rock strata, such as the The Wave, on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes in Arizona. The soft forms of the sandstone are split by the rock layers that sweep around the mounds producing a really beautiful effect.
Our first development was to analyse each of the objects and their individual functions, then create soft forms that were compact, tactile and efficient. Each has been simplified as much as possible, to remove all unnecessary details.
These forms were then split by planes rotated along one axis, usually vertically though the centre. The 3d outlines around the shape were then re-skinned to create the final objects.
This geometric treatment gives each object a level of complexity while still keeping them understandable, and more importantly, still ergonomic so they feel great in the hand.’”