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When planning our display for London Design Week this year, we knew we wanted a feature artwork that could show off a range of our skills. The idea for a Maple Tree Design came from an interior design project we worked on together with Rene Dekker Design. This bas-relief was a contemporary take on traditional Japanese screen designs from the 16th century and perfectly sums up how craftsmanship and applied arts can be incorporated in modern interior design.

Maple tree bas-relief finished in stucco and metal leaf, Photo and Interior Design by René Dekker Design.

Maple tree bas-relief finished in stucco and metal leaf, private apartment, London. | DESIGN: Rene Dekker | PHOTO: © Rene Dekker

The Process

Firstly we worked on a concept to fit the space and installation requirements. We produced a design to include carving, casting and gilding, to sit on a textured paint finish or stucco background.

The trunk and ground was carved by Zorica Ivankovic, adding texture and fine details. Leaves were made by Vitaly Moiseev who created smaller modules of leaf formations that could be combined in an organic way to avoid pattern repeat. The bas-relief maple tree was given a stone like finish and a textured paint finish background.

The Maple Tree bas-relief, displayed at London Design Week 2022.

The creation of a Maple Tree bas-relief, from start to finish.

A handful of leaves were oil gilded to give contrast to the piece. Our team worked tirelessly to finish and assemble this feature artwork in a short time-frame. Have a look at the video above to see our creative process on this project from start to finish.

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