When the Norval Foundation opens in late April, visitors will be able to dine beneath Ashlee Ainsley Lloyd’s Molecular Light at its new Skotnes restaurant. The large-scale light installation was made for A New Wave, Southern Guild’s exhibition showcasing emerging design talent in August 2017.
Molecular is hand wrought from over a kilometre of chunky blackened rope and echoes the craggy forms of the surrounding mountains. “I wanted to create a floating, primitive and virtually conscious formation whose textured shape is reminiscent of ravines and abysses found in dramatic natural earth formations that are present on this beautiful continent,” the designer about her original design.
Ashlee is a young industrial designer and textile lover based in Cape Town. She is inspired by the rich culture of craft in Southern Africa and the complex forms found in nature – passions which she channels into tactile pieces that engage one’s emotions and senses.