Shaker Design philosophy states, "Don't make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful don't hesitate to make it beautiful." While I don't subscribe to the first line of their design philosophy (I'll make just for the joy of making!), I do believe in the second. I have several Shaker boxes scattered around my house serving as storage where needed. I would love to have a tower arranged by size gradation. Not only do I love the style of the boxes, I love the continuity of shape and form provided by a size gradation.
I use the simple size gradation concept in arrangements all the time. I have often mentioned my ball collection. The largest grouping is arranged in a high nook displaying great variation in size, material and texture.
In the living/dining/great room, arranged on a console table crafted by T. Bayley Wharton, are three bowls by Chris Parris. Again I use size gradation as an interest point.
Both the console table and the bowls were found at craft shows. We first met up with T. Bayley Whaton at a Paradise City show. We found Chris Parris at a Guilford Craft show. Both are inspiring events and great places to add to the contemporary craft collections.
©2011 Ashbee Design, Marji Roy