BIG creates indoor-outdoor furniture collection that mimics the shape of lily pads
The Lily furniture collection created by architecture firm BIG for Danish brand Skagerak has no sharp corners, in an homage to the gently sloping oval shape of lily pads.
Made up of a table, bench and chair, the series features rounded slats of golden teak wood, propped up by simple, stainless steel X-frames.
"These materials are perfectly suitable to outdoor and indoor use," explained Erik Berg Kreider, senior industrial designer at BIG.
"They will age beautifully with time and use, with the teak becoming lighter in colour. The collection also excludes any paints or finishes, letting the steel and teak become the true protagonists."
Lily pads are a recurring theme for BIG. The firm created oversized floor-cushions for children to jump on in its design for WeWork's New York primary school.
"This soft, organic, super elliptical shape is something we're often drawn to as we believe it encourages movement in interior and exterior environments," Berg Kreider told Dezeen.
"These pieces become important elements of a space and therefore a natural flow of movement should work with and around them."
In this same spirit, the pieces are designed to be multifunctional, working both in the house and in the garden, and as a dinner or lounge set-up, with the bench doubling as a low coffee table.
The campaign images were shot in BIG's Urban Rigger, a houseboat for students made of shipping containers, which like the collection combines indoor and outdoor living complete with balconies and a swimming platform.
"This location felt perfect for the collection, because it also draws inspiration from the water and ports found in and around Denmark," Berg Kreider explained.
The Lily collection will be available through Danish furniture brand Skagerak from March 2020.
Other BIG designs for the home include the VIA57 lounge chair based on the firm's New York apartment tower of the same name, and the blown-glass Gople lamp, which helps plants grow indoors.