“For me, the relationship between architecture and furniture design has always been pivotal to my creative process; right from the moment when I fully understood that the fundamental architectural principles of function, proportion and beauty applied to other design disciplines” Daniel Boddam
On honeymoon in Rome, Sydney-based architect Daniel Boddam and his photographer wife Kelly visited the Pantheon. It was here, and while visiting other monumental buildings in Europe and the Americas, Daniel began thinking about how he could translate ancient architecture into a modern furniture collection.
“I was just looking at simple principles and ideas and not trying to be too mimicry or esoteric. This really informed my design language for the collection,” Daniel says.
Daniel’s induction to architecture and furniture design began as a child; with both parents successful architects. He grew up surrounded by iconic pieces by Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. “I used to play hide and seek under the Mackintosh chair,” Daniel says. Desiring a career in furniture design and discovering that all his favourite designers were architects, Daniel followed suit by studying architecture and later working with his father’s firm. After working in Europe, Daniel took over the practice and today the Daniel Boddam studio, practices a philosophy of “considered simplicity” with its residential projects.
Boddam’s first furniture collection, Monument, is inspired by the buildings he visited on his honeymoon, as well as sculptural art – another of his passions. The collection features a dining table, a coffee table and chairs, each available in a curated range of natural materials and finishes. With its American oak base supporting a mild steel mid-section and a marble tabletop, the M dining, side and low coffee tables echo the pyramidal form of the El Castillo in Mexico but also the sculptural works of Constantin Brâncuși, (Daniel’s favourite sculptor). The M coffee table is a simple single mass with voids – on one side, steps are carved out and on the other, a nook for books and objects. The M chair’s essence was drawn from the Greek Parthenon, with its tapered columns replicated in the legs, creating a sense of light elegance. While there are only a few pieces in the range currently, the versatility in the materials allows the collection to translate to many different environments.