One of the joys of going out and exploring the work that’s being done in Second Life in design is that you come across some lovely things. And someone who both produces beautiful things herself and encourages new designers to produce them too is Sky Everett of Sky Designs in L’Utopie. Her store is remarkable in itself, and I’ll be talking abut that as part of my series on store experiences (you can see Part 1 of that here).
I visited Sky in her studio the other day to see work in progress – and met the very talented new designer Rowan Keats, who was also working there. Much of what they were working on is still work in progress, but one thing that impressed me was the beauty and detail of the textures Sky was working with in the design of a variety of new chairs – and these, she agreed, I could blog about!
The chairs themselves were lovely, and came in a range of styles, but I was particularly struck by two elements of detail in the chairs themselves, both using different forms the textures – and one of which is clearly visible in this illustration (and both even more visible in the full size version available on Flickr).
Here you can see the richness of the upholstery. It struck me as very much in the style of Louis Quinze. The pattern incorporates tiny details – the stitching of blue beads – turquopises, perhaps? And the rich variations in colour between gold, green and blue – to say nothing of the effects of light and shade. The sheen on the ribboning that runs between the decorated squares has, for me, the quality of palpable ribbons – I feel I could slide my finger along those smooth ridges. Overall, the texture of wonderfully three-dimensional and tactile – you want to stroke it – and that in itself is quite an achievement.
But that’s not all. Complimenting this, in the delicate tracery of the wooden frame of the chairs, was the detailed ivory inlay. I particularly like the little flourishes at the tips of the posts, where the way the wood and ivory blended richly together was very fine.
These, however, are just a sample of a wide range of goods that Sky offers at her store. This is not low prim furniture, admittedly. But neither does it use prims carelessly – every element is of value. My recommendation would be that this is furniture which well rewards a good, long look!