The Society Inc Design studio is speckled with a kaleidoscope of wondrous & intriguing objects from far flung places. Our collections are vast and full of stories.
Materials, processes, and the tactility of things is a common motif found amongst the objects and samples living inside my imaginarium at The Society Inc. Hand tinkered brass, aged zinc, riveted hand rolled metals, blackened steel, wrought iron, raw vegetable tanned leathers & braided rope are always on display.
These methods & materials often become the driving force within my interiors or designs. My spaces & objects are designed to honour the way a material will change and patina over time. They carefully consider the maker and their process as well as the nature of the material he or she will be using.
All of the hardware within the Henry Mercer collection pays homage to the culture of makers and handicrafts made in India as well as drawing inspirations from Henry Mercer himself & his beautiful museum brimming with pre-industrial tools and instruments. No two items within The Henry Mercer collection are exactly alike. The hand tinkered metals and materials have often passed through the hands of many skilled craftsmen during the forging process and carry with them the evidence of this journey. During my design process a product starts with an idea, then gets a shape then layered with an emotion, a mix of materials, its own patina, some debossing and a hint of grit & age.
I am currently in India, spending time with various makers and invite you to come along for the journey by following my travels and exploration of materials, patinas, processes, colour and much more on Instagram. @sibellacourt
In the first addition of The Society inc newspaper I invited readers to revel in the pages of the dictionary of forgotten trades. The dictionary brings to life the magical happenings of age old materials and processes. It lists the working methods of blacksmiths, chandlers, iron forgers, map makers & ship wrights to name a few, as a gentle reminder in the beauty of these often forgotten trades and the storytelling which is married alongside their crafts. There is a certain charm which sits alongside the tinsmith who makes & repairs things of light metal. Plying their trade from the back of a gypsy caravan.
To explore the beautiful handicrafts of India further, search my Stylist's Guide to Dehli on Instagram #thestylistsguidetodehli or pick up Fiona Caulfield's Love Travel Guide to Delhi from our store or online here.