For 35 years, Silverlining has been designing and creating furnishings for fine yachts, museums, homes, corporate offices, and private jets. For its new Provenance collection of coffee tables, credenzas, drinks cabinets, and more, the design team drew inspiration from art, architecture, as well as the natural world. Think butterflies, fossils, leaves, feathers, as well as water and landscapes. Regardless of influence, the Provenance collection pieces combine time-honored hand craftsmanship with modern techniques.
Here’s a selection of some of the furnishings.
AMMONITE SHORE: COFFEE TABLE AND ART PANELS
Silverlining’s designers echo Southern England’s Jurassic Coast plus fossils from other regions of the country for Ammonite Shore. Hand-cut marquetry creates some of the artistic features (below). So, too, does laser and machining practices.
AZTEC APEXES: CREDENZA AND TABLE
The Aztecs are famous for using pyramid forms for their BC-era temples. Similarly, the Louvre in Paris comprises the shapes. Silverlining thought of these for the three-dimensional, inverted forms in stacked leather that seem to spill out of the cabinet (top) and table in this grouping of pieces.
AZURE DEPTHS: DRINKS CABINET
Since yachts are on the water, why not keep water in mind for furnishings? The Provenance collection therefore includes Azure Depths (above), where you’ll note a fluidity of shapes. Additionally, you’ll note a steady tonal change from blue to black, just like what happens as you dive deep beneath the surface. Silverlining uses a type of sycamore wood called blue sycamore wood.
FLUID CONTOURS: DINING TABLE
For this dining table (above) in Silverlining’s Provenance collection, the team was inspired by the Honge Hani Rice Terraces in China. A photographer’s dream, they curve and cascade down mountainsides to the riverbanks. Similarly, the Fluid Contours table has 52 curving lines in resin, micro-etched into bog oak. The lines radiate out from a mirror-polished metal “river.”
MOLTEN HELIX: COFFEE TABLE WITH STOOLS
In 2018, the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii erupted for months, its molten-lava rivers forever changing the landscape. The Molten Helix table with pull-out stools (above) uses natural bog oak veneer whose color and texture are akin to lava-scorched earth. Polished urushi lacquer (a highly prized Japanese lacquer) and metal inlays represent the meandering lava.
Overall for the Provenance collection, Mark Boddington, Silverlining’s founder, says the name represents “the beginning of something, the start of a journey, a client’s vision made real.” He adds, “It is the inspiration behind a designer’s creative spark, the discovery of unusual and contrasting materials and story of a maker’s craft. It is creating a legacy.”