Scotland born, Stockholm educated, craftsman extraordinaire David Taylor is a contemporary artisan who uses post-industrial waste and precious metals to create, and recreate, household objects such as candlesticks, lamps, and mirrors again - and again.
Truth be told, Taylor has been lighting the way with his bespoke candlestick creations for over a decade, but in recent years, each collection of candlesticks have become extraordinary objects and stand-alone, sculptural art pieces.
Taylor’s most recent collection ‘Slag’, combines brushed aluminum and polished brass with waste material found on the site of a former iron foundry to create a series of candle holders. The slag – a bi-product of the smelting or refining of metal ore – is left in its raw blue-black state and attached to metal components using soldering, bolts and glue to create the candlesticks.
Before Taylor’s Slag collection, there was ‘Crowd’. A uniquely stacked juxtaposition of unexpected materials such as polished brass, rough concrete, bakelite, silver and leather. The playful collection is comprised of 30 unique interchangeable pieces. Components are designed to be continually replaced with new ones, to celebrate a process of continual rejuvenation and reinvention. Taylor employed a full material pallet in this project allowing each candlestick to have it’s own integrity.
Taylor's skilled aptitude for transforming raw materials from the earth into sculptural and functional everyday objects is extraordinary. Each object an art piece in its own right.