The Brite Bodies furniture collection nods its head to the work of influential creatives

Interior designers Kate Hayes and Krista Sharif have created Brite Bodies, a debut collection of colorful furniture informed by the work of creatives including Vivienne Westwood and Ettore Sottsass.

Brite Bodies has 11 designs and is the first furniture offering from the eponymous studio based in Atlanta, of which he is a co-founder Hayes i Sharif.

The Vivienne pedestal refers to the work of Vivienne Westwood

Featuring coffee and martini tables, as well as home accessories such as candle holders and decorative obelisks, the brightly colored collection takes hints from the work of some of Hayes and Sharif’s favorite creatives.

The Vivienne pedestal is a handmade wooden side table painted in a pink-red geometric pattern that pays homage to the postmodern punk plaid and tartan graphics of British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

Abbott is a coffee table made of two crescent shapes
Abbott is a coffee table made of two semicircles

Two crescent-shaped plaster tables are paired to form a circle designed to resemble Necco Wafer. Named Abbott, the tables are informed by the retro spirit of Eleanor Abbott’s 1940s board game Candy Land.

“The name Brite Bodies is a kaleidoscopic nod to the luminous media of expression that affects everything we do and do,” Sharif told Dezeen.

“Brite Bodies tries to reinterpret the daring spirit of some of our favorite artists, designers, authors and musicians – from the playful maximalism of Ettore Sottsass to the planetary watercolor illustrations found in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Little Prince, “the designer continued.

Brite Bodies is informed about the work of various creatives
Ettore pedestal is a checkered side table or pedestal

The process of designing Hayes and Sharif stemmed from their shared love of heritage. The couple also described the work of the Italian design and architecture collective from the 1980s, Memphis Group, as central to the Brite Bodies collection.

Having created the collection during the spring of 2020, when the world went down due to the coronavirus, the designers said that Brite Bodies contains the themes of “escapism” and “transcendence”.

Color and pattern are the heart of the furniture collection, which contains a whole range of motifs, including one-color cross patterns and bright yellow blocks.

“Using plaster, resin, wood and brass as material inspiration, the collection included a trial and error process before we landed on the final design,” Sharif explained.

Candlesticks are part of the furniture collection
Candlesticks are part of the collection

“Selected pieces are surface-painted or hand-painted with a viscerally vivid pop art hue, from lemon yellow to pink candy,” Hayes said.

“It was really important that we got the right shades for each piece, and that took a while.”

“The beauty of the collection is that the pieces can exist and live independently or be paired and combined for optimal effect,” Sharif added.

Hayes and Sharif hired local artisans from Atlanta in the design process
The Antoine cocktail table is a tribute to the work of the writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

When designing Brite Bodies, Hayes and Sharif also intended to involve the local artisan community in Atlanta in the process.

Part of the proceeds from each sale of Brite Bodies is donated Drawchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering poor and needy children through art therapy programs.

Brite Bodies includes martini tables
The Frank Martini table has the shape of a crescent moon

Other newer designs that use vibrant pop colors include Moisés Hernández’s hot pink chairs that have been painted a natural color from crushed insects and a suitcase space for mint green and burgundy in Montreal by Ivy Studio.

The pictures are courtesy of Brite Bodies.

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