Inspired by a Renaissance painting, Mad Lab‘s new Utopia series is a sleek set of wood tabletop accessories. The handcrafted home decor pieces include three jars with lids, a serving platter, two trays, and a fruit bowl. All of the pieces, designed by Mad Lab co-founder Antonio Serrano, are created from maple with ebony inlay to provide decorative detail and visual interest.
Utopia is dominated by archways and the reasoned, geometric shapes are reminiscent of architecture from The Ideal City. This 15th-century painting exemplifies the architectural principals of the Italian Renaissance, and here, Mad Lab has transformed those concepts into something thoroughly modern. The minimalist design focuses on the form of each accessory, each of which demonstrates the perfect balance between curves and straight lines.
“I’m a great lover of architecture and the geometry of this collection has a classic aesthetic but with a touch of the contemporary,” said Serrano. “Wood as a raw material is fascinating, it exists in silence and brings warmth. This collection is made in maple and ebony wood because it creates a delightful contrast in tones.”
Each piece is a sculpture unto itself, with several containing hidden surprises. For instance, the jars are lined with Canadian cedar wood, making them a delight for the senses when the lids are lifted and the aroma is released. The serving platter, which is raised on an arched colonnade, is the perfect showpiece for displaying delicate desserts, while the trays feature raised edges to hold onto and square inlay across the bottom that mimics flooring patterns.
Utopia debuted at the Madrid Design Festival in February and the Madrid-based design firm is working to make them available via their online shop.