Nautilus on the Sliding Machine

Product Description

Specially selected by award-winning designer Dagmar Holub, this delightful and intriguing curiosity allows you to display and enjoy the delicate structure of the Nautilus shell. An inhabitant of the Indo-Pacific Ocean, this deep-water dwelling creature is often referred to as a living fossil, on account of its connection with its ancient forefather, the fossil collectors’ favourite, the Ammonite.

The Nautilus (or sailor, from the Greek) fills and empties the chambers of its shell to adjust its buoyancy as it moves across the slopes of coral reefs that it calls home.

By winding the mechanism of this robust brass and wood device the user is able to slide the hemishells to and fro; allowing viewers to delight in the fascinating cephalopod’s logarithmic spiral as it separates and becomes whole once again. A naturally attractive object displayed beautifully. This item is one of the many curiosities featured in the Designer’s Atelier Collection of International Treasures for the Home.

Material: Natural shell and wood
Product Dimensions: W35CM X D15CM X H40CM

Designer's Atelier

Designer’s Atelier

Originally a scholar devoted to the study of philosophy and history she paid little heed to her childhood habit of rearranging objects let alone envisioning a future as an award-winning designer with a devoted international clientele. When her years of study left her restless with their lack of practical application a chance distraction of redesigning an old house was nothing short of a great awakening. She realized that interior design was a living philosophy noting that the arrangement style and colours of a room has a direct influence on its inhabitants. What she had overlooked as a compulsive habit now transformed into an all consuming passion revealing an almost uncanny instinct for balance and a brave use of texture and materials that others were quick to take note of. After a stint working for the famed Andrew Martin design team she procured a coveted internship with interiors icon Kelly Hoppen. With the quiet assurance one only sees in those who have found their life’s mission Dagmar had a growing client base before even finishing her design course. Awards began to pile up. She attracted the attention of Sir Terence Conran and Philippe Starck who judged her worthy of second place in the One to Watch Mydeco competition which aimed to discover the UK’s most promising designers. BIDA Design Review magazine showcased her as runner up in the Il Tempo Abitare competition. Most recently she was one of three winners in Homes & Gardens magazine’s competition sponsored by renowned interiors brand Sanderson in their search for a designer who could bring English style to a 21st Century interior. Working both residentially and commercially and with a product line that sells internationally Dagmar prides herself on her approachable manner with clients and has committed herself to creating design experiences that work from the inside out to restore one’s energy and reflect one’s own personality lifestyle and good health over following any trend.


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