Now those objects, including three collections for the home with Lapicida, are a key part of her burgeoning design empire. Her collaboration with the stone specialists started in 2014 at the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition at Milan’s Salone del Mobile furniture fair. Bohinc was paired with Lapicida, and the result was the limited edition Solaris table. It was the biggest thing she’d ever done, and allowed her to stretch her creative talents into the home. “I’d felt constrained after years working on a small scale,” she says.
Traversing the line between making things that people wear and objects that are in people’s homes was a fun challenge for Bohinc. “My jewellery pieces are objects for the body and my furniture is jewellery for the home,” she says. Using many of the same techniques and materials across the two disciplines means that the process is comparable. “To design a table and to design a ring can take exactly the same amount of time. It’s just scale.”
With a range that includes candlesticks, mirrors, bowls and tables, Bohinc’s home pieces offer the opportunity to play with complex stone marquetry, and to learn more about the specificities of marble. “The beautiful thing about big pieces of stone is that there are no two alike,” she says. “It’s almost like a painting by nature, it can vary quite a lot in colour and pattern. Every time you use a stone you’re playing with a unique set of parameters. Much more so than in jewellery where the stones you use are a lot more standardised because they’re smaller.”
Alongside the natural pleasure of the materials, technology is also at the heart of the design process, from the 3-D printed models she makes for each piece, to the laser and water-jet cutting used to create the final work. Again, Bohinc is self-effacing about her process. “I think using technology comes from my time at the Royal College. I was lazy at making things. I like things to look complicated, but I don’t have the patience to make them.”