Ingrid Donat creates sculpted furniture, most often in bronze. Taking a painterly approach to this weighty medium, Donat draws on diverse decorative influences including Art Deco, tribal tattooing, the work of Gustav Klimt and Armand-Albert Rateau, which have all inspired the intricate patterning of her work. Elements of Donat’s practice remain consistent. Her creative process begins with a sheet of wax, which she inscribes, carves and shapes to form the ‘skin’ of her work. This structure is then applied to her designs. She herself engraves the bronzes, paints the upholstery and treats the wood. Her pieces have been cast at the same bronze foundry, the Blanchet-Landowski, for over 20 years, evident by the stamp each piece bears, signifying the quality and artisanal craftsmanship that goes into every work.