How would you describe yourself? “I see myself as an all-rounder Da Vinci wannabe.”

What does the name Von Pelt mean? “It has no meaning whatsoever … I wanted to have something totally impersonal, so I chose it by opening a book twice and pointing blindly at words.”

You’ve described yourselves as a “nomad designer group” that prefers to keep the artist anonymous. Why is this important to you? “I like the idea of working in a different way, in
a different place with different people. It’s like having a serial romance.”

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Your designs made their debut in 2013, at Rossana Orlandi’s Milan gallery. How did that collaboration come about? “I went there and told her that I was a great furniture designer … showed her some totally made-up stuff, and she loved it. Then she said, ‘OK, in three weeks is the Salone [the annual design fair in Milan]. You need to deliver.’ I had never done a single piece of furniture in my life but I went and did some amazing brass furniture called The Golden Calf with a group of creatives.”

Tell us about your Meteorite tables that were on show at this year’s Milan fair. “We make them in Berlin. The process is always a struggle but a great pleasure and surprise as well. The materials are
so unpredictable, so you need to be very precise but free and creative at the same time. It’s like working with water­colours because you can’t make a mistake with the resin or the pigment. It’s very tense. They are lighter than they look, because they are not made of solid rock, but let’s say that they are pretty substantial.”

Do you make the pieces yourself? “Some I do, like creating most of the colours and compositions of the resin. I do loads of nailing on the brass pieces as well.”

Where do you find your inspiration? “This sounds like a cliché, and it is a cliché, but everywhere – from art, nature, religion and films.”

We also spotted your quirky wooden sculpture that showed the transition from tree to product in the trademark Hermès orange. What was that all about? “We thought it was funny to see how so many people, including me, don’t throw certain packages away. I kept seeing these distinctive orange pyramids in the background of pictures of people’s houses. They are empty shells and reminders of contents of luxury so are something reassuring. At the same time, they are only recognisable by people in the know so it is almost religious in its iconographic power.

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“I decided to work with people in the south of Spain who make religious figures using 17th-century techniques. I gave them a tree trunk from my boyfriend’s estate, and they carved it from there. It was great to see something so refined emerging from the raw wood.”

What’s next? “I’m doing a project with marble and another with bronze, in Italy. I also want to work with glass in Murano.”