Nine leading contemporary designers will be displaying their work at a new exhibition this August. These designers all follow the rich heritage established by architect and designer Charles Robert Ashbee - placing great value on work, the joy of craftsmanship and the natural beauty of materials.
Vicki creates delicate and ornate small scale jewellery and boxes inspired by real and imaginary buildings. Especially attracted to the structural clarity and minimal ornament of Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, she also uses forms reminiscent of the modernist structures of Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright.
As all her jewellery is designed to be worn, and worn comfortably, the three-dimensional architectural structures on which she bases her work must be adapted rather than merely replicated in miniature, with the effect of distancing them further from their original referent. In this way, attention is drawn to the form of the pieces, and their intricate detail and definition.
Samuel spent seven years training to be a furniture designer and in 1995 he set up Channels with the idea to keep the entire design-make-sell process in-house.
His aim was to create pieces that were known for their clean, contemporary design and excellent craftsmanship. This continues to be his motivation, and to date Samuel’s work has been recognized with twelve Design Guild Marks.
“I am interested in design that endures - a piece of furniture that keeps its interest, made in such a way as to last, even improve, over time.”
Sebastian Bergne is renowned for making everyday objects special with his essential and human approach to design. His work shows less of a signature style, more a quest for appropriate new solutions to diverse design problems, whether working on bespoke projects or anonymous consumer products.
Having graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1990, he founded his studio in the same year. His achievements have been widely recognised with international design awards, frequent publications, exhibitions and inclusion in permanent collections
Working in porcelain, Tanya uses a range of approaches in her throwing to create forms that capture the qualities of fluidity and movement and evoke a sense of space. Her work evolves from her observations of natural phenomena, dramatic landscapes and the shifting qualities of the sea.
Tanya is fascinated by the idea of creating an overwhelming sense of something that is so overpowering that one cannot comprehend its boundaries. This sensation can be translated into a piece by following a line, and using rhythm, balance, tension or colour.
With over 33 years of leather working experience, her creative talent crosses the boundaries between craftsmanship, fashion, art and fantasy. Her work is all about curves and the sculptural elements of shoemaking and design.
Caroline said: “Leather and its inherent qualities have always been my passion. To me the shoe is the absolute expression of these characteristics, bringing together the essential internal strength and shape of the shoe and soles with oak bark tanned, wet moulded leathers along with some of the most finely coloured and finished upper leathers.”
Harts Silversmiths, along with jeweller Caroline Richardson
, encompass a unique living tradition in design and silversmithing which has its origins in the Arts and Crafts Movement. The Harts are descendants of the silversmith George Henry Hart (1882-1973) who came to Chipping Campden with C.R. Ashbee, they continue to produce handmade silver in the workshop established by Ashbee.
Jacqueline is recognised as a giant talent and influence amongst UK and European contemporary goldsmiths. Her superb technical accomplishment in manipulating precious metals is combined with a fine, painterly eye.
“I am preoccupied with the surfaces of precious metals and with form – juxtaposing the play of light, reflection, lustre with characteristic expressions of angle, curve and line…I rarely do a drawing of a piece before I make it, preferring to create it directly in the metals so that I can keep my mind open to all kinds of possibilities and avoid fixing any detail right up to the completion of a piece.”
Annette Friedrich is a London based fine-art bookbinder.
Originally born and bred in Germany, she first served a traditional apprenticeship in Leipzig and proceeded then to study Conceptional Book Art at the University for Art and Design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle/Saale. In 2005 Annette moved to London, and set up her studio for unique fine bindings in East London. She was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2012.
I like words and I like languages. I like how words add up, and how they create space: literature. And there is a visual language that works with yet another set of mark making, rhythms, and a sense of space that is so very different from the written word.
Working within a very old craft, I employ techniques that have passed down by generations. Saying new things with old words is a never-ending delight and challenge.