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Showcasing the most exciting emerging makers and craftspeople, Future Heritage is the UK’s leading platform for British craft. Through the initiative, Decorex International offers its community the opportunity to discover and support collectible artists and designers.
This year, renowned applied arts and design critic and curator, Corinne Julius, will make her selection of designer-makers, who work across a diverse range of media - from metal and
glass to ceramics and digital.
Corinne Julius explains: “through the new works commissioned for Future Heritage, the makers are able to showcase their impressive capabilities and develop their practice. I work closely with the designers at the beginning of the process, encouraging them to explore new possibilities and scales with both commercial and private interior design projects in mind. Our aim is to communicate to the Decorex audience how working collaboratively with any of these makers is not only possible, but will enhance their own projects considerably, creating unique pieces that can be site specific. By now we have a really good track record.”
Corinne has selected new participants for 2019, whom she feels will have similar success. Exhibitors this year include ceramicist, Alice Walton, Silversmith Hazel Thorn and Glass Artist Celia Dawson, with many more names to be announced.
Working with coloured clay, Alice Walton creates sculptural and abstract forms with complex and intense textures, often with repetitive patterns. Her latest ceramic work is marked by her fascination for noticing mundane street objects, passed by in our everyday lives, such as concrete bollards, brickwork and pipework. She investigates how they can transcend into unusual and extraordinary objects, which form a new abstract landscape – a process assisted by photographic collages and drawings she makes.
Her installation for Future Heritage will take inspiration from the roof of Olympia London, Decorex’s new location. It will consist of elongated and extruded wall tiles in various shapes, hung together in order to create larger converging half-pipe structures that will snake around the walls in ambiguous ways. Each tile will be enveloped with hand-crafted porcelain strips in a variety of difference colours and hues, the strips will flow across the tiles in meandering patterns designed to draw the eye and provoke intrigue.
Silversmith, Hazel Thorn, will create new sculptural objects made in Britannia silver and gilding-metal, in this case a high-copper brass. For the first time she is making wall pieces approximately 100cm high by 60cm wide. The 3 new pieces are made up of multiple elements.
Hazel has developed her own patination process that creates a different effect on each type of metal she uses, giving the pattern more distinction. Silver stays white, gilding-metal turns black, and the areas where these two metals have alloyed during the fusing process become a vibrant blue-green.
The contrast of its apparent delicacy and great endurance, its boundless possibilities of form, pattern, texture and colour and its intriguing deceptions, mimicking other materials, form
the basis for Hazel’s interest in metal work.
Glass artist Celia Dowson will show pieces from Rhossili, a body of work developed through observing the changing colour and light in landscape. The objects, made of glass, are not traditionally functional but rather invite the viewer to reflect on the fluidity and mystery of the natural world and qualities of atmosphere and place.
Each form is designed with careful precision; different thicknesses of cast glass show the tonal depths of colour and, depending on the light, these colours shift from blues to greens, purples to greys. The qualities of polished and satin surfaces reflect and refracts light creating a subtle ambiguity of inside and outside, that generates an intriguing trompe l'oeil.
Past exhibitors have included Kaori Tatebayashi, Eleanor Laklin, Tord Boontje, Marcin Rusakand Sebastian Cox spanning cutting edge design and craft.
Marcin Rusak, winner of the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize, who developed his highly successful Flora range for the 2015 edition comments: “Future Heritage is a fantastic platform for new and established designers to get exposure and interest from professionals from around the world. It was key in the launch my career. The excellent curation by Corinne Julius and significant effort that every maker puts into creating their pieces makes it a ‘must see’ space that attracts interior designers, collectors and galleries. I have seen a large number of trade members coming back to us requesting information about the pieces we have shown. A significant number of them have turned into interesting commissions ranging from small pieces to larger scale works. Every year this space is a great opportunity to see up close a fantastic range of design, craft and sculptural works of the highest quality, while getting to know the creative behind them personally.”
Eleanor Lakelin said of the show: “I was very proud to be part of the 2015 group of designermakers chosen to exhibit with Future Heritage at Decorex. The exhibition was beautifully curated – an exciting mix of leading contemporary designers at the height of their powers and makers newer to the field. It was a wonderful platform to showcase my work which introduced me to collectors and galleries I continue to work with today. The coherence and sophistication of the exhibition was a testament to the work presented and its curation – a compelling blend of experimental ideas, artistry and skill.”