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Future Heritage – the leading showcase for emerging talents in British craft – made its debut at the new location of Olympia London at Decorex 2019. Designed to discover and support collectible design work from stand-out creators, renowned arts critic, Corinne Julius, handpicked an exclusive collection of products that she believed held the potential to become future heritage pieces.
Pegged to become pioneers and genre-definers of the design world, where are last year’s Future Heritage designers now? Explore the current projects of our talented 2019 Future Heritage alumni.
Gavin Keightley’s work explores the relationship between mankind and the natural world, investigating how natural phenomena can be translated via man-made craft, as well as how natural materials can be redefined in the manual processes of design creation. Keightley continues to explore the unique topographies generated by under-explored edible materials, most recently incorporating bread, rice krispies and marshmallows to his design explorations.
London-based artists Hsiao-Chi Tsai and Kimiya Yoshikawa work collaboratively on distinctive art installations exploring classical notions of colour, material, shape and form derived from nature. Most recently, the duo transformed the interiors of Jing An Kerry Centre Shanghai with a series of colourful vinyl installations on the theme of ‘Love Together’. The installations, designed for the ‘Time is Love, Time is Now’ festive event, entwine together in loving embrace, composing a heart-warming and evocative composition.
Silversmith, Hazel Thorn, continues to produce work that shines – in every sense of the word. Handcrafting her designs from Britannia silver and high-copper brass, Thorn employs her characteristic patina process to produce sculptures bearing delicate hand-painted ceramics. She continues to take inspiration from the complexity, order and chaos of forms in nature.
Through form and colour, Celia Dowson explores the interactions of light and surface to create dynamic visual effects in glass. Celia was recently awarded the prestigious Wallpaper Design Award 2020 for her smoky coral Rhossili Collection platter, first exhibited at Decorex 2019. The Rhossili collection was inspired by the Gower peninsular in Wales, using colour to capture the changing light of the sky that Dowson observed there. Celia’s award-winning collection will be shown again at Collect 2020 (22 February – 1 March).
Alice Walton’s one-off original ceramics explore complex and intense surface textures using coloured clay, throughout its plastic states. Their compact structures, built by individual handmade porcelain strips, contrast with the simple forms of street furniture and architecture, from which Walton continues to base her inspiration. Alice will be exhibiting more of her ceramics at Collect 2020.
James Rigler’s vibrant ceramics are inspired by the language of architectural ornament. His designs conjure imagery of ancient ruins, romantic landscapes and grandiose schemes, in collision with unexpected details, colours and scale. Rigler’s opulent Shell Sconce designs have recently been featured in World of Interiors magazine, and Aberdeen Art Gallery have commissioned the designer’s first permanent installation, the ‘Primitive Forms’ series.
Chinese-born emerging jewellery artist and designer, Shiqi Li (Gloria), transforms domestic objects into jewellery and back again. Crafting works functioning both as exquisite jewellery and wall decorations, Li’s ‘home adornments’ – as seen at Decorex 2019 - challenged amorphous distinctions between the practical, the aesthetic, and the domestic. Already a rising star in the design space, Shiqi is currently studying for her MA at the Royal College of Art.
Beginning his creative path in 2014, Luke Hope’s artistic foundation originated with the form of a spoon. His design repertoire now spans the functional to the abstract, from elegant tableware to beguiling sculpture work, each skilfully shaped from single pieces of wood. Hope’s continues to design exclusive tableware for a growing collection of some of the worlds most renowned chefs and restaurants, his current practice favouring woods such as sycamore, dark walnut and ancient bog oak.
Through hands-on materials exploration and research, creative duo Marina Dragomirova & Iain Howlett, constantly strive to seek out new kinds of material and cultural realities. Their ceramics have been included in the permanent collection of the Vitra Design Museum, and the studio have collaborated with various galleries, including Nilufar in Milan, Apalazzo Gallery in Brescia and Exile Gallery in Vienna.
Simplicity of form and attention to subtle details characterize the objects, tableware and sculptures of Anna Lorenz. Lorenz’s work is currently being featured in permanent collection ‘The Outside Inside’ at Futurium Museum Berlin – a series of interconnected works questioning the relationship between the environment, the species that inhabit them and technology, through the lens of terraforming.
Fernando Laposse is a Mexican product and material designer. Fernando’s work focuses on transforming natural materials that are often considered waste into refined design pieces. Laposse’s ‘Pink Beasts’ installation was recently featured at Design Miami – a collection of pink sloths and hammocks composed of knotted agave fibres, hand-crafted by 60 Yucatan women as part of an empowering community project.
Through 3D or spatial imagery within glass, Helen Slater Stokes’ artwork explores the notion of glass as a facilitator in working with and challenging our perception of space. Helen has recently embarked on a practice-based research PhD in glass, at The Royal College of Art, in order to develop her practice further.
Lynne MacLachlan Studio takes a uniquely experimental approach with digital tools, using bespoke software and 3D printing to materialise complex sculptural jewellery and objects. MacLachlan’s pioneering design studio are now debuting a brand new ‘Helix’ jewellery collection. Inspired by the intriguing geometry of the helix, these sculptural pieces elegantly twist and turn, offering the cool elegance of geometry with the joy of colour and movement.
Future Heritage will return for Decorex 2020. Keep your eyes peeled on the blog over the next few months for the announcement of this year’s brand new, hand-selected cohort of creators-to-watch.