Decorex Announces New Makers For Future Heritage

New talents join the names announced earlier this year
6 – 9 October 2019

Decorex International announces ceramic artist James Rigler, product design practice Studio Furthermore, designer-makers Gavin Stanley Keightley and Anna Lorenz, and jewellery artist and designer Shiqi Li will join ceramicist Alice Walton, silversmith Hazel Thorn and glass artist Celia Dawson for the 2019 edition of the British craft exhibition, Future Heritage.

All the Future Heritage exhibitors explore materials and processes, the majority reimagining them to create new and alternative applications. Food is used to cast Jesmonite and pewter, while expanded aluminium will offer a glimpse into our search for scarce material resources on the moon.

Makers will look at the way we navigate the world around us, uniting grand architecture with the mundane fixtures and fittings that hold it all together, in order to explore hierarchy and context. The natural world inspires a number of pieces with diverse results from silver vessels to 3D printed wallpapers and new surface designs.

For the first time, using a rich palette of ceramic, metal leaf, stone and wood, James Rigler creates monumental furniture. He draws on a core vocabulary of geometric forms to create simplified shapes inspired by the language of architectural ornament. For Future Heritage, he responds to the arched splendor of London Olympia’s Grand Hall, combining it with references to the architectural grandeur of Glasgow’s past heritage. The evocative, stylised tables, lighting and benches sit at the very edge of the domestic realm and have a curious, surreal appeal.

By introducing a sense of the absurd, James questions the meaning of familiar forms and celebrates the lost
language of architectural decoration.

James trained in the architectural terracotta industry, an experience that continues to inform his practice.

Studio Furthermore also work with ceramic, producing new tiles and vessels using ceramic foams previously used in heat shields for NASA space shuttles.

They continue the lunar theme with a series of lights and furniture in Moon Rock, a material the Studio developed from expanded aluminum.

Taking cues from lunar geology, the studio has created a monolithic material language fused with recognisable geometric shapes and chiseled rock formations.

Studio Furthermore founded in 2015 by Marina Dragomirova and Iain Howlett, imagines a world in which lunar mining provides much of the scarce material on which industry depends, taking the strain off the Earth’s diminished resources.

New graduate, designer-maker Gavin Keightley has developed a collection of furniture cast in Jesmonite. These include three major cabinets and a series of stools. The pieces are created from moulds made of food stuffs, including mashed potato, seaweed and couscous, alongside a newly designed range of cast pewter door handles.

The work is inspired by the power of natural erosion: wind, rain, land and sea. The hands-on manufacturing techniques Gavin has developed allow him to generate an artificial erosion process.

Silversmith, sculptor and jewellery maker Anna Lorenz takes her inspiration from architecture and art, as well as the desire to investigate new materials and concepts. For Future Heritage Anna has developed a metal screen in the form of a triptych, as well as paper wall panels and floating wire sculptures.

She utilises geometric forms, predominately the square, to investigate space, line and composition in her contemporary metal vessels. Simplicity of form and attention to subtle details characterise her objects, tableware and sculptures.

Shiqi Li developed her interest in jewellery in the context of the home, during her recent MA in Jewellery & Metal at the Royal College of Art. At Future Heritage she showcases her recent collection Home Adornments: Earrings/Brooches, a range of wallpaper printed with abstract plant motifs on a raised paper. 3D printed wall
jewellery modelled from real plants is then displayed on the wallpaper. The detachable jewellery has been designed to allow the pieces to be worn on the body as well as to decorate the wall. This work reinterprets and updates the traditional way of making decorative objects in the 18th century, for modern times and extends the traditional usage of adornment for both body and interiors.

All the makers at Future Heritage have been selected by curator Corinne Julius for their innovative approach to materials and design and the contribution they can make to the contemporary interior.

Decorex International 2019
Dates: Sunday 6 – Wednesday 9 October 2019
Location: Olympia London

Opening Hours:
Sunday 6 October: 10am-6pm (trade only)
Monday 7 October: 10am-6pm (trade only)
Tuesday 8 October: 10am-7pm (open to the general public)
Wednesday 9 October: 10am-5pm (trade only)

Tickets: £18 trade/£40 consumer

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