An injection of colour was given to this kitchen through a bold tiling scheme. The 291 bespoke tiles were hand made to fit the space exactly. The dimensions of the site determined the width of the tiles, it was not necessary to cut the tiles to fit. Each tile was rolled, cut and glazed by hand giving an individuality which can be appreciated from up close. The simple shape of the tiles creates a complex pattern through the grouting. Eight coloured glazes were developed to enhance the rhythm of the pattern. Working directly with the clients to achieve a colour pallet that complimented the yellow windows and the meadow garden beyond. Bringing the outside jungle inside. The tiles are site and client specific.
A space designed for Ceramics from Ceramics. Working closely with the architects to achieve a number of truly site specific design features. The initial concept was that everything in the space that would be touched should be ceramics. Activating as many senses as possible while in the Pentagon showroom.
Tasked to design and make tactile enhancements to the space ranging from the exterior handrail to a variety of door handles. This project was sheer joy to work on with both the client and architects passion for the space and willingness to experiment.
Handcrafted an 18 meter handrail adorns the staircase that wraps around the containers. A multilayered glaze was developed that has undertones of rusted orange to permeate into the supporting Corton uprights. The glaze is freckled with a warm cream that reflects both the original Victorian glazed tiles and the new Pentagon tiles featured in the courtyard. The glaze breaks into hues of purple that pick up the warmth in the merlot of the shipping containers. A texture was used on the handrail to define movement. On the staircase the texture ascends the handrail as the user does. This texture then follows the thumb to the inside of the handrail as it follows the balcony around the space. Guiding visitors to the fourth and final container.
The handrail was made in bespoke sections, the highlight of which are 3 angled ceramic sections that wrap the handrail corners. 2 horizontal 90˚ changes in direction are made perfectly to fit, not cut on site but born off site in one section. The third angle change is a 143˚ change as the staircase reaches the balcony. These 3 sections really highlight the attention to detail in the space and the continuity of ceramics.
Continuing the tactile experience throughout the space with ceramic door handles that mirror the production of the handrail. Used internally and externally the door handles are linked to the entrance buzzer and draw pulls through the same use of material and glaze.