This September Kouamo was invited to take part in an exciting pop-up shop / exhibition at Craft Central for the London Design Festival. Material Consequences aimed to showcase the beauty in our most commonly used resources and visitors really enjoyed taking a glimpse into the artistic processes involved in the production of the work on show. Each of the seven featured designers brought their own unique craft to the event, combining innovative technologies with traditional techniques.
Kouamo showcased our new ‘Viñales’ collection inspired by the imagery of northern Cuba - showing sumptuous new cushions, rendered in silk, velvet and linen as well as layered print wallpapers and more. At the private view, visitors were particularly drawn to our Juan Y Pitin Cushion - a design set on the front porch of a peaceful 'casa particular' (private homestay) in Viñales. A lino print of two cyan chairs awaits siesta as the family dog lies languidly in the heat.
The display of our new Wallpapers were also much commented on. The distinctive geometric patterns blend European styling with enticing, exotic shapes - tessellated to create a luxurious interior backdrop.These are some of our own personal highlights of other works on show:
We love the beautiful soft glazes used by ceramicist Kerry in an earthy muted pallet of greens, browns, blues and greys. Her work is made using clay coloured with oxides, a technique that she has developed over the last 15 years and there is a natural honesty to her forms.
Designer Jenny Espirito Santo makes all of her work from cork. She combines original design with sustainable materials to craft homeware with a conscience - something we feel passionately about at Kouamo. We were besotted by her new cork composite furniture collection and in particular this exquisite Altas Table.
It is a joy to wear Karen’s hats, she has an incredible talent for creating wearable shapes which feel as good as they look. One of our current favourites is ‘Helle’ a new casual cap with small peak and made in Shetland wool. It comes in four colours and we can’t choose between mint, heather, blue or burnt orange.
Like us, Steph has been inspired by her travels to far off places. Her jewellery is gorgeous, but it was the story behind her wall pieces that really captured our imagination. The designs highlight the motivation and innovation within the slums of Kenya and amongst the shimmering cubes representing rooftops, handmade silver figures busy about and play.
Anna Perring’s ‘Luna Mini’ tealights each feature a simple image made from tiny pierced holes in the white ceramic. Watching visitors delight at picking and choosing was great fun and quite insightful! Our dream combination (unsurprisingly perhaps) veers towards the exotic with the plump pineapple and jaunty elephant - but with a bicycle thrown in for good measure!
As devout cheese lovers, this platter by Lynn particularly caught our attention! Lynn’s medium is kiln formed fused glass. She uses hand rolled art glass to produce a range of bowls, platters and serving pieces. We love the simplicity of this piece and the cool watery colour, which shimmers in the glass.
15 - 27 September 2015
Craft Central Gallery, 33-35 St John's Square, London, EC1M 4DS
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12-7pm, Tues till 9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm