Decorex International 2016 sees the return of Future Heritage, its acclaimed feature that exhibits work by some of the leading names in British craft and showcases new materials and techniques.
Curated by renowned design and applied arts critic, Corinne Julius, Future Heritage has been widely credited with raising the profile of craft in the interior. Exclusively for 2016, this select group of 14 makers will be presenting new work and processes that can be commissioned by interior designers and architects for use in their projects, such as lighting, flooring, and sound absorbent, fire resistant textiles.
All 14 of the designer/maker practices have been chosen for their innovation and mastery across a range of craft skills from ceramics to electronics and all will be creating new work especially for Decorex. This includes interactive, immersive lighting installations by Tangent, who interweave electronics, robotics and computer programming with design to create magical experiences, as well as intriguing ceramic and glass lighting installations by Vezzini & Chen.
Curator Corinne Julius comments: “I am really excited about this year’s Future Heritage. I wanted to show that contemporary craft stretches across different media and thought processes, from the digital to the handmade. Each maker is pushing the boundaries in their specialist field exploring the process of making by experimenting with their chosen material to create new and unexpected designs. Those designs aren’t just beautiful bolt-ons, but can be incorporated by interior designers and architects from inception stage.”
Many of the designers have developed new materials and processes to be used in new ways for the interior, which will be presented for the first time at Future Heritage. Emma Jeffs of N&N Wares shows her new digitally printed, hand manipulated textile, whilst Jesper Eriksson and Fabio Hendry exhibit new flooring and seating made of polished coal. Martijn Rigters and Fabio Hendry collaborate to show a new decorative surface material and aluminum furniture in ‘The Colour of Hair’, which uses waste hair as a sustainable form of printing on metal. Silo Studio presents their new dyed marble collection as well as furniture in aluminum and bowls in Jesmonite.
Jesmonite is a material of choice for several other makers. Phil Cuttance presents vessels and furniture, whilst silversmith Juliette Bigley combines it with silver and other metals to make new vessels. On the metal theme Sarah Stafford, originally a fine jeweller, expands her practice in laser cut aluminum and steel to create wall hangings and tables. More traditional skills are not forgotten. Ceramicist Tamsin van Essen, shows vessels inspired by the interiors of Syon House and Alicja Patanowska displays elegant large scale indoor ‘nurseries’ in glass and ceramics. Katie Spragg creates delicate horticultural installations in ceramic, whilst Ashraf Hanna displays his large refined vessels in ceramic and glass. New designer Mark Laban uses digital process on wood to create furniture of sophisticated rusticity.
Julius concludes: “Expect the unexpected.”
Future Heritage, recognised as a definitive guide to today’s most important designer-makers and the names to commission in British craft. Each maker will be at Future Heritage during the course of the four-day show and will be available to discuss the commissioning process.