How can the overall form of an object transform once its surface is broken and tension released?
Foam is rolled tightly to create a taut cylinder. A bold slash lengthways with a knife creates a sudden burst and changes the form in a permanent way. The once hidden layer inside is exposed and presents a new surface, which functions as a seat. The hand painted digitally printed textile skins the form of the sofa, its two dimensional effect outlines the eruption.
My Big Fat Sofa is an adaptation of the AtOne sofa, a continuation of the studios research into the anthropomorphsation of furniture. The piece explores the relationship between the two material types, the subject, soft and malleable and the object, cold and rigid. The final works is a celebration of the two merging together to create a new biomorphic and anthropomorphic form, unsettling and inviting both at once.
This works was commissioned by the Crafts Council and The New Craftsmen for their show at Design Miami.
Stitched Urn is the result of a visual and haptic exploration into the perversion of materials. The Urns' appear to be soft but are actually hard and fragile.
The tactile appearance of the vessel is captured through the process of slip casting; the structure is crystallised and sets the object with a sense of permanency. The urn holds a balance of senses somewhere between hard, soft, durable and fragile.
Materials: ceramics with velvet underglaze
Ribbon of Gold - Fifteen Hollen St.
As part of a new residential development in Soho, Charlotte Kingsnorth Studio was asked to design a permanent art installation for the entrance lobby:
My ideas for the lobby centrepiece were led by the stories and characters of the area. I wanted to capture the romanticism; the history of Dickensian Soho that still permeates this area today. The legacy of artisans, authors and artists is something I wanted to celebrate. In the Victorian era Soho was occupied by sundry industries like organ makers, coach trim developers, silversmiths and goldbeaters, who used tremendous cast iron mallets to beat out ribbons of gold into gold leaf, a community of industrial creativity totally unique to Soho. Charles Dickens regularly frequented the area, referencing ‘gold beaters’, ‘silver chasers’ and the ‘mysterious golden giant’ in his book ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. This work immortalises the story in brass, bringing it to life and honouring the artistic community.
The final piece is a fourteen meter Ribbon of Gold, which dips in and out of the walls. The giant gold beater has beaten the gold strands with his humungous mallet, until it turns to gold leaf just microns thick.
Inscribed into the metal, is some prose taken from the book, which sets the tone for the building as a place of solace.
Tom Hingston Studio designed the entrance lobby for the office side of the development and designer Paul Cocksedge designed a spiral 'living' staircase.
Photo credits: Mark Cocksedge, Howard Kingsnorth
The Hi!breed collection continues to evolve from the bringing together of vintage furniture frames and fleshy biomorphic upholstery. With every new chair comes a new character, which is drawn out and realised as an individual sculptural form. Each chair is hand sculpted with foam and carefully hand stitched and labelled.
Contact the studio for more information on personalised commissions.
Hi!breed chair showing at Triennale Design Museum next to Ching-ting Hsu's Bamboo Squeeze stool and Fabio Novembre's Him chair.
Babafelt is an easy chair evolved from the FeltUp chair.
Babafelt is made from thick natural wool felt. The felt sheet is cut and folded to make a cocoon-like space in which to sit, which responds to the occupants’ movements and hugs them as they lean back.
The wooden frame is made by traditional British craftsman who masterfully shape the walnut timber. The thick walnut legs are steam bent to follow the natural curve of the felt.
Felt is a high tech ecological material which comes from a low tech renewable source. The felt is made from high quality wool fibres which are mechanically pressed using heat, moisture and pressure. The outcome is long lasting, resistant against fire and moisture and acts as a natural insulator to noise.
The chair comes with a large round cushion.
Baba Felt chair is now available to purchase directly from the studio.
Bill Gates commissioned the chairs in 2012; here he is sitting in one of the early designs of the chair.
A series of glass vessels and a floor lamp manifested through the observation of traditional glass blowing methods and tools. A new tool was designed, made, tested and refined which can be used to blow two air bubbles into the molten glass at once.
BLO Lamp combines the final glass product standing on the tool that blew it.
Blo Lamp - hand blown glass, LEDs, stainless steel stand, concrete base
Blo Vessels - hand blown glass
Tried and tested: the evolution of designs for the double pronged blowing tool
Welcome to the World of Fendi
Commissioned by Italian luxury fashion brand Fendi, Charlotte Kingsnorth studio was commissioned to design intriguing displays for Fendi's smaller wearable products. The commission was to celebrate their new flagship London store.
Shimmering 'portholes' serve to display Fendi treasures; sunglasses, watches, jewellery and scarfs. Glowing softly, the mollusc-like objects are made from rubber cast directly from the Selleria leather used for Fendi handbags. The intricate leather veins are illuminated through the rubber, a nod to the brands Craft/Punk ethos.
A reincarnation of an old cafe chair, SOHO Sucker has been disassembled and put together into a new configuration.
The chair was originally made for a show in conjunction with Martino Gamper and the V&A museum in London in 2010.
Thrilly is a floor lamp with a manual dimming system. When the weight is pulled down the silk shade gathers and scrunches, which dims and softens the light.
Silk shade, nickel plated stand and pulley.
At One narrates the bond between a person and their sofa. Together they sit as one, the flesh spills and bulges, enveloping the wooden frame as a marriage of two mediums. The new form is grotesquely beautiful.
Produced in response to a brief to design a sofa as a piece of art for the Vitra Editions range, winner of D&AD award in 2008.
Timber frame, foam, velvet and sheet latex.
I was asked to take part in London Elephant Parade to raise awareness and funds to help elephant Conservation. The life-size baby elephant statues were exhibited all over London.
Here is our wrinkled elephant who was sponsored to sit on a 'happy' cloud in Green Park.
He sold for £10,000, which went towards the charities plight to help save the elephants from extinction.