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The New Craftsman x Charlotte Kingsnorth Collection: Processing LichenTuesday 30 April 2019
The New Craftsman x Charlotte Kingsnorth Collection: Processing Lichen ⇒ ‘Processing Lichen’ is an exclusive new collection of patinated bronze furniture conceived by industrial artist and designer Charlotte Kingsnorth in partnership with The New Craftsman. The collection includes a low console table, high console table, and wall mirrors that will be presented at their Mayfair store as well as online in May, during London Craft Week. CovetED brings you all the details below!
The New Craftsmen has announced that industrial artist and designer Charlotte Kingsnorth is creating a new collection of bronze furniture featuring her groundbreaking lichen patina finish for their London Craft Week presentation in May. Kingsnorth’s dynamic new furniture collection, which includes console tables and wall mirrors, showcases a new technique inspired by organic lichen fungi, whereby layers of chemicals and pigments are applied to heated bronze to create a rich and expressive surface.
Charlotte Kingsnorth is a pioneering designer who collaborated with The New Craftsmen during the creation of her new collection to develop new applications for this unique technique. The complex process of patination is a careful application of selected chemical compounds, such as oxides, carbonates, or sulfides, formed on the bronze surface during exposure to atmospheric elements (oxygen, rain, applied heat, carbon dioxide, sulfur-bearing compounds) that tarnish the surface in the process.
Charlotte Kingsnorth remarked – “My goal was to work with patina in a way I hadn’t seen before – to play with colour, textures, and create depth on the metal surface. Inspired by the lichen that was growing on a railing near my studio, I embarked on a series of studies exploring its different forms, from leaf-like branches to a cracked powder-like look, and then reinterpreted its growth and patterns on bronze which I have first manipulated to create clean, architectural forms that are functional art pieces.”
Having trained under Toord Buntje at the Royal College of Art in 2012, Kingsnorth set up her own practice and has created work for Bill Gates, Fendi, SHOWStudio, Christies, the V&A and has shown at the international design fair circuit. Kingsnorth’s practice melds functionality with a personal exploration of materiality, form, and the subversive. The New Craftsmen first presented her work at Design Miami in 2017.
The New Craftsmen creative director, Catherine Lock, also commented that “Creative patronage is critical to the development of new talent, and in particular to innovation. Without early stage seeding and development money, makers struggle to survive and therefore exploring new ideas at scale becomes almost impossible. Craft is as much about tradition, as it is innovation, and through putting our faith (and investment) in Charlotte’s vision and skill we hope to demonstrate what craft can become.”
As part of their focus on patronage, on Thursday 9th May The New Craftsmen will host a panel discussion exploring how craft patronage enables innovation with Kit Kemp (Design Director, Firmdale), Tord Boontje (Industrial Designer), Janice Blackburn (former Curator of Contemporary Craft and Design at Sotheby’s) and Charlotte Kingsnorth.
The exhibition will run from Thursday 2nd May until end of June. You can visit it from Monday to Saturday between 11 am and 6 pm. Tickets for the talk can be purchased at – https://tnc-lcw-talk.eventbrite.co.uk.
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