One of the most enjoyable parts of our product design work, is having the opportunity to work with an extraordinary collective of exceptional and talented individuals, brands and organisations. We choose our partners carefully, focussing on a similar ethos of integrity, creativity and humility. These exceptional products are only possible with the contribution of different creative perspectives, experience and passion. We are very proud of the three current projects below, all uniquely different, all with flowers and exquisite design at their heart.
EXCLUSIVE RANGE OF HAIR ACCESSORIES & BROOCHES FOR THE WORLD’S MOST PERSONAL LUXURY SHOPPING DESTINATION
We have supplied flowers to Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior and Hermès and now exclusively for MATCHESFASHION.com we have created our first hand crafted collection of hair accessories. Taking inspiration from our own floristry work and looking to centuries-old botanical illustrations housed in museum archives, we have developed a collection of wearable adornments. They are an extension of our handcrafted faux flowers and foliage – which are known for conveying a striking sense of realism. Our pieces are decorated with silk blossoms that recreate elements of an idyllic English garden: think dusky-pink and plum-coloured petals on hair clips and headbands.
THE V&A MUSEUM
FAUX FLOWER COLLABORATION WITH THE WORLD’S LEADING ART & DESIGN MUSEUM
The V&A has a comprehensive collection of botanical illustrations, some of them centuries old, housed in the archive and covering a wide variety of artistic styles, techniques and approaches. Inspired by the riches of the archive, we celebrate the beauty of the natural world with a new range of high quality flora and foliage.
The design process has taken just over a year, with a passionate team sharing ideas and knowledge. Combining the V&A's botanical illustrations with our experience of flowers and down to earth approach, the first collection includes a contrasting combination of wild meadow flowers and tropical stems, in light tones, and produced with an unbelievable sense of realism and detail.
THE NEW CRAFTSMEN
UNIQUE GLASSWARE FOR AN ORGANISATION WHO ARE SUCCESSFULLY REDEFINING THE VALUE OF CRAFT AND HERALDED AS LONDON’S BEACON OF CREATIVITY
Launching March 2019, the first in a series of expert partnerships masterminded by The New Craftsmen, bringing together masters of their craft to create exceptional products. The New Craftsmen asked us to work alongside glass artist Jochen Holz to create a series of unique and one-off vases, drawing on our experience with flowers and vegetation. The collection launches on 7th March, online and within the Central London showroom of The New Craftsmen.
THE NEW CRAFTSMEN - champions of craft and its makers, since 2012 they have injected energy and dynamism into the contemporary craft scene in the UK through their unique vision and approach to the commissioning, curation and sale of British craft. Their values of humanity, integrity and imagination have underpinned their mission to showcase exceptional work, support the growth and success of their makers, and forge distinctive partnerships that can help build a new appreciation of craft in the 21st century.
JOCHEN HOLZ - is an award-winning contemporary glass artist producing vibrant, organically shaped lampworked glassware and artworks. Jochen originally trained in lamp working in Germany before studying glass at Edinburgh College of Art and The RCA. After graduating in 2003 Jochen established his studio in East London. Jochen’s approach to design is guided by the lampworking process and the flowing forms of hot glass. Each piece is a one-off with a unique, spontaneous energy.
THE PROCESS - Jochen favours borosilicate glass due its resistance to heat and suitability for lampworking. Lampworking is a technique in which glass is heated using heat and torches, with Jochen being one of few makers practising the method in Britain.