Clean lines and silhouetted designs give Ara mirrors their contemporary look and timeless feel. They are inspired by over one hundred years of mirrors and hand mirror styles. Made from acrylic they are surprisingly light and are hung from a delicate brass chain. They sit beautifully on their own, in a small cluster or as the whole collection. This full collection is also stocked by Liberty.
Alloy pays homage to traditional silversmithing, the coaster inspired by the Scottish Quaich, a cup symbolic of friendship which would be shared in the celebration of a guest’s arrival or departure; it was also traditionally used for whisky and brandy. Alloy’s combination of a faceted silhouettes its visual and physical lightness and strength of material give this piece its modern look and intriguing nature.
Material: 1mm Powder Coated Steel
Colours: Comes as a set in any combination of Black & White.
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The 2 Willow Road residency programme showcases the work of contemporary London artists and designers who continue to be influenced by Ernö Goldfinger’s vision for the future. As well as a design for modernist living and family home, the house was a forum for artistic and political debates, some of which are as relevant today as they were in 1942 when the Goldfingers opened their home every day for a month to raise money to be sent as aid to Russia to support its fight against Fascism. Charging an entry fee of one shilling, the Goldfingers displayed and sold art works by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Roland Penrose, Ben Nicholson, Paul Klee, Max Ernst and Picasso – many of whom were friends and spent time at the house. Bow Arts and the National Trust
Bow Arts has been providing emerging and established artist talent for the 2 Willow Road artist residency since 2012. Bow Arts has a flair for finding extraordinary people to work in extraordinary places, epitomised by the Simon Terrill’s Balfron photography project in 2010. The relationship between Bow Arts and the National Trust was cemented in 2014 at Balfron Tower, for a season of artist events, open studios, guided tours and artist residencies brought a huge national audience to the east London Goldfinger masterpiece. The creative association continues in 2015 through the introduction of Haidée Drew to 2 Willow Road.
Haidée Drew is an established designer creating interior accessories that have a visual dialogue with the past, with inspiration often taken from historical collections to create functional design with a sense of nostalgia, whilst retaining a strong contemporary aesthetic and timeless feel. Haidée sells her ranges internationally and has worked with many architects and interior designers to create bespoke pieces. In 2014 she claimed further recognition with her award winning vases for Sir John Soane’s Museum.
During her residency at Willow Road, Haidée plans to create a collection of new 'design objects' inspired by the architecture of the house and its rich collections of art and objects. The exhibition will evolve over the duration of the residency, initially with work in progress and showcasing ‘Balfron Box’ created while at her residency in Balfron Tower during the Balfron Season, and ‘Box Factories’ a Homage to Hackney Wick the designers former home. The exhibition will be updated regularly with the final collection to be revealed in September 2015.
Digital Soane, was a competition organised in collaboration with the Royal College of Art Sir John Soane's Museum with the support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. In March 2014, the bust of Sir John Soane, which sits centre stage in the Museum’s Dome Area, was 3D scanned and digitally shattered. The fragmented pieces were then used as the starting point for a new object created by RCA Jewellery & Metal graduates.
Haidée's winning ‘Collar’ Vase dramatically contrasts between the flowing organic replica of the fragment, and the angular facades that attribute its function. The piece has retained the feeling of a fragment or a slice of the bust; this with the combination of the naturalistic white marble material will give the impression that you actually have a piece of Sir John Soane’s bust on your mantelpiece. The vase has been designed to hold one large flower or a small flower arrangement, The lean of the vase assists in the arrangement. Haidée has developed two more vases for Sir John Soane's Museum. They are aptly names 'Brow' Vase and 'Drape' Vase and were developed from selected fragments and cast in Marble and granite jesmonite.
A collection of multi functional design objects that are inspired by Ernȍ Goldfingers modernist home in Hampstead Heath. They pay homage to his ethos, his architecture and his private art and object collections in the house. This project was a design residency with The National Trust and Bow Arts from February to October 2015.
The objects, sculptures in their own right have been designed to create intrigue and encourage interaction, Such as a brutalist inspired candle holder that takes three different size candles, A very heavy desk tidy that tessellates into what seems like endless combinations and finally a jewellery box that when opened the highly polished copper lid then becomes a mirror held at the perfect angle by its hand turned oak container.
Desk Tidy 'Ernȍ'
Sand Cast Bronze.
The tessellating desk tidy on first glance appears to be a modernist looking sculpture, the symbols of a circle within a square appears throughout the artwork in the house. However as soon as you start interacting with the pieces its function becomes evident with each configuration
Candle Holder 'Balfron'
Sand Cast Iron, Concrete based jesmonite.
These stack-able candle holders are like mini brutalist water towers. The modernist symbols of circles and crosses are also influenced by the artwork and found objects within the house. The iron and concrete parts can be used either way up, stacked on top of each other or separately to hold three different sizes of candle.
Jewellery Box 'Ursula'
Hand pierced Copper, Turned Oak .
The jewellery box when closed creates intrigue to its function and contents. The cut in the side and the hole in the copper allows you to instinctively want to interact with it and understand its function. When the lid is removed it can be held upright by the cut in the side of the bowl to create a perfectly angled mirror. Oak is used throughout the house, and though I would have liked to use brass as the mirror, copper felt more natural as traditionally this is the original material used for mirrors.
A homage to east London architecture, significant buildings with their own personal history, recreated with function and created from birch ply and acrylic. Balfron BOX is a contemporary version of a Victorian Fern Case, inspired by Haidee's residency in the listed Brutalist Tower. After the great exhibition of 1851 Fern cases and Terrariums becameimmensely popular, Ferns and then orchids were displayed in people homes as a show of opulence. BALFRON BOX pays homage to this time and to Erno Goldfinger the architect of the iconic Building in Poplar.
BOX Factories is a collection of boxes that pay homage to the historical warehouses and wharf's of Hackney Wick on the edge of the Olympic Park. They were originally shown at Hackney Wicked Art Festival at Vittoria Wharf Studios. And then again at the Victoria & Albert Museum takeover. Each building has a unique history, from war tales of boxing gas masks to the labyrinths of artist studios that are there today. The boxes have since been featured in Elle Decoration and Homes & Gardens, and have brought about many bespoke commissions.
Handled chopping boards are inspired by the v&a’s silver galleries. The sustainably manufactured bamboo allows for this intricate design and strength. The handles based on traditional silverware give a sense of luxury and an additional function when handling the boards. This collection is available in five styles, with the angles fit together to make a set.
Material: Staved Bamboo 20mm
Colours: Natural Caramel, there will always be slight variations in colour with natural materials.
Two tone dodecagon mirrors in silver and gold acrylic are adjustable and joined by a single length of brass chain. The geometric mirrors can be displayed at many different heights and configurations and hung by one point or two. Duo has a modern aesthetic with subtle Art Deco influences.
Material: MDF & Mirrored Acrylic, brass chain.
Colours: Silver & Gold Mirror,
Elegant and versatile, Tapa tableware allows food to be shared and enjoyed from every angle. The tessellating forms stack together to make even the most adventurous dining effortless. At every stage of the design process, attention to detail has resulted in a sculptural balance of curves and linear forms, resulting in a range that respond to each other individually and as a collection in any number of multiples.
Inspired by Victoriana and brought right up to date with reduced geometric lines, faceted forms and a monochrome palette offset with stripped-back wood. This collection has a strong contemporary aesthetic and a simply decadent feel. The mirrors come in five different styles, their names pay homage to old English gentlemen’s names with little references to Londons East end and of course Victoria and Albert.
Materials: Mirrored Acrylic, Birch Ply
Colours: All mirrors vailable in Black Stain, White Stain & Natural
JoJo wall hooks are an elegant and functional and humerous take on the popular 1930's kitsch three flying ducks. Made from porcelain these wall hooks are incredibly strong. The hooks have been developed by slip casting porcelain using a two part mould.
Moor is a collection of vessels that have been developed by coiling various thicknesses of rope. A four part plaster mould was then made and slip cast in porcelain, each one left with its unique imprint.
exclusive mirrors she created for for Not Another Bill.
There were two designs created for their male and female monthly subscribers; a more feminine art deco inspired mirror, then for the gentleman a more manly heraldic crest. All ideal to hang in a bathroom or corridor from their brass chain.