Trend: Autumnal Tabletop

Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Go minimalistic with rustic monochrome, a tabletop that takes after one of my favourite Scandi trends - concrete. Most suited for those cool, grey and knitted interiors, these ceramics let texture do the talking and decorate a neutral home with a coarse contrast, similar to the outdoor grainy textures that are most prominent in the colder months. Metallic details are also an emerging trend, Naomi Gration interprets the characteristics of concrete with dramatic brush strokes highlighted with a slight shine.

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A constantly evolving trend is the influx of dipped homewares: ceramics, textiles, kitchenware and table legs, you name it, it's been dipped. So I love that this once colour focused trend has advanced into a textural direction with a glaze dip. Matte and gloss are an abrupt combination offering a real Autumnal essential. I was recently tempted by the Agnus glaze dip mug from Habitat (top right, zoom), the silky interior is luxurious against the sandy textured base and feels completely handcrafted. Brookyln ceramicist Helen Levi takes a different approach and instead of dipping ceramics, she combines two opposing materials on the pottery wheel to create a gradual merge and ultimately a completely natural reactive pattern. I also like the spontaneous appeal of her glazed pieces, featuring ink washed dips for an artisanal, crafted feel.

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Traditional Japanese pottery has inspired the return of speckled earthenware and splattered ceramics. Updated with a contemporary application, this handmade approach combines earthy browns and neutral pastels for minimalistic pieces that punctuate a basic interior.

Ceramicists featured

- Julian Stair 
- Elephant Ceramics
- Takashi Endo
- Naomi Gration
- Yumiko Iihoshi
- Avesha Michael 
- Vitrified Studio 
- BTW Ceramics 
- Otis & Otto 
- Helen Levi 
- Herriot Grace 

1 comment:

  1. These are all so lovely! I especially like the glazed spoons.


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