AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — Little Owl Design is a studio founded by Bruce Wayland and Marcello De Simone in 2010. Their main areas of interest are ceramics, glass and wallpaper. Their “From a Different Cloth” series crosses over into a different discipline by combining ceramics with fabric. The pieces exhibited at Milan Design Week look at home both on a wall and on a table.
This is a variation on the studio’s “Altered Perspectives” series, which combined plates with paintings on canvas. The makers said, “For us, one of the most unexpected results of this process has been the way the structure of the plates is revealed by covering them with the canvas, and this inspired us to develop this idea further.” The theme is exploring the plate both as an item of utility, but also an artistic object in its own right.
The textures are so tactile, the colors so warm and inviting, the plates just beg to be touched. The casting preserves every thread and crease in the fabric, while the fine glaze applied to the finished works is safe for the dishwasher.
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