The Crafts Council will take Lubna Chowdhary and nine other UK-based contemporary craft practices to the third edition of the Middle East’s principal design fair, Design Days Dubai, from 17-21 March 2014. ¶ Design Days Dubai is the first fair in the Middle East and South Asia dedicated to collectible and limited edition furniture and design objects. Their goal is to present, both regionally and internationally, the best of design, to collectors and a wide audience of design enthusiasts.
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Design Days Dubai
Eight colourways for Margaret Howell
Eight tile colourways specially created for Margaret Howell stores in Japan.
Walnut hotplates for Margaret Howell
Margaret Howell commissioned a series of 30 walnut wood and ceramic hotplates in specific colourways for her Japanese stores. The hotplates are designed for table top use by Lubna Chowdhary and each ceramic insert is individually hand painted with glaze. ¶ Dimensions 30cm x 18cm x 2cm each.
Margaret Howell calendar, 2014
Lubna Chowdhary's studio, designed by David Adjaye in 2004, has been photographed for Margaret Howell's 2014 calender, proceeds of which are donated to the London Open House Charity. ¶ The studio was included in the London Open House event in 2004 and is featured in Houses : David Adjaye, published by Thames and Hudson.
Collaboration with West Elm
Lubna Chowdhary's collaboration with the American furniture company West Elm is now available in their stores. Custom designed tile compositions have been applied to a capsule collection of furniture and lighting. West Elm will open their first UK store in London in November.
Andy Martin Architects designed and commissioned hand made ceramic tiles for the new Olivogelo icecream parlour in London. The five tile types were prototyped and 450 tiles were produced by slip casting. Each tile is 200 x 200mm and a number were then hand glazed with coloured glaze to represent particular icecream flavours.
Emery & Cie zelliges
Belgian architect and colourist Agnes Emery has commissioned these Moroccan zelliges which are hand painted in glazes of blues and greens. They are available in selected colour palettes from her stores in Paris, Antwerp and Brussels.
This project for Clerkenwell Design Week will take the form of ten large crafted tables which carry a host of associations. Elementary materials and traditional techniques are juxtaposed with complex contemporary technology to create surfaces with a range of applications. The handmade is brought together with the ready made in the designs which interweave ceramics and the drawn line with function. ¶ The project is sponsored by Domus Tiles and Southside Waterjet and will be sited in Chaterhouse Square, Clerkenwell from the 21st to 23rd May.
This sculptural Gyro tile panel was commissioned during the December Open Studio. It was a welcome and rare opportunity to spend time working on the wheel during the recent snowfall. The tiles are each hand thrown and no two are alike. Made in three modular sizes, the relief tiles will be framed by simple flat handmade tiles and finally glazed with an acid yellow glaze. Photographs of the completed piece to follow.
Dulux Let's Colour Awards 2013
Lubna Chowdhary has been shortlisted for the Dulux Let's Colour Awards 2013. Nominated by Paul Simmons, co-founder of Timorous Beasties, for Colour Innovation in Technology and Design, the awards "celebrate creativity in colour and acknowledge the people and products which make our lives a better experience".