Goop Pop-up Shop London featuring PINCH furniture
We were thrilled to be involved in the first ever bricks and mortar shop in Europe for lifestyle brand Goop, which launched at the end of September in Notting Hill. The stunning interiors were designed by Fran Hickman, who chose a variety of our designs to sit alongside textiles from Nest Design, with the space designed to combine Goop’s signature laid-back style with British craftsmanship.
With beautifully curated spaces for Beauty, Fashion and Home, the pop-up is a great representation of the Goop aesthetic of beautiful yet thoughtfully made products to live with. Our Creative Director and Co-founder Oona Bannon spoke to Goop about our furniture, the synergy between the two brands, and the Pop-up shop. To read the article in full please click here
PINCH new launches for London Design Festival 2018
As part of our activities for this year’s London Design Festival we launched two new pieces; the Angelo sofa, and a new series of our collectable Nim table; Nim Crystalline. Pimlico Road is now a designated design district participating in the festival. Throughout the week both new pieces were displayed at our Bourne Street shop and our new sofa was also presented at Decorex International, Syon Park, Chiswick. Both Angelo and Nim Crystalline represent our creative ambition and criteria in designing furniture and lighting that combine strong signature shape, beautiful materiality and expert making.
Introducing the third series of the Nim table, Nim Crystalline is limited to 50 numbered editions and represents our intent to create world class, truly unique pieces that revel in artistry and impressive making. An exploration of texture and mass form, the table is cast in Jesmonite and captures the movement, power, potential and beauty of the natural world expressed as a curious man made object. The result is a sculptural table with an impressive solidity, floating on a raised foot and featuring a recessed top.
In the 3rd series of the table; Nim Crystalline, we have developed a new warmer base colour whose intensity is enhanced with multiple colour washes to create depth and luminosity, before the final hand painted effect is applied conveying a sense of organic, lateral undulations. The table’s colour and texture journey across the piece, from its dark murky base through to the lightest of pink hues at the top, just as its rough eroded textured sides flow into a perfectly formed and smooth top. Generously scaled and monolithic in form, Nim Crystalline evokes a dramatic elegance, with a material texture that sits somewhere between natural stone and an otherworldly formation.
Despite this being a piece cast from a mould, Nim is very much a handmade object, requiring the skills of a talented craftsman to hand sculpt the first master before the mould is created. Each of the numbered editions are hand layered and hand painted. Nim Crystalline follows in the steps of the original and highly celebrated and innovative Nim Natural (editions sold through) and Nim Copper.
A sofa that spent over 12 months in development, Our Angelo is a sofa system offering extreme comfort. Inspired by Creative Director Oona Bannon’s eternal intention to spend more time sitting still, our challenge was to create an extremely comfortable sofa that can adapt to corner sections, whilst retaining the elegance and poise so closely attributed to our Pinch pieces. Angelo is for sitting, extremely comfortably, and for wanting to remain so. Performing as a sofa system, Angelo can be commissioned as variable compositional pieces that best suit our client’s social groupings and use of space. Configuration options are extensive, including ottomans and terminal sections.
Manufactured in the east of England, the sofa has a solid beech frame, sprung seat, a feather and natural material base cushion, and pure feather back cushions that deliver perfectly pitched neck and shoulder support. “In this addition to our sofa range, we wanted to marry many specifics, a sofa that works exquisitely as a linear piece, and that also offers flexibility to incorporate corner sections, but making sure those corner seats are just as comfortable. We wanted to bring our studio aesthetic of relaxed elegance and refined simplicity to this new piece.” says designer Russell Pinch. The Angelo sofa is a perfect PINCH piece, encapsulating enduring classic style, rendered modern with an architectural and elegant rigor.
Messums Wiltshire – Material Wood Exhibition
We were delighted to be asked by Johnathan Messum, of Messums Wiltshire to take part in their exhibition, Material: Wood - Art & Design. The fantastic exhibition is part of an annual program of exhibitions, festivals and hands-on making experiences. Set in a stunning 13th Century wooden barn, the Material Wood exhibition fits perfectly with its surroundings and includes works by Thomas Heatherwick, Sebastian Cox and Christopher Kurtz.
Johnathan explains the concept behind the exhibition; “At a time when our outlook is increasingly shaped by the information of digital media, the value of the handmade is more important than ever. Our programme illustrates that there is an underutilised means of expression in the process of making, one that connects both viewer and creator. This comprehension can be a vital part in encouraging us to look through objects to the person behind the work. Ultimately, it is our contention that art binds people to people, not people to objects.”
The exhibition features our Twig vertical 1350, a design that requires a lengthy and skilful hand making process. The twig range is made from coppicing Hazel, which requires taking branches off living trees, making it an environmentally sustainable way of using wood. Working with wood has always been a pleasure for us; we have celebrated its strength, tactility, warmth and character, which is epitomised in our Twig range.
Panerai Challenger Award - Trophy design
We occasionally receive requests to design pieces other than furniture, and this year whilst exhibiting in Milan Furniture Fair, we were approached to be involved in a very special project. The Panerai challenger Trophy is an award presented to a young individual who has overcome personal challenge to make a great contribution to the sailing community. Presented during Panerai British Classic Week in Cowes, the award was a wonderful design brief to receive as Russell explains; “Usually we’re obsessed with making sure a piece is functional. The beauty of a trophy is there’s very little function, so it’s like a piece of art.”
Russell’s inspiration came from the elegant 1930’s yacht Eilean that watch makers Panerai, who sponsored the awards, have restored to its former glory. Russell’s design is based on the cross section of a yacht hull, and is made in cherry wood. Russell began sketching ideas and quickly moved onto prototype models, before our workshop crafted the final version. Presented in July to the well deserving recipient, Russell described designing the award “The moment we hand it over, it is no longer about the design, it’s about the winner and that’s quite lovely”.
PINCH Shop: Agnieszka Katz Barlow Exhibition
We are very excited to be presenting the work of Agnieska Katz Barlow alongside our furniture and lighting at our Bourne Street Shop. We have known Agnieska personally for more than 7 years, and have collected some of her work for our own home. Her bond and bravery when working with colour, and the character and freedom of her markings, pair so richly with our own obsession with purity and materiality, the key definers of our studio’s collection, that we invited her to bring the work into No. 46.
Polish-Swedish artist Agnieszka Katz Barlow was born in Krakow, Poland, grew up in Uppsala, Sweden, and lives and works in London. She received an MFA from Slade School of Art, London in 2015. She has exhibited in London, Berlin and Poland - most recently at the 31 C, ASC gallery curated by Paul Carey-Kent, APT gallery selected by Alison Wilding. She was awarded the Barto dos Santos memorial award in 2015. Her work is held in private collections in the UK and the US.
This collection of 8 paintings will be on show for sale in our shop until August 13th, and marks the first of a select number of exhibitions we plan over the next year, where we pair art and photography with our own collection. Our shop is not simply about access to purchase, we desire of it to feed our own creativity, and to inspire those who pass by. Agnieska’s work harmoniously brings to life our own values and instincts in making pieces which afford dimensional, interesting and dynamic spaces. For more information on the artist or to enquire about a painting in particular, please email firstname.lastname@example.org