Nicky discovers designer Malgorzata Bany
Bany produces lighting and furniture using Jesmonite, a durable man made material produced with a mineral base and water-based acrylic resin. At The New Craftsman she is showing three side tables, a low table, a console table and two different types of lamps in two finishes. These pieces are complemented by a selection of accessories including bowls, platters and vases, in a natural-looking brown that resembles polished wood and plaster-toned beige.
The objects are presented as a curated room set, alongside Bany’s pick of items from The New Craftsman collection.
The pieces have a plaster-like finish, but are stronger than works made in plaster and are cool to the touch like stone. The material can also be cast to resemble wood, stone or other materials.
Bany began working with jesmonite on the recommendation of her former tutor when a plaster piece broke.
“It looks similar but you can do so many more things with it. You can laminate it, it’s more flexible, it pigments very well. It’s better than plaster for many things.”
Bany’s relationship with The New Craftsmen, a retail space set up six years ago to nurture and promote British craft and its makers, began in 2015 when she first sold a collection of furniture through the Mayfair store.
“She applies the same consideration to simple domestic objects as she does to monumental sculptural furniture and, in doing so, creates moments of ritual and serenity in the everyday,” Natalie Melton, co-founder of The New Craftsmen.
The designer has a manufacturer who helps her by making the larger pieces, but she makes the smaller accessories herself, as well as bespoke items.
“Every piece is always going to be different. Because I’m not sculpting the object but rather the mould, it has to be very intuitive. It’s a bit of guesswork,”
For this exhibition, Malgorzata has created a new capsule collection of table lights in two organic shapes that resemble small hills, one rounded, the other flatter, which are paired with delicate tall paper shades. Thin metal stems connect the two.
“If you consider that a table needs something flat, or a bowl needs something concave, starting from these principles you can build on top of that. Sometimes thinking this way around is more interesting.”
Malgorzata’s exhibition at The New Craftsmen (location here) continues until the 14 October 2018.
Images c/o Dezeen & The New Craftsman
October 2018 Nicky’s World