Smith&Brown have worked closely with a number of clients to interpret their ideas into digitally printed bone china collections: from luxury brands and restaurants to individual designers and chefs.
Milton Keynes Arts Centre - Artists’ Plates
The annual auction of artist’s plates at Milton Keynes Arts Centre raises funds for their community projects. Smith&Brown have worked closely with MKAC over the last 3 years to offer many artists, such as Cornelia Parker, Jeremy Deller and David Batchelor, the unique potential to make work using our digital ceramic print technology.
MKAC Director, Emma-Jayne Taylor, commented that the pieces produced through Smith&Brown’s studio are ‘very successful artworks in their own right that have been developed through the medium rather than being mere reproductions.’ The potential of working closely with our studio and developing work through the medium of printed ceramic has attracted a number of artists from MKAC’s auction to continue to work with us at Smith&Brown.
Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Boyd & Evans
Santorus Ltd - Luxury Brand
Santorus is a luxury design house aiming to “inject flamboyant imagery with hedonistic indulgence to create wild and exuberant collections of bold fashion, interiors and lifestyle accessories”. With exotic, vibrant designs printed onto rich materials such as silk, velvet and fine wallpapers, Santorus were keen to explore printing their designs onto Bone China, to extend their range of luxury interior objects.
Smith&Brown worked closely with Santorus co-founders Tara Strickland and Fabian Santoro to develop approaches to realize their extraordinary imagery onto ceramics. Limited edition sets of three of their collections, Cygnus, Ceylon & Cirque were put into production and launched at Heimtextil Frankfurt and Decorex London in Autumn 2017.
Queensberry Hunt are specialists in the design of ceramics, tableware and household products; and are amongst the most experienced designers in Europe in this field. At Ambiente 2018, Queensberry Hunt showed new decoration ‘Shadows’ for Monno, on their new fine bone china. This distinctive surface design has been made possible to produce via new digital printing techniques developed by Smith&Brown.
Fenchurch Street Restaurant
Smith&Brown have developed concepts, prototypes and special pieces commissioned by Fenchurch Street Restaurant, which takes its name from the unique London skyscraper nicknamed ‘The Walkie-Talkie’. The restaurant offers a refined dining experience, sitting at the very top of the 38-storey building, amidst 3 storeys of the exquisitely landscaped ‘Sky Garden’.
VIVI Restaurant @ Centre Point
VIVI is a new Restaurant concept developed for the refurbishment of the iconic Centre Point building in London. Smith&Brown were commissioned to create a number of designs and prototypes, which reflect the character of the Restaurant, with the aim to produce a set of distinctive pieces for afternoon tea.
Katie Bunnell is a ceramist who has worked with digital print as a researcher and designer since its inception. Katie has been working with the new innovations of Smith&Brown’s technology in order to continue to develop her particular design aesthetic. Operating out of Cornwall, her latest work the ‘Captured Collection’ is a bespoke series of plates and bowls commissioned by jeweller Mirri Damer, which was developed from photographs taken in Zambia.
These designs feature large areas of bold, flat colour, a quality that often presents problems when using digital printing. However, with our new developments we were able to work through difficult technical issues with Katie to achieve her desired image.