Homeware Brand Alert : Kate Bondthis week we meet Bond...Kate Bond.
Welcome to our fourth edition of the ‘Homeware Brand Alert’ feature. Our fortnightly instalment where we talk to our new favourite homeware company that we think represents great design at affordable prices – and to make it even better we team up with them to get you exclusive discounts, read on to claim your 15% discount code…
…This week we speak to Kate, whose interest in the design of intricate patterns is clearly visible through her stunning handmade homeware range. Super talented Kate completed an MA in Fashion & Textiles with distinction (no surprise) and worked alongside Cement Pleating, London, to understand the highly skilled processes of fabric pleating used in fashion and interiors. Definitely a brand to watch, we love her stuff and hope you will too!
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What is the concept of your store?
Kate Bond offers a range of digitally-printed fabrics, products and surface print designs. Cutting-edge technology transfers delicate hand-drawn and pleated artwork onto high quality fabric, cushions and lampshades. They are available to purchase through a select range of outlets and can be order online. Kate also takes commissions from interior brands, print studios and for commercial projects; most recently Nina Campbell and Willis Newson.
What’s the most popular product in your store?
The most popular item sold online has got to be the Pleated Brushmark lampshade. The print co-ordinates with many interiors – it is a versatile statement piece, yet it still resonates simplicity, minimalism and calmness.
What’s a key process behind designing items for your shop?
Aesthetically my print designs adhere to the philosophy previously mentioned – hand drawn florals, combined with printed pleated surfaces, and although the prints are digitally printed, I am keen that the prints don’t look too digital (if that makes sense?). Gradually I am expanding the products range after extensive prototyping, then hopefully later in the year I will launch a range of fashion accessories. When designing I like to think my prints could be applied to a range of lifestyle products.
If you could only own one homeware item, what would it be?
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Where do you find your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from a range of sources. I love to photograph and draw floral compositions. I have a wonderful local florist, Myrtle Mee, who also supplies me with a beautiful range of foliage and flowers to do so. I always visit Hampton Court Flower Show and am an avid gardener. In contrast I love pleating and folding paper. In fact, whilst studying for my MA at Bath Spa University I interned at Ciment Pleating in Potters Barr. Ciment pleats a range of materials for fashion and interior designers, milliners and costume manufacturers. This fuelled my passion to experiment with the range of pleats that I have digitised for each of my collections. I am inspired by minimalist interiors, Scandinavian Design and Japanese florals.
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