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18th-27th August 2018



Laurent Peacock Design

Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design

 

18th - 27th August 2018

 


Laurent Peacock is an award-winning contemporary furniture designer and maker based near London. He has a fascination with materials and his work combines these in ways which trigger associations, evoke emotion and elicit surprise. 

Having been intrigued by Laurent’s use of peppercorns in his recent work we spoke with him to gain a little more insight into his work…..

What is it that drives you and your designs?

“Inspiration comes in many guises, but I find it useful to have a jumping-off point. Sometimes this is conceptual, sometimes simply looking for a way to exploit a material or technique provides plenty of design cues. Overall, I seek to infuse my pieces with a mixture of traditional and innovative techniques, materials or forms. That may mean introducing something totally new, or it may simply mean applying something we're familiar with in an unfamiliar way.”


Detail of 'Carré' presentation board

Talk to us about peppercorns!

“Sometimes my creative starting points emerge from play and experimentation; a kind of "what would happen if..." approach. This was the case with the tactile, abstract-patterned Piper peppercorn resin surfaces which piqued a lot of interest at New Designers this year. The collection was well received, but most surprising was the range of applications being suggested for the surface material itself. I now have a lot of interesting peppery opportunities to explore.”


‘Piper’ range on display at New Designers

Despite only completing your training with Marc Fish last year, you have already got an impressive collection of work under your belt.  Which piece are you personally most proud of and why?

“That’s difficult, as I have a very different relationship with each of my pieces. I think the Sika console table is the one I’m most proud of, because not only was it my first significant piece but also the one I achieved my Guild Mark for. This very early external recognition of my work gave me much-needed belief in my abilities to work to the highest standards and inspired the confidence to grab new opportunities as they arose.”


‘Sika’ Console Table

You’re clearly very experimental in your design development, what is next on the drawing board to be realised?

“It’s crucial that I feel like I’m always learning, so experimentation is a big part of what I do, as is working with new materials and processes. I’m currently working on designs for two private commissions and exploring an interesting longer-term collaboration with a commercial client in the audio world. Alongside this, I aim to expand the Piper collection for batch production and to offer the surface itself to architects and interior designers.”

What are you most looking forward to about exhibiting at CCD this year?

“I’ve visited CCD a couple of times in the past and have been impressed by the breadth of makers and styles on show. This is my first time exhibiting, so I’m really looking forward to meeting many of my peers whose work I’m familiar with but whom I’ve not yet met. It’s always inspiring to be surrounded by, and to have the chance to fully appreciate, the many different approaches to our discipline.”

 

‘Anta’ table detail

 

 

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