Today we would like to present the Herringbone Objects, a recent work by London-based designer Phil Cuttance. The collection is entirely created with eco-friendly jesmonite, the composite material made of acrylic resin and gypsum that we previously presented on the blog (forecasting to be the new must-know material in interior design) and that was awarded Material of the Year at London’s 2017 Design Fair.
Invented by Cuttance himself, the process behind this production takes advantage of the intrinsic chameleonic quality of jesmonite, such as its adaptability and its capability of replicating the appearance and texture of any surface finish in any number of colours.
Martina Lang Photography
Although their sculptural textured appearance is often assumed to be made by 3D printing or CNC processes, the Herringbone Objects are entirely handmade.
After creating a paper pattern, Cuttance cuts and pleads by hand a flat sheet that will be used to make the herringbone-shaped relief. Afterwards, resin is cast into the patterned mold and manipulated by hand into the final 3D form of the piece. This is the final mold from which the object is eventually cast. As a consequence, each jesmonite piece reveals small imperfections on its surfaces that affirm their artisanal quality, confirmed by the unique production number branded onto a non-scratched cork base.
As stated by Cuttance, he aims to set his objects apart from the modern, mass-production market. Also, he intends to encourage the confusion of how we perceive his work: the intricate, beautifully detailed surfaces appears to be the result of the perfection of mechanical and 3d printing technologies but, by closer inspection, they reveal their craft origin and value.
The range includes smaller and larger vases as well as trays and pen pots, all available in contemporary colors like sage green, taupe, dark blue, brick red, white marble, grey marble, and granite and are available at his website.