Design through time: a show of ’Humble’ tables and marble cuffs at Rose Uniacke
A love of craftsmanship and manufacturing techniques originally brought interiors designer Rose Uniacke and jewellery maker Stephanie Simon together. Uniacke’s delightful Pimlico shop recently became the discreet background for a show of 'Humble' tables and marble cuffs, pieces that contrast greatly in scale, technique and material, but whose underlying concept found a common ground in exceptional artisan sophistication.
Uniacke’s collection of late 19th century and early 20th century wooden ‘Humble’ tables was inspired by two images of late 18th century rural life found at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The two pictures, a print by George Morland and a painting by William Redmore Bigg show the rural interiors of English cottages. Both images feature a ‘Cricket’ table, a basic wooden tripod style. An early example of domestic design as we know it, ‘they are humble yet undeniably beautiful or so rough, ready and functional that they cannot fail to talk to our current aesthetic’, says Uniacke. The designer and collector gathered a magnificent selection of vernacular furniture, shown at her shop in its raw, worn beauty.
The same honest design is found in Simon’s marble cuffs: exquisitely crafted out of black Belgian, White Carrara and Calacatta marbles, the sculptural pieces are enriched with subtle gold and diamond touches. Working with Italian specialist marble sculptors and developing her designs over two years, Simon has given a new life to the material and enhanced its precious, opulent aspects in this simple gesture.
Seen side by side, the two projects speak loudly of the imaginative power of design through time, and a limitless ingenuity that transcends materials and techniques.
76–84 Pimlico Road
London, SW1W 8PL
Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.
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