Jesmonite named ‘Material of the Year’ at London Design Fair 2017
02 Sep 2017
by The Jesmonite Team
The 2017 London Design Fair aims to introduce the most interesting and boundary-pushing materials and processes at play in the modern design world. This year Jesmonite has been named London Design Fair’s Material of the Year. A number of Jesmonite surface designers will be showcasing how the ultimate chameleon material can replicate virtually any surface, shape, colour, or texture which gives designers freedom to create their concepts without limitation. “We saw lots of products in 2015 and 2016 which we really liked and were particularly intrigued by. We presumed that they were ceramics that had taken on colour amazingly well but, when we scratched the surface, we discovered that they were made from Jesmonite. We didn’t know anything about the material and we wanted to find out more. There is nothing that really inspires a designer more than a new material to play with and Jesmonite is the ultimate exploration. Too few people know what it is, who is using it, and what it enables designers to achieve. You can make anything using Jesmonite. ”Jimmy McDonald, Founder and Director, London Design FairOne of the designers who has wholeheartedly embraced Jesmonite is Ariane Prin, founder of PRIN London, who was invited to create the site-specific Rustiles installation at the heart of the ‘Material of the Year’ showcase. Working with masters created by PRIN London, Jesmonite-casting specialist Feathercast Limited developed tile moulds that allow the Jesmonite mix to set into tiles, each of which will be unique. The tiles will be used to create a distinctive mosaic of colour and texture that visitors to London Design Fair will be able to enter and explore. Complementing Rustiles, a variety of other Jesmonite objects and products will be on show, including work by 2017 rising talent Zuza Mengham and surface designer Katie Gillies. In its entirety, the showcase offers the London Design Fair audience an eye-opening insight into one of the most promising materials that today’s designers have at their disposal, and sets the bar high for future Material of the Year exhibitions.