Herringbone Table and Alice Tableware by Bethan Gray
Bethan Gray was named ‘Best British Designer’ in the Elle Decorations Awards in November and she gained further recognition for her Wallpaper* Handmade accessories collection Alice and the monochrome Herringbone Table.
The Table is made from carrara and maquina marble top cut into a herringbone pattern with a solid brass base, the Herringbone table features a distinctive zig-zag pattern running along the length of the table top.
The tableware collection consists of a cakestand, bowls, candleholder, trivet nest, chopping board and cheese dome, The glass section of the cheese dome was produced by Hertford-based glassblowers, Rothschild & Bickers, who hand-make unique pieces using age-old glassblowing techniques and traditional machinery.
Both the table and the tableware have been inspired by the black and white stone configurations found in historical buildings across Europe, from the ninth-century Amalfi Cathedral in Italy to the twentieth-century San Giovanni Battista in Mogno, Switzerland.
I’m really exploring geometric patterns. Perhaps all the patterns I have worked with over the years have been geometric and graphic, but I’m really enjoying deepening my use of them. The actual use is one of those things where it depends on the project – the churches [that inspired the Alice range] for instance: I’ve loved those churches for years, but it was only last year I had the opportunity to use that pattern. I’ve got lots of photographs from my travels – when you’re more relaxed, you’re more inspired. In a similar way you get your ideas in the shower, not when you’re thinking, ‘I’ve got to have an idea now…’
The brogue motif, I’ve used in quite a few things and studding will be used in a few designs I have coming up. Motifs I use will travel across other products as well.
Welsh born Bethan Gray is one of Britain’s most celebrated furniture designers best known for her liveable, honest and warm designs.
She first came to recognition when she was awarded the Habitat Innovation Award by Tom Dixon at New Designers in 1998 and has since won three Elle Decoration Design Awards. Working closely with Matthew Hilton during his residence at Habitat, Bethan was made Head of Furniture Design before setting up her own studio in 2008.
Most recently Bethan has established G&T – a collaboration with Thomas Turner. With a passion for the warmth of wood and leather, as well as the appeal of stone, Bethan is inspired by shape, texture and detail, and influenced by her travels and the everyday objects that that surround her.