“There’s been a real sense of freedom with this project which I have really embraced. Paul has allowed us to just really go with it, pushing ourselves in different ways throughout the creative process by creating different iterations of our signature lamps as well as experimenting with different forms of furniture and sculptural pieces. What I’m trying to do with the sculptural work is to test myself with each piece, trialling different techniques and executions, different ways of putting designs together with the final result still being reflective of my handwriting.” - Henry
For this project, Henry is working with an impressive seven individual colours – inspired by the palette of Paul Smith’s iconic Signature Stripe – and it is the first time he is hand-dyeing the clay. The result is a selection of limited edition pieces that are truly unique, with each edition featuring one-off variations.
Alongside tableware and objets, the exclusive selection will also include lighting and sculptural pieces that Henry has been developing for the last six months at his Hackney studio. The centrepiece of the collection is an oversized Memphis-style floor lamp – standing at three metres tall – constructed of handmade stacked ceramic spheres.
To underline the importance of traditional crafts and the sculptural nature of the ceramics, the pieces are displayed in the context of a selection of antique and vintage furniture sourced from the London-based dealer H. Blairman & Sons as well as a well-loved workman’s bench from Paul’s personal collection. Take a closer look at the exhibition here.
You can view & buy the full Henry Holland Studio x Paul Smith collection here via paulsmith.com
'Nobody Cares How Good You Used To Be'
The Exhibition by Henry Holland Studio x Paul Smith
12 May - 2 July 2023
Paul Smith, No.9 Albermarle Street, London W1S 4BL