London-based designer Phil Cuttance has expanded his range of handmade herringbone-textured objects to include a tray, a vase, and a pen pot. Each of Cuttance’s objects is handmade from Jesmonite – a composite material that combines plaster and cement with water-based resin. To achieve a herringbone surface, the London-based designer made a set of patterned resin moulds. This pattern was first created on paper, before being projected onto a flat plastic sheet.
The plastic sheet is then cut and pleated according to the pattern – forming a flat mould that is then folded into the desired shape. Cuttance then manually shapes this casting into each of the objects’ individual forms. The final vases are cast in cement that has been coloured with pigments to create each of the seven different finishes. These include sage green, taupe, dark blue, brick red, white marble, grey marble, and granite.
Each piece is then given a laser-etched cork base, branded with the object’s name and number, emphasising their handmade quality. By making each object by hand, the designer hopes to set his pieces apart from the identical, mass-produced objects on the market.
Jesmonite – awarded Material of the Year at London’s 2017 Design Fair – has become increasingly popular with designers, including Zuza Mengham and YenChen YaWen Studio who have used it to make angular sculptures and vases that oxidise and change colour as they age.