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WIRED December Feature

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The real draw here is the Bodo Sperlein-designed sculptural stand
— Chris Haslam, WIRED
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Our latest BILD 9 design for Loewe has been featured in WIRED magazine's December issue. The TV and speakers will be available to buy in Spring 2017.

Wallpaper December Feature

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Pleased to see our latest designs for Loewe, Bild and Klang 9, recently featured in Wallpaper* magazine's December issue. The TV and speakers will be on sale in Spring 2017.

Fine Bone China

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Bodo Sperlein has long been an advocate of Bone China, our collections bring a contemporary narrative to a quintessentially British material. From our signature White Sculptural collection handmade to in Stoke-on-Trent to our playful Nikko ranges, our Bone China tableware demonstrates the boundless possibilities of Bone China. 

Traditionally Bone China is celebrated for its suitability for decoration. The translucency of its white body allows for a true representation of colour, whether applied through an enamel, glaze or underglaze.

 
 

The clarity and intensity of colour that Bone China offers is demonstrated in a number of our own collections, notably our Cloud and Macaroon collections.


The formula of Bone China as we traditionally understand it was developed by Josiah Spode in 1796.

Recognised as a new variety of porcelain, Bone China is fired between from 1200 degrees (c) to as high as 1300 degrees (c). It is this high-firing that demonstrates the strength and durability of this versatile material. 

Known for its speedy casting time, it is little surprise that Bone China became the leading body for English manufacturers. As England gained global recognition as the only country to manufacture this unique form of porcelain, its popularity grew internationally.

Proclaimed for its luxurious qualities, Bone China has long been acknowledged as a superior material for tableware and its global popularity remains.

Bone China, or Fine China as it is more commonly known as nowadays, due to the replacement of bone ash with the mixture of a calcium phosphate and calcium oxide, is recognised for its delicate properties and notably for its historical reputation for tea drinking.

It is the historical narrative of this distinguished material that appealed to Bodo himself when he first established his design studio/set out as a designer. 

From turn of the century Japanese brand Nikko to European manufacturers such as Dibbern, its unique qualities remain to be a popular choice for chefs, restaurateurs and everyday home dining.

Bone China’s versatile characteristics are also utilised in more experimental firing methods such as Raku as well as being revered by a number of ceramic installation artists.

As Bone China is less plastic than a lot of ceramic bodies, great care has to be taken when it is hand modelled or cast at its malleable greenware stage, and in its leather hard (dried but before its first firing) state. An extremely even heat distribution is required during its bisque (first) firing, if the kiln temperature goes slightly over than the pieces can deform. 

To prevent further movement in the kiln, each individual piece has supports. The beautiful bone china products that have been made over the centuries to date are testament to the meticulous craftsmanship skills and attention to detail of those who work with this material. 

Its translucency is distinctly accentuated in our Nikko Blossom lighting, for more information about this product please contact us directly. 


Credits:

Micheal Donath

The Hadron

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The Hadron light is a contemporary interpretation of the graceful designs produced during the Art Nouveau movement. Drawing inspiration from both organic and geometric forms, the Hadron unites angular contours with fluent natural forms. 

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The gradual curvature of the Hadron draws attention to the seamless combination of opaque acrylic with a reflective silver colour or brushed brass finish. With concentrated light cascading and diffusing downwards, highlighting the distinctive characteristics that LED light offers. As the Hadron is dimmable, you control the level of diffused warmth the Hadron displays.

 

Photography by Ana Santl

Having pushed the conventional use of LED light, the Hadron has gone through two years of refinement. The design is a unique exercise in producing an elegant focal piece of sculptural lighting. 

 

Incorporating three uniquely developed interchangeable arms, the Hadron allows you to interact directly with the design, adapting the light to its surroundings. 

The Hadron has a striking presence when both illuminated and turned off, a distinguished centrepiece for any modern or traditional interior. 

 

 

Photography by Matteo Manduzio

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Photography by Matteo Manduzio

 

Bodo Sperlein X Loewe IFA

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To introduce Loewe’s new visual narrative, as creative director Bodo Sperlein worked closely with the Spanish creative agency, Culde Sac to devise the design of Loewe’s space at IFA. 

 

"Loewe introduces a new design language. The future of Home Entertainment is about interior design."

- Bodo Sperlein Creative Director for Loewe


As Europe’s leading technology exhibition, IFA was the perfect opportunity to showcase the new brand direction for Loewe including Bild 7 and Bild 9 collections. Bodo and Culde Sac’s vision for Loewe’s stand design was to enable viewers to experience Loewe’s technology within the context of a home interior, providing a multifaceted user experience.

Rhythmic wooden panels enabled a playful insight into Loewe’s space, providing a discreet division between Loewe’s stand and the surrounding exhibition space. 

Revealed at IFA, Bild 7 is the first of Loewe's televisions with OLED technology that has been described as “the most beautiful OLED tv in the world” by Computer Bild. The clarity of image and colour definition of Loewe’s screen technology were distinctly illustrated by the abstracted graphic artwork by Michael Wall displayed on Bild 7 and Bild 9. 

The design study of Bild 9 was also introduced at IFA, the first collection Bodo Sperlein has designed for Loewe. Due to be officially launched in Spring 2017, Bild 9 is composed with pictorial sculptural lines that embodies a fresh design direction for Loewe, uniting elegance with intelligence in a perfect synergy of design and technology.

To accompany Loewe’s exhibition at IFA and in celebration of the Loewe brother’s story and the history of the brand, we also collaborated with Prop House and held a 10 day event at the Loewe Raum, in central Berlin. You can read more about this series of events here.

 

More about Bodo's role, as Creative Director for Loewe, can be found here

 

Brand Identity

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Established in 2001, Bodo Sperlein has an extensive knowledge of materials ranging from bone china, to precious metals and varieties of hardwood. This knowledge is an integral part of our design process as we pride ourselves on upholding traditional methods of making and the skills of craftspeople from all over the world. We endeavour to give a 21st century voice to time honoured materials.


When closely collaborating with heritage brands, we build upon the existing strengths and maintain the brand’s DNA when designing collections and devising detailed art direction for marketing campaigns. This enables individual brands to reposition themselves in an ever evolving and increasingly demanding market. 

 

As part of our own brand refresh, drawing upon key elements of our design language, London based identity, print and digital designers Gunter & Piekarski developed a visual identity that illustrates the core values of our studio. Carefully considering all aspects of our creative agency, G&P established a bespoke logo typeface, website, infographics and brand materials. See more over on Brand Identity. 

As advocates of historical craft skills, our business cards and complimentary slips have been black foil pressed by Avenue Litho using the finest GF Smith materials. 

 

An insight to our studio life can be viewed here, filmed by videographer Ian Allardyce

Bodo Sperlein X Jon Day + Katie Phillips

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We teamed up with photographer Jon Day and stylist Katie Phillips to create some beautifully presented editorial shots for our brand new website.

 

As a studio we love collaborating with diverse creative individuals. With a clear idea to photograph the Contour and Hadron, Katie also chose to adorn the scenes with other pieces from our collections. Jon Day's vision of using light to cast dramatic shadows has created a striking setting for our design products. 

The raw concrete surface accentuates the delicate qualities of the porcelain and fine bone china. Both Jon and Katie's playful approach was to develop a composition that presents our products as collectively building a sculptural narrative. 

 

Taking our objects out of their traditional context of a home interior, each piece juxtaposes their conventional position, pushing the boundaries of product placement. The Hadron has been designed to not simply illuminate a space but as a sculptural interior object with an elegant and striking presence when both switched on and off, something that Jon and Katie have captured in these images.

Jon Day's clean aesthetic and expressive use of lighting exposes the distinct spirit of the objects he shoots.

 

Here's a selection of some of our favourite images by Jon Day and scenes that Katie Phillips has styled.

 

We previously collaborated with Jon Day as part of a photoshoot for Loewe’s new BILD 7, introducing a new visual language to Loewe's marketing material.

Katie's cool minimalist visual language and eye for composition challenges the every day interior setting. Carefully considered arrangements and placement of each object present dynamic abstracted scenes.