In the Studio

Luke Edward Hall

We visit the artist and designer in his character-packed studio space

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He's the art world darling whose playful aesthetic has made him nothing short of a phenomenon. Now, exploring scale and previously untrodden mediums for a new wave of one-off ceramics and interiors, things are set to get bigger still. So big that an expansive pop-up space has found its home in-store. To get beneath the surface of the collection - and its maker - we visited the London-based artist at his colour-splashed studio.

On new developments…
"I have added lots of new pieces for this collection, including furniture and ceramics, like the table lamps, giant urns and terracotta vases. I have brought together lots of my favourite motifs - mostly inspired by my love of mythology."

On telling stories …
"My work is about storytelling. I'm always trying to create a kind of mood. I love history and legends and folk tales and I'm a huge romantic - I suppose when I create a drawing, a vase or a cushion, I want to create a little bit of magic."

On imperfection…
"My pieces should be nice to look at, but not too nice. These things are handmade and hand-painted and they are not supposed to be totally perfect. I like things not to be too pretty. I want things to be a bit unusual, a bit jarring."

On inspiring creativity…
"I find inspiration in so many things - Ancient Greece, 1980s electronic music, flowers, short stories, Italy, baroque chamber pop, the castles of Bavaria, Rococo furniture; other artists from the past such as Jean Cocteau, Cecil Beaton and Patrick Procktor, writers like Denton Welch and Christopher Isherwood."

On singular design…
"Each piece is a total one-off and this feels special to me - you end up with something that was created and painted by hand. I tend not to plan what I'm going to paint on my ceramics and I love that - the hand-finishing is spontaneous."

On keeping it real…
"I've known people to frame my plates, but I also love the thought of someone throwing their car keys on one of my platters when they come through their front door. I want the objects to have a life of their own. Treat them preciously or don't, I don't mind, just enjoy them!"

On shaping spaces…
"My space in store will look like a character is inhabiting it and has surrounded themselves with prized bits and pieces picked up on their travels around the world. I'll also be selling a few vintage objects including hotel ashtrays, books and minerals."

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