Sophie Ashby: The Peninsula Collection
Posted on August 26 2018
Sophie Ashby launches a limited edition furniture and home accessory collection with Greenwich Peninsula.
This year has been an exceptionally busy year for the Studio Ashby team with a plethora of exciting projects, launches and events taking place. London Craft Week saw the launch of Sophie Ashby's limited edition Peninsula Collection; a collaboration with Knight Dragon, the developers of Greenwich Peninsula. The collection coincides with the introduction of No. 3 Upper Riverside; a bespoke development of apartments, part of Upper Riverside that will be curated by the London based interior design studio.
Created in partnership with five British artisans, each handcrafted home accessory and furniture design has been inspired by the unique riverside setting of Greenwich Peninsula, its heritage and the exciting future it has to offer. Collaborators for the project include contemporary handcrafted furniture makers, the Galvin Brothers; Brighton-based embroiderer, Emily Rose Potter; ceramic craftsman, Pottery West; artisan lighting specialist, Naomi Paul; and photographer, Thea Lovstad. Showcasing the designs at Ashby's show apartment, guests are invited to explore the creations, their luxurious handcrafted nature and inspiration of the surrounding area.
Top: Dining & Seating by The Galvin Brothers. Bottom: Decorative Cushions by Emily Rose Potter.
For the Studio Ashby collaboration, the Galvin Brothers have crafted a bespoke twelve-seater dining table with a raw, bark edge made out of solid oak. A unique Modular Bench accompanies this with a series of specially designed wooden chairs that can be connected with stylish leather fixtures to create communal bench seating. Completed with a spindle back, the chairs also contain a leather seat cushion and saddle bag buttoned to the back for additional comfort.
Emily’s beautiful cushion designs have incorporated a traditional method of embroidery, contrasted with vibrant tones and a play on the scale to create a unique product, with illustrations inspired by the wildlife around the Thames. Produced a mix of square and rectangular styles, the velvet cushions are available in multiple colour options including turquoise, gold and burgundy.
Top: Sculptural Lighting by Naomi Paul. Bottom: Ceramics by Pottery West.
Lighting designer Naomi Paul has created beautiful, functional textile objects with a presence that transforms with the ever-changing lighting conditions of the day. It includes three different shaped lighting pendants, each delicately handwoven in a new paper yarn material. Crafted in white, they create an elegant contemporary feel which provides a soft, warm glow to an interior when illuminated internally.
Pottery West specialises in small-batch wheel thrown ceramic homewares. Their emphasis for the collection has been on simple, ergonomic forms to create twelve unique mug designs. They feature organic, layered glazes in four different colourways which have been selected to complement the modular dining chairs.
Top: Photography Prints by Thea Lovstad. Below: The artisans of the Peninsula Collection.
Ashby commissioned 23-year Norwegian photographer Thea Lovstad to create a series of prints to capture the stunning landscape and details from the surrounding peninsula. Influences from the contrast of unique, serene natural lights and raw nature elegantly reflect in the Peninsula Collection series which includes beautiful images of the riverside’s foliage and reflections from the water’s surface.
Ashby's Peninsula Collection connects the development of No. 3 Upper Riverside to its location in such a personal way. While many new builds and projects use their locations as the main selling feature, very few go to the levels and detail achieved here. It is refreshing to see a development that not only utilises its location but draws inspiration from it; by doing so, allowing its occupants to do the same.