J ES MONI T E The hot ma­te­rial that will add pat­tern and colour to your home

Now is the time to re­dis­cover this del­i­cate and deca­dent art This con­crete al­ter­na­tive will add pat­tern and colour to your home

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Ex­pect to see an in­flux of ex­cit­ing new

de­signs us­ing jesmonite to be re­leased this year, from house­hold ob­jects to tiles. The ma­te­rial’s abil­ity to un­lock de­sign­ers’ cre­ativ­ity was first lauded at last year’s Lon­don De­sign Fair, and now we’re about to see ex­actly why. In­vented in 1984 by Jesmonite Ltd as an al­ter­na­tive to cast con­crete, jesmonite has taken over 30 years to make its way into dec­o­ra­tive prod­uct de­sign. The list of the com­pound’s pros is long: it’s light, durable, wa­ter-based and there­fore eco-friendly, very fine (so can pro­duce in­tri­cate de­tails and tex­tures) and easy to colour.

‘It’s a ma­te­rial that you can have fun with,’ says sur­face de­signer Katie Gillies ( katiegillies. com), who cre­ates be­spoke jesmonite fin­ishes im­bued with fun colour and pat­tern. Sim­i­larly, Stephanie Tu­dor’s ( stephani­etu­dor. co. uk) jesmonite sur­faces in­spired her to branch out and cre­ate fur­ni­ture and table­ware with the ma­te­rial: ‘Jesmonite gives me the freedom to ex­per­i­ment, and of­fers al­most im­me­di­ate re­sults – no need for a kiln, or the long cur­ing process of con­crete’. As adapt­able as it is sim­ple to use, we’re cer­tain that this ma­te­rial will fea­ture in your home very soon ( jesmonite.com).

‘Chip’ jesmonite sur­face by Olivia Aspinall Stu­dio. Avail­able as coast­ers, from £12 for four (olivia-aspinall.com) ‘ Wedge’ sculp­tural vase, £295, Zuza Meng­ham (zuza meng­ham.com) ‘Crys­tallised’ bowl by Stephanie Tu­dor, £2,500, The New Crafts­men (the­new cr

THREE OF THE BEST In­ject a lit­tle – or a lot – of the jesmonite trend into your home with these picks

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