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
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
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