Visionary designer–makers Nicola and Christopher Cox are causing a sculptural stir around the Pimlico Road circles where they have opened their first London showroom on Ebury Street. Serpent heads, surreal forests and oak leaves are just a few signature features. Part sculpture, part furniture, these are interior art pieces with functional roles to play.
‘We want our pieces to be beautiful and intriguing. The work is becoming increasingly experimental drawing together all the influences that inspire and motivate us, of which the possibilities are endless.’
Their inspiration often comes from the natural world and the history of art -from antiquity to modernism. But what unites each piece is a fascination with materials and a passion for process. Each creation infused with inventiveness and rooted with a deep knowledge of traditional techniques.
How fabulous that we can now see and touch these pieces first hand in one of London’s most creative art, antiques and interior hubs.
‘We are designer-makers whose work is craft-orientated, sculpture based and infused with historical references. Nicola and I are sculptors and from the third generation of an antique dealing family.
We have always been in love with The Pimlico Road. For nearly 40 years it has been home to the most interesting art and antique dealers alongside exceptional Interior decorators. The Pimlico road is a great showcase the for the finest British design and craftsmanship.’
The essence of the space is to showcase contemporary sculptural furniture and lighting designed and made in London by Nicola and Christopher Cox and their specialist team of artisans. New pieces include lost wax cast bronze furniture and lighting, sculpted by the duo and cast by their team.
Cox London is part of London Craft Week with a special event that explores how to commission handmade furniture and lighting as well as undertaking private commissions. Telegraph Luxury design columnist and Wallpaper* editor at large Henrietta Thompson will be in conversation with Cox London on Wednesday 3 May, 5-6pm. Booked tickets via the London Craft Week website HERE.
If Georgian simplicity was the organizing principle inside the house of Jamb owner Will Fisher, then outside Will became Liberace. The piece de resistance of his secret garden is the gated Italianate pond adorned with architectural fragments - the antique fountain bought in Reggio Emilia, Italy and is surrounded by his collection of 18th-century keystones and capitals.
The garden of his London terrace may be ideal for a game of cricket but measuring 20ft wide and 125feet long the garden presented a great design challenge as Will says; ‘I knew we needed to break the length down into separate spaces, so I built the pond at the back as a focal point. After that I just filled it with whatever seemed right. I always think a garden looks better full’
And why not fill it with some Coade work. Jamb reproduce beautiful marble and stone garden ornaments and have also been proud to represent Coade garden sculpture for many years now. These stunning pieces would accompany an accomplished garden design of any scale.
Coade stone was originally made in 1769 at the Coade factory in London, under the guidance of Eleanor Coade, who employed some of the finest artists of the day to produce objects and sculptures for houses, gardens and public spaces. But when the factory closed in 1840 the formula and techniques for making coade stone were lost. After extensive research and experimentation, Steven Pettifer has rediscovered that formula, and now produces high quality coade stone with a ceramic body that is extremely durable and resistant to weathering.
Working alongside Coade Ltd. means that Jamb are now able to produce bespoke sculptures and objects, both large and small scale, for interior and exterior spaces.