“Perhaps no Englishman, apart from the owners of truly ancestral homes, had ever felt such passionate attachment to a building”
Fiona MacCarthy, William Morris, A Life of Our Time
For the London Design Festival, CAA present a contemporary response by the architectural glass artist Kate Maestri to the importance of the relationship between William Morris and Kelmscott Manor, his home for 25 years. The work, which considers the influence of the house and its gardens, marks the 150th anniversary of Morris & Co, his interior design company founded in 1861.
For this exhibition, Maestri reconfigures the scale of the architecture and garden within the confines of the gallery. Her series of sculptural glass pieces contrasts the simplicity of the architectural interior with the rich organic tapestry of plants growing outside. With a colour palette which evokes the contrasting forms and tones of light and shade within the house and its grounds, the work individually and collectively evokes the spirit of Kelmscott Manor in an experiential fashion.
Pete Collard, Contemporary design curator
1997–99 Central St Martins College of Art and Design, Postgraduate Architectural Glass (Distinction)
1994–96 Chelsea School of Art and Design, MA Public Art and Design, theory based study.
1989–92 Chelsea School of Art and Design, BA Public Art and Design, practice based specialising in glass.
2011 Living With Glass, Vessel Gallery, London
2010 The London Design Festival
Solo show at Circus Gallery for Contemporary Applied Arts
Second European Triennial of Ceramic and Glass, Belgium
2008 Reflect Forward, Craft Central, London, Solo Show
2007 The London Design Festival
2007 Collection of champagne glasses for exhibition at The Royal Festival Hall, London
Collect, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington, London Exhibiting with Design Nation
2005 Materialize, The Arts Gallery, London Group show
Redbox Gallery, Newcastle
Contemporary Applied Arts, London.
2004 100% Design, London
(Also exhibited at 100% Design, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000).
2002 Chelsea Craft Fair, London
Designers Block, Milan, Italy
2000 Home Autour du Monde, Brussels, Featured artist
East Up, Pure Living Gallery, London
Home Autour du Monde, Paris, Featured artist
2011 Stained glass pedestrian footbridge, Wolverhampton Travel
Interchange. Architect: Austin Smith Lord.
2011 Ten storey stained glass entrance façade for university
building. Client, Liverpool John Moores University.
Stained glass curtain wall for Chapel at Hope Academy, Liverpool.
2010 Two-storey stained glass entrance pavilion and kinetic coloured glass fins across façade for mixed use development, Bristol. Client, The Environment Agency
2008 Two, five storey curved stained glass stair towers for residential development. Client, Southampton City Council.
Stained glass ten-storey façade for circulation tower, mixed-use development, Wilton-Plaza, London.
2007 Stained glass acoustic screen covering building façade for South Gloucestershire Council Offices.
Exterior illuminated sculpture, Lawrence Graham Headquarters, More London.
2005 Stained glass internal wall, Intensive Care Unit, Evelina Children’s Hospital, London.
2004 200m curved and structural, stained glass balustrade, The Sage Music Centre, Gateshead.
2003 Backlit stained glass wall panels and stained glass atrium wall, McGraw-Hill Headquarters, Canary Wharf, London.
Screen-printed ceramic enamel façade wall, Chase Farm Hospital, London. Client: The King’s Fund, Art in The Healing Environment.
2002 Illuminated exterior glass benches, Client: The Open University Business School, Milton Keynes
2000 Stained glass corridor and atrium windows, Clapton Park Early Years Centre, Clapton, London. Client: Hackney Public Art Programme.
Screen printed ceramic enamel ceiling panels Endoscopy Unit, The Royal London Hospital, London. Client: Barts and The London NHS Trust.
Evening Standard Homes + Property Magazine - Best interior product
(glass wall panels), Chelsea Craft Fair 2002.
Vogue, Harpers & Queen, Tatler, BluePrint, FX Magazine, Building
Design, Frame, Design Week, Craft Magazine, The Guardian, The
Independent, The Telegraph Magazine, Saturday Times Magazine,
Sunday Times Magazine, Elle Decoration, Homes and Gardens, Living
ETC, House and Garden, Marie Claire, Artistnews Letter, Intra, The
Conran Magazine, Elle (Hong Kong), Vogue (Paris), Scene, Jalouse,
Residences Decoration, Maison Francaise, Maison Madame, Deco
(Japan), Decoration (Germany), Azure, Australian Style, De Architect.
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