Kate Maestri


“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

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.

Selected Exhibitions
  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

Selected Commissions
  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.

Selected awards
Evening Standard Homes + Property Magazine - Best interior product
(glass wall panels), Chelsea Craft Fair 2002.

Selected Editorial
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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