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introducing the setsquares collection
designed by Kathy Dalwood for Habitat

 For the Habitat Autumn Winter collection 2007 -08
launched in stores worldwide
the setsquares collection is a range of related designs produced in matt white porcelain comprising 2 vases and 4 decorative wall panels




the project

“I was delighted to engage in this collaboration with Habitat which has been an exciting and interesting project from start to finish.

It’s been great to work with the product development team at Habitat and get the opportunity to discuss and develop my designs with such creative and imaginative people.

The team initially picked up on some tile designs from my cast collection, a range which had presented me with huge manufacturing problems at the time and consequently – and frustratingly – never really saw the light of day.

These designs became the starting point for the setsquares Habitat range, with two vase designs in addition to four decorative wall panels, all exploring the same visual themes and references.

The manufacturers whom Habitat commissioned achieved an outstanding level of expertise in producing what turned out to be six very technically challenging designs.

The finished products are absolutely faithful to my original concept and it has been fantastic to see the designs realized to such a high standard of craftsmanship.

And of course to be able to present my designs to such a wide audience, through Habitat stores world-wide, is a really exciting opportunity. I hope that audience will also be interested to find out something about how a contemporary product range comes into being.”

the designs Inspiration for the collection came from architecture and civil engineering of the Modernist period – monumental industrial buildings and vast abstract structures such as silos, dams, water towers and bridges. An intriguing contradiction arises when these monolithic, raw concrete structures are reduced to a domestic scale and interpreted in delicate, textured white porcelain

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the story of kathy dalwood's setsquares collection


the setsquares collection

 wall panel installation

  tall vase     

                                                         tall vase  h43  w15  d11cms        white porcelain

  small vase

                                               small  vase  h30  w12  d12cms        white porcelain

      decorative wall panels


                                                                                                                                                                                 30cms square       white porcelain

The designs are intended  to work both singly and grouped together – see some arrangements below.
The abstract nature of the design means that the panels can be placed in any orientation or configuration. There are fixings on the back which allow the panels to be hung almost any way up.



originating & developing the designs

Initially ideas are developed through many sketches with reference (in this case) to a collection of images and photographs referring to architecture and engineered structures.

Some of these two-dimensional ideas are then explored in three dimensions through solid plaster maquettes, cast from moulds constructed from various materals chosen to create indentations and textured pattern.

For the vases, it was important that the object was interesting to view on all sides, and for the wall panels, the squares needed to work whichever way up they were, and in relation to each other.

A final selection was made of the most successful designs – according to those criteria – and these maquettes (along with detailed plans) were passed on to the manufacture, who transposed the entire concept to porcelain.











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