5 of the Best Designer Collaborations

The design world is awash with cool collaborations between people from different disciplines and it’s often their diversities that bring an excitement and newness to the products that are collaborated on. To highlight our appreciation of this team spirit, here are The Chromologist’s five favourite designer collaborations of the moment…

1. Paul Smith and Anglepoise

Paul Smith Angelpoise | The Chromologist

This doesn’t have anything to do with the domino tiles shown in the image above, and yet – how fabulous are those domino tiles in the image above?

The 2004 Anglepoise Type75 lamp designed by Sir Kenneth Grange, was a wonderful advancement of the classic, incorporating the same spring mechanism that automotive engineer George Carwardine invented in 1932 for the original Anglepoise lamp – it stays in position after the lamp is moved in any direction. Sir Paul Smith just came along, added colours to the iconic aluminium design and voila we have a limited edition beauty that’s every bit as good as its two predecessors. Yes, I said limited edition.

2. HAY / WRONG for HAY and Emily’s House London

HAY WH | Emily's House London | The Chromologist

Danish brand HAY has been the hot ticket on the design scene for a while now. At the London Design Festival in September, the brand displayed covetable wares in its townhouse showroom overlooking St James Park, alongside antique rug specialist Emily’s House London, which shares the same space. What the pairing taught us is that hip and modern Scandi homewares work a treat next to gorgeous vintage textiles from North Africa and The Middle East. A colour explosion happened with accents of neutral – or sometimes vice versa.

3. Ben Pentreath and Fine Cell Work

Pentreath & Hall Fine Cell Work | Cushions collection | The Chromologist

Fine Cell Work is a registered charity and social enterprise that trains prisoners in skilled and paid needlepoint work – around 250 prisoners are participating in Fine Cell Work workshops currently. The enterprise’s latest collaboration is with pattern-loving designers Ben Pentreath and Birdie Hall, of Pentreath & Hall – a collection of needlework cushions in geometric designs that are based on stone floor and marble patterns by the 18th century designer Batty Langley. Each cushion incorporates a fabulous unexpected mix of muddy and bright colours, and typically, look great in a collection. Be prepared to have your head turned by more than one design at once.

4. David David and Johnson Tiles

Carousel Wall | David David and Johnson Tiles | The Chromologistjpeg

David Saunders, the co-founder of London based print and design studio David David, has worked his colourful magic on a collection of tiles for Johnson Tiles. Fusing traditional Islamic geometrics with modern British production, the design is based on an adaptation of Carousel, the designer’s Jameel Prize nominated artwork, and also draws on the colours of Johnson Tiles’ Prismatic range. “My own range of colours is an ongoing evolution. I have one palette which I would call my staple and I add colours to it depending on the mood of the product I am working on,” says the designer. The tiles were installed last month in the V&A’s tunnel entrance, and will be on display there until January 2015 if you fancy getting the full kaleidoscopic effect.

5. Benjamin Hubert and Bitossi Ceramiche

Seams Benjamin Hubert | The Chromologist

British designer Benjamin Hubert’s  collection of five large ceramic centrepieces, Seams, designed for iconic Italian ceramic manufacturer Bitossi Ceramiche, evolved from the studio’s research into creating mass-produced products with one-off details – in this case, the seam. Using split moulds to create the effect, the designer has given each vessel a feeling of uniqueness and imperfection. The colour combinations on the other hand are absolutely perfect. 


Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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