British designer Lubna Chowdhary creates one-of-a-kind ceramic tile art for clients around the world. But her eye-catching designs have never been produced for the general public – until now! For fall, Lubna collaborated with us on a series of furniture and accessories in her vibrant signature style.
Read on for a look into Lubna’s process, her workspace, and her new collection with west elm…
What inspires you?
Anthropology museums, car boot sales and spare time.
How do you pick the patterns and palettes for your designs?
An early exposure to Islamic art and its geometry loosely informs the pattern in my work. My use of color is intuitive and of-the-moment. Nothing is planned. I have to work blind when using glaze, as the color develops during the firing. So the results are a combination of knowledge and intuition.
Tell us about the pieces you designed for west elm. What inspired those colors and shapes?
The faceted tiles were inspired by a hand painted diamond, which I spotted on the side of a bus in India. I obviously have really simplified the form to make it modular and suitable for use on a piece of furniture.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
One of my favourite designers is Enzo Mari. Autoprogettazione raises many questions about means of production. I also have huge respect for Victor Papanek and was influenced by Design for a Real World.
What’s your approach to decorating?
My house is full of objects with a past life. My family and I believe firmly in re-using or making objects. Many of our projects become part of the furniture.
Images: west elm