Haidée Drew is a London-based interior designer who is inspired by historical houses and collections to create items such as mirrors, vases, lighting, coat hooks, candlesticks and chopping boards. Her work combines a strong contemporary aesthetic with a visual dialogue with the past. Her sensitivity to the original artefacts is shown in her drawing on a range of materials and a combination of hand and age-old manufacturing techniques. Clients have included the National Trust, Liberty, Heals, the British Museum and the National Gallery.
Residency at 2 Willow Road, Hampstead Heath
The residency programme showcases the work of contemporary London artists and designers who continue to be influenced by the work of Ernö Goldfinger, a Hungarian-born architect and designer of furniture who moved to London in the early 1930s. He built three houses (including his own) at 1-3 Willow Road in Hampstead. As well as a design for modernist living and family home, his house at No.2 was a forum for artistic and political debates. Many artists - including Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Roland Penrose, Ben Nicholson, Paul Klee, Max Ernst and Picasso –were personal friends and spent time at the house.
The property is currently owned by the National Trust. In collaboration with Bow Arts, they have been running an annual artist residency programme at 2 Willow Road since 2012. This year, Haidée Drew was chosen as the designer in residence. She has recently completed her residency, during which she created a series of ‘design objects’ inspired by the architecture of the house, its art and its furnishings. Every aspect of the design of the multi-functional and sculptural objects from the selection of the material to the colour choice for the concrete was influenced by the house.
In March 2014, the Royal College of Art and Sir John Soane's Museum collaborated in the organisation of a competition with the support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The bust of Sir John Soane, which sits centre stage in the Museum’s dome area, was 3D-scanned and digitally shattered. The fragmented pieces were then used as the starting point for a new object to be created by RCA Jewellery & Metal graduates. Haidée's winning Collar vase has been designed to hold one large flower or a small flower arrangement. By means of the dramatic contrasts between its angular facades and its flowing curves, it retains the feeling of a fragment or a slice of the bust. Combined with the naturalistic white marble material, this would give you the impression that you actually had a piece of Sir John Soane’s bust in your own home.
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Artist's web site, http://www.haideedrew.com/.