Luke Edward Hall might just be design’s busiest man of the moment. With schoolboy good looks emphasized by horn rims and a general aloofness in portraits, Hall looks more like a dandified graduate of Hogwarts than the man who is revisiting (and re-inventing) the simplicity of pastel color washes combined with Cocteau styling.
Perhaps there is magic in what he does. While re-born Mid-Mod shudders to a halt in a world of bizarro politics perhaps what we need is bright color fields and dreams of better days with better heroes. Ones who think spandex and lululemon may emphasize muscles but not strength.
Luke Edward Hall is relatively new to the super-designer moniker. Since starting his own studio in 2015, Luke has been involved with projects with a who’s who of traditional UK-based firms (the ones with the ampersands) such as Berry Bros. & Rudd, Stubbs & Wootton, and (&) Summerill & Bishop. Interspersed with that is interior work, art work, and graphic design.
A recent collaboration with Italian ceramics company Richard Ginori brought forth Il Viaggio di Nettuno dinnerware. It may well be his breakthrough in the United States as it re-invigorates the rather stale entertainment (and decor) market here. The match is a good one: Richard Ginori fits well with his M.O.. Ginori a traditional Italian firm dating back to 1735 whose vintage production is generally museum-bound. Furthermore, his utilization of repeating motifs, such as Greek Key and stylized waves, mirrors closely the work of one of Ginori’s geniuses, Gio Ponti.
The imagery of Viaggio di Nettuno shows a boldness reminiscent of its namesake. Neptune is the god of the ocean; one of nature’s domains that we have yet to fully conquer. Though we may eat as kings on these platters, the image of a stronger being still remains.
“Unfathomable Sea! whose waves are years,
Ocean of Time, whose waters of deep woe
Are brackish with the salt of human tears!
Thou shoreless flood, which in thy ebb and flow
Claspest the limits of mortality!
And sick of prey, yet howling on for more,
Vomitest thy wrecks on its inhospitable shore;
Treacherous in calm, and terrible in storm,
Who shall put forth on thee,
Unfathomable Sea?” – Shelley
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