Perfectly Imperfect - The Beauty of Bespoke Design

As craft quickly grows to be the fastest growing creativity industry in the UK, handmade, British, bespoke luxury products are more in demand than ever before. As our focus turns towards sustainability and investing in products that will last us a life-time we are choosing quality, ethical goods that provide us with a connection to our local communities, places and people. Ironically, it is technology which has given rise to this growth of artisanal goods and whilst previously people would have had to seek out craft fairs, we can now show our support for bespoke design with simply the click of a well-intentioned button.

Handcrafting custom concrete basins at Forma Studios

Handcrafting custom concrete basins at Forma Studios

Indeed, our growing desire to reassert our individuality in a culture of cheap mass production and support local businesses is providing us with products that simultaneously allow us to express our own individuality, style and personality as well as our belief in the skill of the master craftsperson. In an increasingly fast-paced world, it is a precious moment when we can experience the beauty of time-honoured skills honed and passed on to us through decades of dedicated learners and practitioners.

Each bespoke product however reflects not only the intention of the maker, but also that of the client. It is this very aspect of bespoke manufacturing that attracts consumers worldwide. For each piece is unique and therefore absolutely exclusive to you. Whether it’s a bespoke basin, a bespoke countertop, or a bespoke table, each custom creation will be its own work of art and contain its very own character and charisma. Concrete itself is a natural material that is now being artistically crafted into beautiful sculptural products. Concrete’s unique versatility allows it to be formed into even the most intricate of shapes. This concrete table, made from fabric impregnated with cement, by designer Neal Aronwitz beautifully showcases this inherent fluidity.

Indeed, as concrete evolves into a material that is used to decorate beautiful bespoke interiors it’s nearly cult association with tower blocks and sidewalks is diminishing. At Forma, we consider many of our concrete pieces to be not only functional objects of design but sculptural works of art. Each piece we make is designed not only with the intention to create a beautiful, functioning product but with the careful consideration of the material and its properties.

We now recognise that it is the natural “imperfections” of the material which give it its beauty and it is the skill of the maker to understand not only how to work with these but how to embellish them. And just as form follows function in design, so too does beauty follow bespoke.

Each handcrafted piece furthermore bares the mark of its maker. This mark becomes the makers signature and is completely inimitable. Ultimately it is this which defines each piece as its own unique, irreplicable piece.

A concrete fire surround designed and handmade by Forma Studios for a private client in central London

A concrete fire surround designed and handmade by Forma Studios for a private client in central London

To learn more about the process involved in the creation of our bespoke concrete products or to  commission a piece please contact Tim at tim@formastudios.co.uk. Alternatively, book a visit to our south London workshop by calling +44 (0) 20 8611 2945 or filling in this form.

  • by Lynn Harvey, Marketing Assistant @ Forma Studios, London