Richard Brendon is a British product designer who specialises in bringing together contemporary design and traditional craftsmanship to create unique and timeless collections. Now a Walpole Brand of Tomorrow, he founded his west London studio in 2012, specialising in the design and production of exceptional modern tableware. Inquisitive by nature, he takes an archaeological approach to design, employing his particular skill in identifying and distilling the best elements from the past and reinterpreting them to produce his signature style of insightful, refined and dynamic design. What sets Richard Brendon apart from his contemporaries is that behind each collection, there is not just an idea, but a story.
Brendon’s earliest collection – Reflections – was inspired by his love of antique china of which he is a keen collector. Due to the more fragile nature of the teacup, he was often in excess of saucers missing their counterparts. Not inspired by replicating pre-existing patterns, Brendon was quick to come up with an innovative solution: A teacup entirely clad in chrome or gold which would reflect the pattern of its saucer – providing both the illusion of the classic matching set, and the contemporary twist that is trademark to his designs. This collection has set the tone for everything that has followed - each piece carefully contemplated by its designer, so too instilling contemplation in its user.
The studio is passionate about helping to regenerate heritage craft industries, and the quality of their products is second to none. All of the Richard Brendon bone china is made by hand in Stoke-on-Trent, where Josiah Spode first perfected the formula for this quintessentially British material over two centuries ago. His lead crystal is mouth-blown and hand-cut by artisans in Bohemia, who are world-renowned for their skill. Richard is a keen collaborator, and believes that by uniting experts in different fields, it is possible to create truly outstanding products.
As a recent example, he branched out from delicate tableware to something a little more durable – teaming up with Grenson to make leather coasters stamped with the trademark Grenson brogue pattern. A welcome (and wise) addition to any of his cut crystal glassware sets!
Richard Brendon; richardbrendon.com