I first came across Somerset-based designer Kate Bond during one of my nightly Instagram sessions. Her digitally-printed fabrics and home accessories really stood out on my feed, thanks to their delicate floral motifs and her masterful approach to colour. After a quick browse of her website, I had to find out more about this up-and-coming surface designer…
Kate, when did you first realise that you wanted to pursue a career in design?
I’ve always been creative. Although my first degree was in Jewellery and Silversmithing, I have worked in all types of materials – except wood, Im not very patient with wood! Having taught Textiles for many years, I completed my MA in Fashion and Textiles at Bath Spa University, specialising in surface design. It was after that that I set up my business.
How would you describe the Kate Bond aesthetic?
Minimal, clean, geometric, feminine and masculine.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
I’m inspired a lot by floral compositions, as well as the act of folding & pleating. With my background in Jewellery, I still love making objects with my hands, so this plays a large part in my work.
What are your go-to tools of the trade?
A scalpel. A ruler. My hands. Watercolours and ink!
Are there any design trends/aesthetics that you’re loving at the moment?
Greenery! Green is my favourite colour. The fact that the Pantone Colour of the Year is ‘Greenery’ suits me down to the ground. It’s the exact colour I used in a recent commercial project (more on that below).
What has been your most exciting project to date?
I have really enjoyed working on the Greenspeares Restaurant, due to open this summer in Chelsea, London. The restaurant belongs to Alessandra Brownsword-Matthews. Being a Bath based family they were keen to use local talent; so my V-Pleat design has been used as a wall covering on the ground floor and another one of my designs will be incorporated into the seating in the Greenhouse. I cant wait for the opening!
I also have to mention the freelance work that I did for Nina Campbell. I was thrilled to have been chosen to design a wall covering for a recent collection. That was a real highlight last year.
What is your favourite thing about being based in Bath?
Firstly, it’s beautiful! Having grown up near to Birmingham it’s a real treat living somewhere so stunning. It’s also so close to London on the train yet surrounded by inspirational countryside. I love being able to walk into Bath from my home. Also, the shops are great! *I have to agree*
If you could collaborate with any other designer – past or present – who would it be and why?
It has to be Scholten & Baijings, an Amsterdam design studio. Their work is so beautiful in every way: minimal and with the perfect use of colour. I love Hay and Ferm Living too, they would both be brands that I would love to work with one day. I also love the marquetry of Winter and Kurth.
Finally, where can we find/buy your work?
I’ve been doing more commercial work lately rather than product. However, I do have a website where a range of homeware products can be bought: katebond.co.uk. I also sell fabrics and products through Woodhouse and Law in Bath and I love doing bespoke commission work, so do get in touch!