Objects of desire

by TERESA CHOW on Nov 29, 2010 in Interiors
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A rising star since 1996’s 100% Design London, Ochre was founded by Harriet Maxwell and Joanna Bibby, who were later joined by Solenne de la Fouchardiere in 2000. Here, Harriet Maxwell talks to Perspectiveglobal about the inspiration of Ochre.
What is Ochre’s design philosophy?
Our underlying principles are to use high quality materials and flawless craftsmanship to create objects of style and beauty which are both timeless and contemporary.
How do you usually approach design projects?
When we design for Ochre, we usually start with materials that we really love, and then ensure geting the proportions perfect.
Apart from form, what is Ochre’s signature style?
Ochre is admired for creating perfect form as well the use of colours: those of heather, bracken, wet and dry stone, water and sky.
What’s the best thing about working in the design industry?
Joanna, Solenne and myself are able to work on what we love – when we are really designing, it does not feel like work.
What’s your concept of good design?
I think good design can incorporate many different styles – it can look very simple and as if it could not be any other way – but in fact a huge amount of thought has gone into it.
Check out Harriet Maxwell’s country house on Shelter Island in the December 2010 issue of Perspective magazine.


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