Louise Campbell’s dinnerware, Elements, provides the framework for the intense splatter project.
Splatterplatter. After three years of intense collaboration with Royal Copenhagen on the development of a complete dinnerware (named Elements), Louise Campell turns her back on the commercial mindset for a while and instead attacks the material head on without knowing the outcome beforehand. She has two months, a workshop space and a number of assistants, and now it’s time to play and to make a mess!
The porcelain mass is dyed, and then she pours, spills and drips it into plaster moulds – with large gestures but without losing her grip.
Elements provides the framework for the intense splatter project, as Splatterplatter uses a very large and highly detailed mould from Elements. Thus, the product goes from being reasonably commercially manageable to being strictly one-off and out of control. The working process for dyed porcelain is completely unpredictable. Every dye affects the mass in a different way, and firing and glazing lead to additional surprises. That is why it is so crucial to not even try to control the process but instead let the colours do exactly what they want. “One of my favourite things is a table or a palette where a bunch of colours have been mixed and spilled. Usually, this accidentally decorated surface is far more beautiful than what the colours were intended for. Splatterplatter marks a liberation from the careful planning of patterns. Sometimes, it’s good to leave things up to chance, even for a designer.”
Splatterplatter is sponsored by Royal Copenhagen.
Louise Campbell designs products of all sorts and in all sizes, both commercially and as experiments. She has had her own studio since 1996, and her list of clients includes Louis Poulsen, Zanotta, Royal Copenhagen, Holmegaard, Muuto, Kähler and Hay, among others. In May 2009, she has a solo exhibition at Maison du Danmark in Paris, and in 2002 she did “Waiting Rooms” at Trapholt. Louise is a highly acknowledged designer; among other honours she has received the three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation, a grant from Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation, the Finn Juhl Prize, the EDIDA international design award, the Good Design Award from Chicago Athenaeum and a Wallpaper award.
Louise Campbell does not restrict herself to one material but works in all conceivable materials. In her own description, her working process is as follows: 1) Always start from scratch, 2) Be sure there is a good reason for every decision made, 3) Dare to be different.
On a good day, Louise draws inspiration from just about anything. On a bad day – from nothing. “Inspiration requires a certain state of mind and cannot be taken for granted,” she says.
Louise Campbell, born 1970. Graduated as a designer from the London College of Furniture and The Danish Design School.