A traditional Cornish barn conversion inspired by local materials and craftsmanship, to showcase the qualities of a private art collection.
We were particularly intentional about staying true to the character of the landscape and this ancient plot of land, surrounded by Cornish stone and slate – indeed, Tremayne, a Cornish word, means land surrounded by rocks. These feature in much of the architectural detailing, the design of bespoke objects and the general attention to textures and colours.
We rendered an interior aesthetic to mirror the exterior materials, creating spaces that run into each other – each distinct, each qualified by subtle variations in tone, filled with the natural irregularities of hand-craft and drawing attention to the evocative work of local Cornish artist, Isabelle Roberts.
"I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china..." , said Oscar Wilde.
For this private residence we were approached by a client of equal aesthetic verve to Wilde, to create a dramatic interior inspired by bold geometries, housing antiques and contemporary photography collections.
Abby Joy Designs Kahaila Café, Bricklane, London
Kahaila, 135 Bricklane, London, is invested in the character of its local community.
We were asked to translate this ethos and re-imagine what had once been an established leather-workshop. Collaborating with local furniture makers, designers and artists we created a space to cater for a busy café culture that hosts rotating art exhibitions, musical and cultural events.
Kahaila was launched in 2012, featuring a photographic portrait study on the people and businesses of Bricklane, Bricks of the Lane, by Mara Klein.
A bespoke art-textile design exploring the tension between the flexibility in nature's organic forms and urban rigidity.
Featuring Abby Joy's hand silk embroidery and a contemporary Liberty print.
Velvet Russian Constructivism
An bespoke intricate textile design piece, designed for a fanciful interior by fashion designer Abbie Price inspired by the Russian constructivists.
This colourful silk-velvet cushion is an iteration of the movement's abstract mobile structural forms in miniature, a celebration of the colour and geometric dynamics at play in the interior.
Abby Joy Designs Waiting for Godot
Abby Joy's first design commissions were for the theatre, designing sets and costumes for a variety of directors, theatres, national and international festivals.
The rigour of taking artistic lead from both original texts and the director's interpretation, coupled with the challenge of creating spaces that are workable for actors and attractive to the audience profoundly shaped our design process.
In all our designs we are driven by relevance, the challenge of creating something of intrinsic artistic value that remains accessible.
Waiting For Godot, by Samuel Beckett, directed by Charlie Ward of Muckle Roe Productions, Art Direction by Abby Joy.
Abby Joy Designs with colour Camera Colorata
Camera Colorata : coloured, or painted room.
A vignette on light and shade and its interaction with colour.
Featuring limited textile and light designs by Abby Joy Designs as well as work by contemporary British designers.
Abby Joy Designs Objects
An ode to the beautiful details of objects designed & made by Abby Joy for specific spaces, from Cornish slate-filled lamp designs to hand crafted crystal chandelier...