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Julian F Bond creates unique homeware and ceramic products in east London, using a specially developed casting machine.

A unique casting process

Julian founded his own company immediately after graduating from London's Royal College of Art in 2010. His aim was to pursue the Pixel Vase project he'd developed while studying, which gained widespread attention at his end of year show in 2010.

His Pixel Casting Machine is a system for making vases that are unique every time, despite coming from the same mould. Plaster rods can be pushed in and out to change the shape of the cavity inside the mould, which he then casts in earthenware. "I've created an interface," he explains. "You can't really make mistakes with it and you're actually making something that is very technical, which couldn't be made by hand."

Pixellated profiles

The resulting range of vases, dishes and cups features a stepped outline as though the clay surface had been pixellated on a computer screen. Due to the unique outline of each piece - stepping out in some places and inwards in others - the silhouette changes when seen from different angles. "Unlike vases thrown on a wheel, with these every view you take of it has a completely different profile," says Julian.

Working in small batches of 20 to 30 pieces - dictated by the sized of the kiln - he casts, dries, fires and glazes every piece at his own studio, a shared workspace inside a former peanut-packing factory in the creative east London district of Bow.

Architectural influences

Before studying product design at the Royal College, Julian gained a bachelors degree in architecture from the prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture. He then worked in practice for a year, making models for an architecture studio in Farringdon, and still undertakes architectural projects alongside his product design work.

He cites Brutalist structures as an influence on his work, and there's a parallel with the surfaces of his products, which show the marks left behind by the casting process. "I love buildings like the Hayward Gallery and Royal Festival Hall, and the roughness and the rawness of the concrete they're made from," he says. "You can see the texture from the original moulds that they used and it's like a memory - it shows you the process and it's very honest."

All products by Julian F Bond

Pier Counter Stool Black Stained Oak
Pier Counter Stool
Ndebele Rug Ndebele Green, 170 x 240cm
Ndebele Rug
Pier Bar Stool Black Stained Oak
Pier Bar Stool
Ply Blue Rug Blue
Ply Blue Rug
9602 Floor Lamp Wicker Willow
9602 Floor Lamp
Backstitch Calm Rug Calm Brick, Medium
Backstitch Calm Rug
Ghost Pendant Light
Ghost Pendant Light
Ply Pink Rug Pink
Ply Pink Rug
Aaram Bar Cabinet Natural Ash
Kam Ce Kam
Aaram Bar Cabinet
Gab Lounge Chair White Pigment Oiled Oak, Atlas 0111
Icons Of Denmark
Gab Lounge Chair
Aura Pendant Light Resin Rose
Established & Sons
Aura Pendant Light
Akira Writing Desk 27 Grey White, Desktop with shelves colour - 27 Grey White
Akira Writing Desk
Around Colours Oval Rug
Wiener GTV Design
Around Colours Oval Rug
Fat 2 Seater Sofa Hero
Tom Dixon
Fat 2 Seater Sofa
Solid Conference Table White Steel, Premium and wood lacquers 642L
Andreu World
Solid Conference Table
Around Colours Rectangular Rug Yellow
Wiener GTV Design
Around Colours Rectangular Rug
Around Colours Square Rug
Wiener GTV Design
Around Colours Square Rug
PH Septima Pendant Light
Louis Poulsen
PH Septima Pendant Light
Insert Side Table Black Ash
Insert Side Table
Normann Copenhagen
Porta Table Lamp
Burin Oval Table White RAL 9003, 240w x 120d, Tabletop Finish - White RAL 9003
Burin Oval Table
Isabella Chair 001 Stroll, Seat upholstery - 001 Stroll
Isabella Chair
Flowerpot VP7 Pendant Light Matt Light Grey
Flowerpot VP7 Pendant Light