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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

Candlelight Lamp Light Oak
Le Klint
Candlelight Lamp
Thay Rug Thay Grey, Large
Thay Rug
Alumina Table Lamp Sapphire Blue
Alumina Table Lamp
Crystal Rug Red - Crystal
Crystal Rug
Ndebele Rug Ndebele Green, 200 x 300cm
Ndebele Rug
Lan Rug Indigo, 180 x 336cm
Lan Rug
Backstitch Busy Rug Busy Brick, Large
Backstitch Busy Rug
Diamond Rug Blue-Green, 300 x 390cm
Diamond Rug
Degrade Rug Petrol-Wine, 300 x 400cm
Degrade Rug
Musico Dining Chair Satin Brass, Divina 3 106
Lee Broom
Musico Dining Chair
Aaram Bar Cabinet Natural Ash
Kam Ce Kam
Aaram Bar Cabinet
PH Septima Pendant Light
Louis Poulsen
PH Septima Pendant Light
5321 Table Lamp
5321 Table Lamp
Semi Pendant Light 90cm, Gubi Metal Matt White
Semi Pendant Light
Type 80 Wall Light Metal Rose Pink, With cable/plug
Type 80 Wall Light
Type 80 Table Lamp Metal Rose Pink
Type 80 Table Lamp
Type 80 Pendant Light Metal Rose Pink
Type 80 Pendant Light
Isabella Chair 001 Stroll, Seat upholstery - 001 Stroll
Isabella Chair
Gogan Sofa CA1 A8580 Spring palette 6 113 clay
Gogan Sofa CA1
Lato LN8 Side Table Warm black & Emparador marble
Lato LN8 Side Table
Normann Copenhagen
Circus Pouf
Gear Side Table
Gear Side Table
Podia Oval Coffee Table Black - Podia
Podia Oval Coffee Table
Bit Stool Plastic Black Multy
Normann Copenhagen
Bit Stool
Bau Pot Metal Warm Grey, Large
Bau Pot
Collect SC72 Planter Polished Silver
Collect SC72 Planter
Nakki 1-Seater Sofa Steelcut Trio 3 996
Nakki 1-Seater Sofa