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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
£166.80
Thay Rug Thay Grey, Large
GAN
Thay Rug
£1,087.13
Alumina Table Lamp Sapphire Blue
Tala
Alumina Table Lamp
£175.00
Crystal Rug Red - Crystal
GAN
Crystal Rug
£1,811.88
Ndebele Rug Ndebele Green, 200 x 300cm
GAN
Ndebele Rug
£1,087.13
Lan Rug Indigo, 180 x 336cm
GAN
Lan Rug
£1,501.27
Backstitch Busy Rug Busy Brick, Large
GAN
Backstitch Busy Rug
£1,604.81
Diamond Rug Blue-Green, 300 x 390cm
GAN
Diamond Rug
£2,329.56
Degrade Rug Petrol-Wine, 300 x 400cm
GAN
Degrade Rug
£7,206.11
Musico Dining Chair Satin Brass, Divina 3 106
Lee Broom
Musico Dining Chair
£1,225.00
Aaram Bar Cabinet Natural Ash
Kam Ce Kam
Aaram Bar Cabinet
£1,895.00
PH Septima Pendant Light
Louis Poulsen
PH Septima Pendant Light
£7,645.00
5321 Table Lamp
GUBI
5321 Table Lamp
£411.46
Semi Pendant Light 90cm, Gubi Metal Matt White
GUBI
Semi Pendant Light
£798.04
Type 80 Wall Light Metal Rose Pink, With cable/plug
Anglepoise
Type 80 Wall Light
£150.00
Type 80 Table Lamp Metal Rose Pink
Anglepoise
Type 80 Table Lamp
£199.00
Type 80 Pendant Light Metal Rose Pink
Anglepoise
Type 80 Pendant Light
£110.00
Isabella Chair 001 Stroll, Seat upholstery - 001 Stroll
Resident
Isabella Chair
£1,790.00
Gogan Sofa CA1 A8580 Spring palette 6 113 clay
Moroso
Gogan Sofa CA1
£7,212.00
Lato LN8 Side Table Warm black & Emparador marble
&Tradition
Lato LN8 Side Table
£436.00
Normann Copenhagen
Circus Pouf
£610.00
Gear Side Table
NORR11
Gear Side Table
£320.40
Podia Oval Coffee Table Black - Podia
ferm LIVING
Podia Oval Coffee Table
£669.00
Bit Stool Plastic Black Multy
Normann Copenhagen
Bit Stool
£204.00
Bau Pot Metal Warm Grey, Large
ferm LIVING
Bau Pot
£65.00
Collect SC72 Planter Polished Silver
&Tradition
Collect SC72 Planter
£40.00
Nakki 1-Seater Sofa Steelcut Trio 3 996
WOUD
Nakki 1-Seater Sofa
£2,483.83