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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
Resident
Pier Counter Stool
£694.80
Ndebele Rug Ndebele Green, 170 x 240cm
GAN
Ndebele Rug
£755.81
Musico Dining Chair Matte Black, Black Wool
Lee Broom
Musico Dining Chair
£875.00
Ply Blue Rug Blue
GAN
Ply Blue Rug
£880.06
9602 Floor Lamp Wicker Willow
GUBI
9602 Floor Lamp
£999.00
Curt Modular Sofa Flexible bench, Jet - 9803
AMBIVALENZ
Curt Modular Sofa
£1,229.49
Ply Pink Rug Pink
GAN
Ply Pink Rug
£1,708.34
Crystal Rug Red - Crystal
GAN
Crystal Rug
£1,811.88
Aaram Bar Cabinet Natural Ash
Kam Ce Kam
Aaram Bar Cabinet
£1,895.00
Degrade Rug Petrol-Wine, 170 x 240cm
GAN
Degrade Rug
£2,640.17
Around Colours Oval Rug
Wiener GTV Design
Around Colours Oval Rug
£3,219.60
Solid Conference Table White Steel, Premium and wood lacquers 642L
Andreu World
Solid Conference Table
£3,898.13
Around Colours Rectangular Rug Yellow
Wiener GTV Design
Around Colours Rectangular Rug
£4,396.80
Around Colours Square Rug
Wiener GTV Design
Around Colours Square Rug
£4,844.40
PH Septima Pendant Light
Louis Poulsen
PH Septima Pendant Light
£7,645.00
Cover Armchair Wood Oak
Muuto
Cover Armchair
£426.00
Julep Sofa Bopha 01
Tacchini
Julep Sofa
£6,783.95
Accent Side Table Natural Matt Lacquered Oak, Small
Mater
Accent Side Table
£420.00
Dalya Armchair Coral Lacquered Beech, Step 60004
Coedition
Dalya Armchair
£1,287.99
Loop Cushion Loop - Mount
ferm LIVING
Loop Cushion
£75.00
Nerd Barstool Wood White, Steel foot protection - None
Muuto
Nerd Barstool
£425.00
NoNo Table
MENU
NoNo Table
£649.92
Ring Wall Light Satin Brass, 30cm
CTO Lighting
Ring Wall Light
£666.00
Podia Oval Coffee Table Black - Podia
ferm LIVING
Podia Oval Coffee Table
£669.00
JWDA Floor Lamp Travertine
MENU
JWDA Floor Lamp
£1,399.90
Julep Armchair Bopha 01
Tacchini
Julep Armchair
£3,082.53
Gogan Sofa CA1 A8569 Spring palette 1 45 light grey
Moroso
Gogan Sofa CA1
£7,116.00