Glass and Concrete make an innovative combo

Showcasing their  talents at 100% Design show in London later this week will be glass splashback designer, Emma Britton and concrete designer/maker, Matthew Redgate of Redgate Design.

This will be the 4th year at the show for Emma who has established a name for herself producing bespoke glass splashbacks in designs ranging from floral patterns to pineapples and lace. This year though she has taken a new direction at the show, collaborating on a joint venture with Matt.

“I invited Redgate Design to create a show kitchen for my glass splashbacks, because I design for a range of kitchens, I wanted to showcase them in an innovative way.”

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In an interview for the Nottingham Post, Emma explains, “Me and Matt were introduced by a mutual friend and I had always been interested in working with concrete anyway, it was a new medium for me. We’ve created a worktop design together and an end panel for a kitchen. It’s a feature for the room.”

The result of their collaboration is both eye-catching and practical for both residential and commercial applications.The grey raw cast concrete worktop surface, features laser cut metal inlays adding detail.

The inspiration for the design came from original Lace patterns produced by one of the last factories in Nottingamshire to manufacture traditional Nottingham lace. The Cluny Lace factory in Ilkeston is very close to Emma’s design studio, and their archive of intricate lace patterns have provided the inspiration for several of her designs over the years.

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The intricacy of her lace design creates an interesting juxtaposition with the rugged and solid nature of the concrete.

The concrete surfaces are meticulously created through an eight stage production in Redgate’s Nottingham workshop. The whole process takes about four weeks to complete. Once the moulds have been created with the design inlayed, concrete sets for five days, after which they are carefully de-moulded to reveal the tops. The Raw Cast finish is sealed with the latest water based acrylic sealer and can be maintained by the customer with concrete wax. This allows for the piece to age but is still safe for use in a kitchen environment.

Emma, 28, says: “This is my fourth time showing at 100% Design and I’m definitely proud to have my stand. It’s quite a well respected industry event – it’s like London Fashion Week but for interiors. It’s a big part of the London Design Festival.”

Emma Britton at work in her Ilkeston studio Photo courtesy of the Nottingham Post 14/9/14

Emma Britton at work in her Ilkeston studio
Photo courtesy of the Nottingham Post 14/9/14

After graduating from Loughborough University in 2008 having studied textile design, Emma set up her Decorative Glass Company single handed and is based at her studio on the Quarry Hill Industrial Estate in Ilkeston. Her website showcases her collection of homewares, including splashbacks, glass tables, surface protectors and tea towels.

As well as my own splashback collections, I work with clients to create the kitchen they want together. People will come to me with ideas and I’ll work with them to show them how to create a design and how it can work in the space. About half of my work is bespoke designs, that way people are getting something they really want.”