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Heart of Glass

A successful interior has an effortless style and a simple harmony – an extremely fine balance between all of its constituent parts.  Art for us has a huge role to play in achieving a beautiful interior, and with that in mind, we have carefully chosen a portfolio of fine artists whose work will not only look stunning, but which will bring warmth and interest to any home.

We have a long held an interest in the natural world and how the built environment works in harmony with nature.  You’ll see from everything we do here at The English Listed that natural materials and authenticity are key to our aesthetic so when choosing which artists we wanted to represent, it was vital to us that nature was at the heart of their work.  We’re also huge supporters of all things British and beautiful, so it was important to us to represent British artists.

One of our artists, Layne Rowe, is an extremely gifted and experienced glass artist whose approach to colour, form and surface pattern has been deeply inspired by the Devon coastline.

His current preoccupation, has been evolving for several years, and is what he calls his ‘Woven Forms’. This series of work is a result of intricate layering of different pre-made coloured glass canes around a molten form that is twisted and, when cold, cut into with a diamond wheel, to reveal vibrant colours beneath the surface.  The effect is like water over precious stones or the rock with its glimmering colours beneath reflecting natural growth and corrosion.

The resulting pattern and texture of the pieces has an extraordinary complexity that demands the close attention of discerning viewers to discover the hidden secrets and subtle delicacy of their intricate detail.

‘I enjoy observing people’s reactions to my work, everything is up for interpretation, my work is diverse and complex and sometimes subversive. It invites you to look again and again.’  Find out more from Layne himself here:

Layne’s journey in glass began in 1994 during his degree course in 3D design at the University of Central Lancashire.  On graduating he worked at London Glassblowing for a number of years before moving to Brazil.  Whilst there he set up a glass studio and another in Hertfordshire before rejoining Peter Layton at the Leathermarket.  He has worked at London Glassblowing for over sixteen years ‘on and off’.

Layne’s work has been widely exhibited around the world, notably in the V&A’s ‘Power of Making’ exhibition and at Collect at the Saatchi Gallery in 2013 and 2014.  During 2014 he showed alongside Grayson Perry and Alexander McQueen in “Subversive Design”, at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

In 2015 Layne won the Design Award Bavarian State Prize in the category for cane overlay technique.

We’re delighted to have several pieces by Layne available at 17 West Street.   Do pop in and have a look.  We think you’ll agree that they are absolutely beautiful, and highly covetable!