Demeyere Design

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In addition to our superior an innovative technologies, Demeyere also realises that the aesthetic presentation of our products is very important. Cooking materials should not only work efficiently but should also be pleasing to the eye and decorative, on the table as well as in the kitchen. Demeyere has always worked with nationally and internationally renowned designers to this end. The result is continually fresh, beautiful, stylish cooking gear of top quality being produced and offered to our customers.

Demeyere John Pawson

Renowned British architect John Pawson

John Pawson has been designing buildings and objects for more than twenty-five years, with work realised on four continents for a wide range of clients and covering a breadth of scales and programmes. From the beginning his approach to making architecture has drawn comparisons with the art movement known as Minimalism.

More helpful, perhaps, is its characterisation as an attitude to space, light and proportion. Pawson grew up in Yorkshire in the north of England, with four older sisters. On finishing school he worked in the family textile business, before moving to Japan where he spent four years teaching English and travelling around the country, ending up in Tokyo where he visited the studio of the Japanese designer, Shiro Kuramata.

He enrolled at the Architecture Association shortly after his return to London, but left following only a brief period of study to take up the commissions which were already coming in. Although his work has been described as having an abstract quality, it is rigorously grounded in a precise understanding of the grain of everyday life.

Whether a house, store, gallery, bridge, monastery or cookpot, for Pawson the fundamental challenge is always the same: how people, space and objects may be brought into harmony with one another.

The work

John Pawson’s career began quietly in the early 1980s, with a series of small domestic projects.

The contrast of these pared down designs with mainstream aesthetic trends at the time was marked; here was work whose roots lay in the successive expressions of simplicity which have formed a consistent component of both Eastern and Western traditions.

In the mid 1990s the profile of the work was changed forever by two key commercial commissions; for the Cathay Pacific Wing of Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport and for Calvin Klein’s first flagship store in Manhattan.

In 2004, an approach to design long described as monastic culminated in the consecration of a new monastery in Bohemia for a community of Cistercian Trappist monks. Two years later a bridge across the lake opened to the public at London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Houses and the objects which go in them remain the staple of Pawson’s work.

Pawson’s own family house in London perfectly illustrates his belief that domestic space can be uncompromisingly shaped to reflect and support the rituals of everyday life.

Demeyere John Pawson

Heart of the house The pan

A museum director once said of my work, "Everything starts with the kitchen". What he meant was that houses are the heart of the work and kitchens are the heart of the houses.

My collaboration with Demeyere started with the idea of providing these most important of contemporary living spaces with a set of core equipment which would combine functional sophistication with the highest design values. A pan might seem like a very straightforward object to design, but the reality is that smallness of scale does not equate with lack of complexity.

The union of form and function must be seamless. There would have been no point in identifying the perfect simple profile, for example, if the lip did not pour well. Visual comfort would likewise lose its value if the pan did not feel good in the hand.

I knew I could leave the more specialised technical issues to the team at Demeyere. My efforts have focused on the shape of the body and on the detail and angle of the junction between body and handle. My goal has been something which looked different, but right, equally at home over a flame or on a table – modern but not modish and thus liable to lose its freshness quickly.

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Designer Nedda El-Asmar

Belgian designer Nedda El-Asmar

Nedda El-Asmar studied jewellery design and silversmithing at the Royal Academy for Fine Arts in Antwerp and at the Royal College of Art in London.

Since March 2008 she has been working together with designer Erik Indekeu. She works for, among others, Hermès, Puiforcat, Eternum, Gense, Villeroy & Boch, Robbe & Berking and Carl Mertens. Nedda has already won many awards with her designs. In 2007 she won the Henry van de Velde Award for Young Talent and was proclaimed "Belgian Designer of the Year".

In 2009 she was nominated for the second time for "Talents du Luxe" and awarded the prestigious Cultuurprijs Vlaanderen (Culture Prize Flanders) for Design. Since 2007 Nedda has been teaching at the Royal Academy for Fine Arts in Antwerp.