Name: Alexander Lamont
Company: Alexander Lamont Limited
Position within company: Creative Director
Website: www.alexanderlamont.com or blog.alexanderlamont.com
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
My training in design came from my upbringing working in my father’s company, Global Village. I would accompany him on buying trips around the world where we would select wonderful handcrafted pieces of folkart, artefacts, homeware, furniture and lighting. This trained my eye and hand in understanding colour, texture, form but most of all materials, patina, skilled craftsmanship and character.
At university I studied Thai language and culture, and anthropology. I then worked with Asian antiques in Hong Kong for a number of years before I started my own business in Thailand designing and making my own collections of furniture, lighting, wallcoverings and objects using precious and natural materials: bronze, gold leaf, natural lacquer, straw marquetry, shagreen and parchment.
How would you describe your personal design style?
Timeless design led by opulent and rare materials and the places where they meet
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Ancient and organic inspirations with a modernist sensitivity
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Evermore eclectic and personal approaches as a reflection of the fragmentary world and societies we live in
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
- Quality of craftsmanship,
- Character of materials,
- Preference of natural materials that age beautifully over synthetic materials that deteriorate fast;
- Curating rather than acquiring;
- Courage to go beyond.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
I am not an interior designer but if I were I would approach the space like a choir master – combining wonderful strong voices in the carpets, furniture and lighting sections to make the space sing.
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
The International Design and Architecture Awards are important because they provide a platform for individual product designers, interior designers and architects to showcase the evermore eclectic and personal approaches to design that we see across the industry. This is important as a way of acknowledging the richness of the design and architecture world and the layers of ideas and influences in today’s best projects.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am working on a collection of statement accessories for launch in Fall as well as on our next collection of furniture and lighting for Spring 2021.
In addition our retail offering of gift and homewares is a continuous work in progress with a strong Christmas collection planned for later this year.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To look at instagramm less and to draw more – pencil on paper!
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession?
A pair of Burmese deer dating around 1880
Your favourite holiday destination?
Nuwarelya in Sri Lanka
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
Le Royal, Phnom Penh, Eat Me Bangkok, The Working Boat Falmouth UK
Your favourite book, film & song?
Morality Play by Barry Unsworth, The Third Man, Shelter of your Arms Peace like a River by Paul Simon
Your favourite food and drink?
Anything from Ottolenghi’s cookbooks, Tribute Cornish Pale Ale
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
Going sailing with my family
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
A mountain guide in the Lake District
Alexander Lamont Limited have been shortlisted for Table Award and Seating Award in The International Design & Architecture Awards.
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