25 Sep Emma Britton – Decorative Glass Designer
Nottinghamshire based decorative glass designer Emma Britton is certainly making a name for herself within the glass industry. With her fresh new take on traditional methods, vibrant, punchy colour palettes and striking designs, Britton is re-imagining the way in which we think about glass within interior design. With her imaginative designs, which include splash backs for kitchens and bathrooms alongside decorative glass, panels and smaller glass accessories are re-defining our way of thinking about the possibilities of glass design.
Before starting her studio in 2010, Britton graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Printed Textile Design. This then led her to work directly within the glass industry before an Enterprise Grant allowed her to start her own home-based Nottingham studio from which she creates all of her pieces. The designers distinctive floral designs and vibrant, often bright colour palettes have become somewhat of a trademark for Britton whose inspiration comes from the patterns of nature within British suburbia. From glimpses of brightly coloured plants seen on an every day basis to a colour palate that can be inspired from a wide variety of sources whether it be the colour of a front door or the colour of a retro car. Britton is inspired by what she calls ‘a typically British quirkiness’ and it is indeed this quintessential British quirk that is something that is abundantly clear throughout the designers work.
Britton’s debut collection was her ‘Up the Garden Path’ range, a collection of splash backs with the designers signature bold floral’s which featured Poppies, Sweet Peas, Hydrangeas and Foxgloves. The vibrant collection epitomises Britton’s creative aesthetic with brightly coloured backgrounds mingling with large floral patterns, which are painstakingly hand painted by Britton before being manufactured using toughened glass. The bold statement pieces redefine what we may think when we consider the ordinarily block coloured, fairly standard kitchen or bathroom splash backs that already exist and Britton’s work allows a literal splash of colour with a panel that is still ultimately a functional piece.
Another of Britton’s notable ranges is her ‘Maple’ collection; a collection that uses a much more muted colour palate than she usually works with. The collection is the perfect correlation between the traditional and the modern, with patterns inspired by traditional Nottingham lace alongside patterns from vintage china, the much more geometric, repeated patterns create a contemporary look while still being firmly rooted in all things vintage. Britton’s trademark hand painted floral’s have not entirely disappeared from the collection, but in this case, more brightly coloured flowers are contrasted with the more neutral coloured backgrounds which creates an almost pressed flower effect, which again adds to the vintage aesthetic of the panels.
The designer does not exclusively work with splash backs however and has collaborated with Nottingham based furniture designer Jack Mathieson on a small collection of variously sized tables. The collection combines polished Birch plywood which forms the frame with glass table tops designed by Britton which are inspired again by patterns found in traditional Nottingham lace. There is an interesting contrast created by the delicate frosted patterns that permeate the clear glass table tops and the more natural texture of the wooden frame that is visible beneath. The tables which vary from coffee tables to a console table, which has a top that is shaped like four petals showcases the sheer skill and craftsmanship of the two designers whose very different aesthetics work in harmony with each other.
Emma Britton has most recently exhibited her work at the 100% Design Show in London in mid-September and continues to design from her studio in Nottingham from which she creates not only her own designs but bespoke commission work for clients.