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Introducing Above & Beyond

New multi disciplinary design brand for the home Above & Beyond launched at Home London last month and includes the fab Dinner Time plates

Launching at Home London last month was the debut collection of new home design brand Above & Beyond.

Above & Beyond produce striking, contemporary home accessories that span textiles, ceramics and prints. The clean lines and linear forms reveal a fascination with exploring shapes and pattern to create unexpected geometric surface designs.

Above & Beyond is the new venture of designer Claudia Pape, who up until now had worked with a number of prestigious brands including Claridge’s and Connaught Hotel, Arts Council and Crafts Council to Mulberry and Victoria Beckham. Above & Beyond has been created to showcase and expand the solo projects Pape has worked on.

The debut collection, which launched at Home London as part of the Confessions of a Design Geek bursary stand, will include the Between The Lines tea towels and prints, Dinner Time plates and the Together pillowcases. The range carries a strong graphic identity with an undercurrent of playfulness.

The Dinner Time Plates are another great example of thoughtful well-chosen details. Originally created as a playful approach to teach children to tell the time, the plates have come a long way since their inception. The honed design plays on the beauty of simple black lines on a white surface. The plates, which are available in four designs, Zurich, London, Vienna and Moscow (shown left to right), come as sets of two to allow for them to create a clock that can be set to the time of your breakfast, lunch or dinner.

There are also The Together pillowcases and the Between The Lines tea towels. The latter began as a project to explore shape solely through pattern, by removing all traces of shadow. The image of crumpled fabric on a smooth piece of fabric pushes the surface design towards a state of semi-optical illusion. Between The Lines is also available as an unframed print. By playing with the graphic Pape found that she was able to impressively capture the detail of the type of fabric on the finished graphic. The prints Canvas and Jersey clearly illustrate this.

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