The Paris House Seasonal Showcase

One of the key features of the recently refurbished restaurant is an art wall that showcases a seasonal edit of food related art – which is for sale.

This season Paris House is working with textile designer Amanda Cobbett, bespoke furniture designer Jane Crisp, the internationally acclaimed turner and sculptor Joey Richardson, Nick Barberton, a bespoke furniture maker, with future works coming from Claire Malet & Penkridge Ceramics.

Paris House’s Head of Brand & Marketing says, “I am really keen to speak to local artists and craftsmen to get them involved in this space. Many of our guests are keen art lovers and our goal is to have a space that supports local craftspeople and creates a seasonally changing display that our guests will enjoy and ultimately buy from. I would encourage local artists to get in touch.”

Amanda Cobbett is an artist and professional textile designer with over 20 years of experience. Amanda trained as a printed textile designer at UAL Chelsea and is now based in the Surrey Hills.

Her love of mark making techniques which have evolved from paper into stitch are the basis from which each piece of work is created, this combined with colour, intricacy and composition all play their part in the creative process. Each piece of work is displayed in a contemporary version of the Victorian display case which promises to amuse and delight!

 Radish. £750

Jane Crisp works from her home in her studio and new workshop surrounded by beautiful countryside in Hale Fen, Cambridgeshire.

She loves the qualities of natural materials like wool, wood, copper and brass and experiments with the mythologies of amplifying traditional techniques in a contemporary way. Jane’s small batches of steam bent Ash Copper vessels form nature’s carriers or trugs. The inspiration for these practical and sculptural object comes from the Norfolk reeds and draws on her creative personal connections with local heritage and low tech processes. Her developed craft practise is inspired by historic boat building techniques and copper fixings.

‘Trug’ – ash, brass and copper. £175

Joey Richardson, an internationally acclaimed turner and sculptor, is renowned for her delicate and richly hued wood forms. Born in Lincolnshire, she grew up on a small farm. Here, surrounded by trees, her love for wood, fauna and flora developed.

Her unique sculptures are inspired by nature, life experiences and imagination. She works predominantly in the medium of wood, but often incorporates cast glass, metal and photography into her creations.

Whenever possible Joey uses reclaimed timber, personally sculpting each individual piece on a lathe, with the cutting, shaping and sanding all controlled with the eye. New innovative techniques; piercing, colour, texture and artwork are added for greater originality.

‘BiT’ – reclaimed sycamore, acrylic colours. £1,300

Nick Barberton was born near Cape Town in 1946 and grew up in a seaside village. He went to Johannesburg College of Art where he gained a diploma in Industrial Design. He started work as a designer and draftsman but soon started working for himself making wooden furniture.

Through the ’70s and ’80s Nick worked building traditional Dutch Sailing Barges and yachts, a Craft teacher and an Occupational therapist. From 1987 he was a full time self employed woodworker making furniture and undertaking carvings to commission, turning wooden bowls for craft shops and Galleries.

Now based in Hampshire, Nick’s work is seen in Winchester Cathedral, Goodwood and the gates at Artsway. He took part in Chelsea Craft Fair 1999 to 2005 and Origin 2006-07 showing long carved vessels and was selected by the Crafts Council in 1999.

Nick is a wood advisor for The Craft Study Centre. He was an Artist in Residence at Schovenhorst in the Netherlands for the ‘Boom en Beeld’ wood carving festival in 2003. He was resident at the Jam Factory in Adelaide in 2007 where he developed the ‘Splash Stool’. He has shown at Chelsea Craft Fair, Origin, Made and Art in Action.


Rippled Walnut arc, facet. £688