Richard Ginori in collaboration with Luke Edward Hall
Discover the inspiration behind "Il viaggio di Nettuno" collection.
Luke Edward Hall
Luke Edward Hall is a London-based designer and artist whose colourful aesthetic is informed by a love of history and a sense of playfulness. After studying menswear fashion design at Central Saint Martins and working for a renowned architectural and interior designer for two years, Luke established his studio in the autumn of 2015, and since then has worked on a broad range of art and design commissions and interior design projects. As well as creating his own ceramics, fabrics, furniture and accessories, over the past 3 years he has collaborated with a variety of companies and institutions including Burberry, Christie’s and the Royal Academy of Arts. Among his recent projects Luke has produced a limited edition wine label with Berry Bros. & Rudd, embroidered slippers with Stubbs & Wootton, table lines with Summerill & Bishop, jewellery with Lucy Folk and men’s clothing and ceramics with Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano. Luke has exhibited his artwork in London and has contributed to a wide range of magazines including Cabana, House & Garden and Pleasure Garden. In March 2019 he joined the Financial Times as a columnist, answering readers’ questions on aesthetics, interior design and stylish living. Vogue.com described Luke as “the interior design world’s wunderkind”.
Il Viaggio di Nettuno
Fashion, art and history often share a common path that leads us to travel through time and our imagination. Inspired by the designer’s love of Greco-Roman mythology, the Viaggio di Nettuno collection represents a creative vision where classical dialogues with modern. Luke Edward Hall’s world is a kaleidoscope of colours that infuse a unique collection of porcelains with personality. The protagonist is Neptune, the Roman god of the sea, along with other mythological characters such as his wife Salacia, and his son Arion, who plays a golden harp as he rides astride a dolphin. Luke Edward Hall rewrites the codes of antiquity and everything is harmonious and studied in meticulous detail: busts and heads adorned with crowns, coral and shells decorate plates, placeholders, teacups, teapots, oval trays and mugs and bring to mind ancient bronze statues. The gods, their billowing mantles caught by the ocean winds, and chariots pulled by seahorses decorate the porcelain imbued with personality by bold, unexpectedly intense colours. This reworking of the past in a modern vein is also translated into very special objects such as the Mediceo vase with handles that recall a mermaid’s tail, and a quirky candleholder composed of three shells. Enchanting and maximalist, the extravagant interpretation of the Viaggio di Nettuno collection offers an escape from the hackneyed white cliché of minimalism.