Thank you for visiting our Featured Designers section. Decoratum is always on the lookout for ‘The Next Big Thing’ in the world of contemporary design and we are pleased to say that we have successfully brought many designers into the spotlight through our dedicated exhibitions.
We look for contemporary designers that offer something different, something that sets them apart from the mainstream design; designers who offer exciting and evocative pieces. If you are a designer and feel you can provide what we are looking for, please feel free to contact us.
Decoratum is proud to introduce our exclusive designers.
Pete Carling, son of antiques dealer Roger Carling, first developed his eye for art and design while helping his father set up his stand at the Olympia exhibitions during the 1980s. This awakened a desire to immerse himself in the world of design, which started with a complete re-training in the art of furniture design and production.
A year of cabinet making at the London College of Furniture in 1996 was followed by a three year "Furniture Design and Craftsmanship” degree at Chiltern University which Carling passed with a First and two special commendations
Carling spent the next 12 years working as a cabinet maker and running his own woodworking business, slowly building up a select client-base for whom he made bespoke modern furniture, drawing much of his inspiration from both George Nakashima and Wendell Castle.
He has developed his own specific style which is defined by the use of a variety of both natural and engineered materials. Carling combines these materials in such a way that he successfully displays the beauty of each individual material alongside the greater creation.
Carling is, at heart, an Artist. His medium is furniture and his challenge is to have his unique pieces recognised as art while still retaining their function. We can think of no better application for the term “Functional Art”.
Lefort’s decision to become a designer was inspired by the furniture of Jean Royere in his family home in France.
After finishing his studies in cabinet making at the renowned Institut de St Luc in Tournai where he specialised in design, he went on to complete his training in the workshops of cabinet makers, interior decorators, and upholsterers in Brussels where he was motivated by his desire to learn new techniques in the decorative arts. These apprenticeships gave him a thorough grounding and an enviable technical knowledge in the art of cabinet making. This, combined with his commitment to the highest levels of craftsmanship which Lefort brings to his contemporary designs, continues a long tradition of French cabinetry.
Each collection Lefort produces contains his cultural heritage reinterpreted for the modern form to create a minimal, yet often sensual design. Inspired by architecture and with the rigorous techniques of the cabinet maker, Lefort’s pieces are characterised by the subtle blending of their elements, the quality of the finish and the combinations of materials.
Ducatteau is an artist and creator of contemporary furniture working primarily with sheet metal.
Although his furniture is about the aesthetic, he never forgets the functional aspects of his pieces. His approach is sculptural, using a pleasurable mix of ergonomics and curves to generate an emotional, almost sensual response in the viewer.
The metals Ducatteau uses take on an almost ebony-like effect thanks to the well-worked patinas that he produces, often treating the metal with acids or minerals. Each piece is produced to the same rigorous standards that you would expect from someone with the skills of a wrought iron metal worker combined with the impossibly high standards of an artist. His work has developed over time, moving from a more decorative style to simpler creations where he has distilled the very basic essence of design into deceptively pure, functional works of art.
A recurring device or theme of his work method is the accumulation or repetition of relatively basic elements whose very repetition creates a rhythm which provides direction for his creativity processes.