“With this year’s Sotheby’s at Sudeley Private Selling Exhibition, Material Worlds, we wanted to bring together a truly international and diverse collection of contemporary design which challenges the boundaries of what is art, design or craft and instead find all three colliding beautifully… The international group of artists in Material Worlds, and the unusual variety of materials they have incorporated into their works, have provided collectors with an intriguing and enjoyable experience in the magnificent ground of Sudeley.”

- Janice Blackburn


David Adjaye
b.1966
Giza
Hassan green granite
Conceived in 2007, this work is number 3 from an edition of 5 plus two artists proofs.
“David Adjaye is an architect whose work I admire greatly and when I discovered he’d made something for outdoors in granite I was very, very keen to have it at Sudeley because it’s very architectural and it’s very pure in form – it looks I think quite stunning.”

Omer Arbel
b.1976
19’S
Recycled copper
Conceived in 2007, this work is unique.
“Ormer Arbel is an architect, designer, craftsman and artist really. I saw his work for the first time in Milan. I thought it was very strong, very unusual, he really does transcend the boundary between architecture and product design.”

Laura Ellen Bacon
b.1976
Form of Intrigue
Willow
Conceived in 2011
“I had seen the work of Laura Bacon and I just fell in love with it. This incredible installation of woven ash twigs is a site-specific commission which evokes the nursery tale of Rapunzel, as twigs, like hair, cascade down the side of the castle ruin.”

Bokja Textile & Design
Est.2000
Bee Number One
Recycled metal, vintage fabric
Conceived in 2011, this work is unique.
“When I was in Milan in April at the furniture fair I saw these giant bees and I thought, ‘This just has to be at Sudeley, it’s perfect’. Bokja are a group of women who work as a cooperative in Lebanon. I can just see people really falling in love with them.”

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Tord Boontje
b.1968
Rain Table and Rain Chairs
Powdered steel
Conceived in 2011
“Tord is the professor of product design and furniture at the London Royal College of Art. His work is very delicate; it’s not fragile but it looks fragile. This outdoor furniture which is in metal is just very, very beautiful. It almost looks like it could be part of a tea party for Cinderella or someone from a fairytale.”

Abrose Burne
b.1978
Gate
Forged steel
Conceived in 2011, this work is unique.
“Ambrose Burne is very interesting. I met him at New Designers in London, which is an exhibition of work from art colleges all over the country. And he was one of the first graduates from a contemporary blacksmithing course. He has now gone from strength to strength and he does do commissions of all kinds of architectural objects made from metal.”

Paul Fryer
b.1963
The Kingdom
Solid T6 aluminium and oak.
Conceived in 2007, this work is number 1 from an edition of 2.
“Paul is many things. He’s an artist, a designer and he’s also a musician. The striking aluminium The Kingdom is a testament to all his talents.”

Paul Fryer
b.1963
Weighed, Counted, Divided
Neon, wax, steel
Conceived in 2011, this work is number 1 from an edition of 3.
“The small neon piece that Paul made is actually Hebrew lettering with a finger pointing at it. And you can hide it somewhere and come across it as a little surprise, which is what we’ve done at Sudeley.”

Stephen Johnson
b.1979
Now Isn’t That Lovely, Pooh
Now Isn’t That Lovely, Madam
Now Isn’t That Lovely, Owl
Mixed media
Conceived in 2011, these are unique works.
“Stephen Johnson is a really interesting, whimsical sculptor. I’ve shown his work at my exhibitions at Sotheby’s and they always make you smile. The title of his works Now Isn’t That Lovely is actually what his mother said when she first saw them and he kept that for the title of all his work.”

Amanda Levete
b.1955
Drift
Cement, crushed white limestone
Concieved in 2006
“Amanda Levete is an architect who I’ve known for a very long time. She’s a gutsy architect. I just knew I had to have this particular bench called the Drift bench. It’s made of concrete, it’s architectural, it’s incredibly elegant. I absolutely love it.”

Ingo Maurer
b.1932
LED Table
Glass, electrical lighting object
Conceived in 2011

Ingo Maurer
b.1932
J.B. Schmetterling
Glass, electrical lighting object
Conceived in 2011

“Ingo Maurer is an artist who works with light and is always surprising, always different. He designed the LED Table and then I found that he also made these two new lights with butterflies on the outside. Having installed them in the chapel, they take on a very wonderful appearance”

Andrea Salvetti
b.1967
Mazzolin di Fiori
Aluminum fusion
Conceived in 2011, this work is number 2 from an edition of 8.
“I saw the work of Andrea Salvetti in Milan at the furniture fair in April. It’s a bit like a sort of metallic igloo and I thought it would be a wonderful place to go and hide from the bothers and worries of the world and read a book. It’s very lovely and I think it looks great in this setting.”

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Material Worlds: Sotheby’s at Sudeley Castle runs from July 28 to September 30, 2011.