In 2009, London-based artists Hannah Plumb and James Russell founded JAMESPLUMB a multi-disciplinary studio dedicated to found-object assemblage and a playful, irreverent amazing designs style.
The duo’s keen eye for lighting and acute attention to detail is recognizable across the permanent installations they’ve created for high-end retail stores—like Hostem and Aesop in London—and in one-off projects commissioned for public and private spaces.
JAMESPLUMB’s works often toe the line between a rough-hewn aesthetic and a streamlined, minimalist one.
For their often dark, Dickensian works JAMESPLUMB have been known to combines sofas or chairs with oak pew benches and blocks of concrete. To Love and To Cherish (2012) ), for example, is a rendering of a sofa but without cushions—they’ve been ripped out and replaced by concrete, cast to resemble a cushion. The remaining exposed frame is remarkably austere, skeletal even. While it could technically be sat upon, providing comfort is no longer its greatest asset.
In Plumb’s words, “we empathize with some objects… that command our attention… we’re drawn to pieces with character.”
JAMESPLUMB’s assemblages are most successful when marked by a dramatic juxtaposition of materials, textures, or weighted parts—like smooth wood and spindly steel, hefty concrete blocks and soft, lightweight cushions. Their bespoke sculptures are endowed with new functions, casting their significance as objects in a whole new light.