RORY DOBNER

If you have walked down Piccadilly recently and looked up at Fortnum & Mason, you will have seen that the venerable department store is currently shrouded in a giant hoarding, covered in the most wonderful line drawing. This imaginative way to cover up ongoing construction is the work of the English artist Rory Dobner. In addition to the façade of the building, he has also created a line of teaware exclusively for Fortnum & Mason, which also features his intricate  ink drawing of the store.

I’ve long admired his exquisite line drawings, (I’ve lots of pieces – including this candle cache pot) and last year visited Rory and his interior designer wife Claire, who also runs the business, along with their interiors and design studio Ink House London, in their glorious house and studio just up the road from me in Hampstead.

Rory Dobner Studio

Rory Dobner Studio

Born in England in 1978, Rory Dobner studied Fine Art foundation at Chelsea School of Art & Design before taking his BA at Central St.Martin’s School of Art & Design. In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious title of Burns Young Artist of the Year.

Rory Dobner Studio

Rory Dobner Studio

Rory Dobner Studio

Rory Dobner Studio

Rory Dobner Studio

Rory Dobner Studio

Knowing Rory’s work well, one of the joys was seeing how many of his iconic illustrations had their genesis. Much of it is about the juxtaposition of unlikely  salvaged objects, which he collects, and keeps around the studio.

Rory Dobner Studio

So the beetle and clock (above) become a glass domed paperweight (below).

Rory Dobner Studio

It’s the playing about with vintage pieces he picks up that inform so much of how work, as Rory told me, playing with a pack of old dominoes.

Rory Dobner Studio

Rory Dobner Studio

Rory Dobner Studio

As well as Fortnums, Liberty are a great supporter of Rory’s work, and I headed there last week to take a look.

RORY DOBNER

One of the things I admire about Liberty’s merchandising is the way in which they integrate their buy throughout the store. so, if you know Rory’s work, you you can spot it all over  several floors. So scatter cushions in one corner on the fourth floor…

RORY DOBNER

But the real treat is an entire corner dedicated to his homeware on Gifts on the third floor. This you do not need to hunt for:

RORY DOBNER

There is a wide selection of his Intricate Ink drawings, his trademark initial tiles, and lots of fabulous china.

RORY DOBNER

Clearly I’m a big fan of the letter D.

RORY DOBNER

RORY DOBNER

As well as selling in store, Rory also undertakes individual commissions, (of any scale, whether you wanted to commission a letterhead or cover your house or store Fortnums-style) and the details are all on his website here

Rory Dobner Studio

Rory Dobner at Liberty

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5 comments

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Oh wow! These are stunning!! Definitely popping down to Piccadilly on my lunch break. I love the rabbit wine corks! x

Katy | Little Miss Katy

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That’s brilliant. I love the cat with the monocle. Thanks for introducing me to his work.

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I discovered his letter tiles on the liberty website some months and have been planning a downstairs loo basin splashback ever since. They are just lovely. Fx

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Cool creative things! Very nice post :))

Lu, http://www.balgarka.co.uk

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There is nothing like stepping into the lovely world of LLG to send you full force into a bubble of envy and giddiness! I woke up, for some reason checked my blog for the first time in what felt like just a couple of months, realised I hadn’t posted since last May, fainted with shock, saw a lovely comment from you and very slowly, started feeling all bloggy-nostalgic and here I am. And now all I want are Fortnum and Mason chocolate orange squares. Not just a few, a bucket of them! And to blog again and never abandon it again ever. So pleased I popped my head around the door to have a read.

Gorgeous post as per LLG. Mwah xxx

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