“I feel that I have lived two lifetimes caught up in the decorative arts.”
Alexander Lamont’s designs are infused with vitality, soul and character and with a sense that, like the people who created them, they have come on a journey of discovery. I feel that I have lived two lifetimes caught up in the decorative arts. The first encompasses my childhood years in England, and the second the almost twenty years that I have lived in Asia.
At the age of four my father started a family business that brought a world of colour, smell, texture and form into my life. Crates filled with folkart, antiques and handicrafts made from strange and beautiful materials journeyed from across Asia, Africa and Latin America to the small English village where I grew up. The things I create today are rooted in that experience of travel, smell and touch. They are made with materials that are worked by hand, that have a story to their process and an energy to their surface. I do not sit down to ‘design products’. Ideas emerge from the meeting of my experiences and the materials themselves.