THE  |  CREATOR

Her innovative collections have received much recognition both nationally and abroad, and have been commended in receiving a number of awards in both design and craftsmanship, most notably the London Assay Office Special Gold Award, and the 3D Innovative Technology Design Gold Award from The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council.

Louise studied her BA (hons) Degree in Designed Metalwork & Jewellery under the tuition of the great Andreas Fabian MA (RCA) PhD, Elizabeth Callinicos MA (RCA) and Chris Green. Following her degree, Louise went onto train at the prestigious Bishopsland Workshops in Oxfordshire. It was from here that she explored and perfected the rare and difficult technique of combining silver and stainless steel, and where many feel she found her true signature.

Louise’s collections have grown to represent a strong sense of quality, equally in craftsmanship and design. “I continue to explore a pure aesthetic, a love of beautifully modest things, where objects and ideologies are taken back to their simplest form in both design and execution.”

THE  |  CONCEPT

Our brand ethos is of high quality, handcrafted and innovative designs that express themes of minimal aesthetics and perceived ambiguity, whilst pushing the boundaries of processes and techniques, and using recycled and responsibly sourced materials.

With two facets to Louise’s design career, one of modern tableware design, the other contemporary jewellery – Louise approaches them both with the same vigor and passion.

“My latest jewellery collection ALLORA has allowed me to explore design and fashion, together with the human form. ALLORA is a beautifully handcrafted jewellery collection inspired by the subtle details found in Italian architecture and décor observed during my travels throughout Italy. ALLORA signifies a purity of line and shape, alongside elements of subtle movement, creating an elegant and contemporary collection.

Louise’s tableware designs provoke questions and discussions as a consequence of their ambiguity, which in turn results in playfulness, enjoyment and excitement whether it be with the object itself, the meal being consumed or the company sharing the experience, or all of these at once. “Social dining and interaction with food fascinates me. My travels in Italy and their relationship with food and dining together has heavily inspired and influenced the concept and designs in my tableware collections”.

As a brand VAESSEN | WALKER not only has as keen focus on handmade skilled craftsmanship, but also customer experience, and our ethical responsibility. “I feel it is important to be at the forefront of my brand, building good relationships with both suppliers and clients. One of the greatest pleasures of being a designer maker is working to commission. It is a truly exciting, special and rewarding opportunity to work with a client on a special design. It is also an important factor for us to work with trusted suppliers, so we know the quality of the materials we are working with, and that they have been sourced ethically and sustainably. I am very proud that VAESSEN | WALKER was endorsed at the beginning of 2016 to produce designs in Fairtrade Gold and Recycled Silver. I feel working ethically and responsibly is key to producing something well – it enriches the people at the original source of production, right up to the end client…as Charlie Chaplin said ‘we think too much, and feel too little’.”