Ian McIntyre is a British designer who employs a mixture of industrial design and craft skills in his work. He is known for his elegant simple forms, exceptional attention to detail and in-depth research. His redesign of the iconic British Brown Betty Tea Pot was nominated for the London Design Museum’s prestigious Design of the Year 2018 awards and has been showcased at Vitsoe and Margaret Howell.
Ian is behind our ceramics collection; timeless tabletop essentials, meticulously crafted to have a place in everyday life.
How would you describe your design aesthetic and where do you look for inspiration?
In all my work, I aim for refined utility – objects that work well and have an understated visual language – in the hope that this might help them withstand the test of time.
Working directly with the material is a source of unending inspiration (and frustration). I’m particularly interested in other designers who work at the confluence of craft and industrial design, such as Japanese designer Sori Yanagi.
What qualities would you say define your work?
What makes the Monoware collection distinctive?
Can you tell us about the production process?
How do you bridge craftsmanship and industrial design?
And to finish...
What is your favourite piece in the Monoware collection?
What is your favourite meal to cook?
I have recently gone gluten free so lemon polenta cake!
What tool could you not live without and why?
Sori Yanagi’s kettle because it reminds me of how I want to work
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Portrait of Ian & hand with clay by Jake Curits