A conversation with Robyn & Joel on Ceramics

The last time we uploaded a blog piece on our ceramics lighting range, it generated a lot of interest. So we thought seeing as we have just extended our range of ceramics and added 10 new variants, we’d talk to Robyn and Joel to get a better sense of how a Collection is extended.

Bloomingdales blog A conversation with Robyn & Joel on Ceramics
The last time we uploaded a blog piece on our ceramics lighting range, it generated a lot of interest. So we thought seeing as we have just extended our range of ceramics and added 10 new variants, we’d talk to Robyn and Joel to get a better sense of how a Collection is extended.

Christina asked the questions:

Q: Tell us about the Ceramics Collection. How does it shape the Bloomingdales range?

RK: Ceramics play an important strategic role in the overall Bloomingdales Collection. Firstly because they are well priced and have wide appeal to a broad range of design clients, and secondly, because they’re fun!! I particularly love experimenting with custom shades. These bases are a great backdrop for a beautiful ticking, a floral, for textured fabrics and allow for experimentation in terms of trims, scallops, pleating.

JK: Not to forget that we have excellent relationships with supply partners, whose factories are more like artisanal studios, and who are flexible in terms of being able to deliver just about anything that we ask for. It's always rewarding collaborating with them and it shows in the end product.


Q: So, talking about the design aesthetics, i.e. form and shape, where do you begin when you are introducing new pieces?

JK: It’s really a case of keeping our eye very closely attuned to the trends, either by going to the international Fairs, like High Point in the USA (American design is so on-point for our market), Milan or Paris. And Rob is always checking out sources (Instagram, magazines, local and international) and bringing them forward to the team.

RK: Trade Fairs will be on pause for the foreseeable future .. so for now there’ll be ongoing scanning of other design data sources. It's almost as good as travelling, not as much fun but definitely more relaxing!!!

JK: And then of course our factories are a great source of design inspiration, because they are manufacturing for all of the leading global markets – they get stimulation from everyone around the world and we benefit from this.

RK:  Another important source of inspiration is our Clients. We get great direction by what you all tell us and we are always happy to hear about a new colour or a form that you think we are missing.



Q: Talking about colours specifically– how do you select?

RK: We’ve learnt so much since buying this business. We know that the classical colours – cream crackle for example will always appeal. But then we like to spice it up and even push the boundaries a bit, with colours that we ourselves love. We introduced pink a little while back – no one was doing it then – and now we have just added a new shape and a new tone of pink.  When we first bought the business, we selected a red that I personally loved, but no one else did…

JK: I saw this amazing “Tuscan” Green colour at our factory – and just knew that it would work. But when we’re finalising on colours and shapes, I have to say we’re pretty democratic in the office. And we take on board the opinions and preferences of you (Christina), Jenny, Fiona and the warehouse guys!



Finally, I asked Robyn and Joel which piece from our new ceramics range was our favourite...see their answers below!