What quirkily unusual gift would delight a collector of curios, a fashionista with a penchant forpattern and a gardener with a good sense of humour? Answer: alimited-edition, hand-painted gnome (£170) by cult fashion brand EleyKishimoto.
It’s typical of cool, left-field design duo Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto that they’vechosen to celebrate 20 years in the business by producing, of all things, gnomes, each painted in their London studio with thecompany’s signature Flash print. Standing 30cm tall, the ceramic figuresoriginally featured in their London Fashion Week spring/summer 2013presentation, and are now available in a numbered edition of 101, from Saturday December1 (though, sadly for those looking to enliven their gardens, they are for indoor use only).
As well as their ownfashion collections, Eley Kishimoto’s vibrant, intelligent prints have beenparaded up and down the world’s catwalks, thanks to creative collaborations withLouis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Alber Elbaz and Jil Sander.The duo’s adventurous approach to print design has earned them a reputation foraesthetic verve, and alongside their sartorial projects they have also createdproducts suited to chic domestic settings, including dynamic wallpapers,furnishing fabrics, glassware and crockery, alongside workfor the automotive, architectural and electronic industries.
As the companycontinues to develop its intriguing design aesthetic and make its mark in theinternational creative arena, these gnomes function as playfully collectableartworks celebrating a significant moment in its evolution, as well asdelightful, odd gifts.