Stephanie Tudor is fascinated by nature and obsessed with texture. Creating handcrafted, bespoke surfaces for interiors and architecture, she designs to encourage stronger connections between the natural and urban landscape. Working between both art and functional design, the surfaces she creates are engaging and evocative.
“I try to create surfaces that invite touch,” explains Stephanie. “I feel we are becoming more and more detached from our natural environment, surrounded by the sterile and unsympathetic materials of the technological age. I believe there is a growing desire for more tactility, and a reconnection with the raw beauty found in nature”.
Stephanie is driven to create surfaces imbued with narrative and a sense of play, which both connect us with our immediate surroundings and reconnect us with the natural environment. She works with intriguing combinations of forgotten building materials, by-products of industrial processes and locally sourced natural fibres to challenge our preconceptions of the conventional uses of these materials. Once these are cast within high performance composite plasters that appear as delicate as porcelain, she strips away layers to expose carefully composed hidden elements and hand carved designs inspired by geology, ecology and the rhythms and chaos of nature.
Stephanie has three distinct collections within her surface designs, each focusing on different tactile qualities. Crag utilises coarse aggregates and waste materials, Fibril uses soft yarns and fibres, and Varve features hand carved crevices and undulations. The designs are hugely versatile, and Stephanie thrives on being able to realise clients’ ideas when they come to her with their own unique vision of utilising her surface designs. Having already produced collections of side tables, bespoke wall panels and interior products, Stephanie is now embarking on large-scale projects including bar tops and kitchen work surfaces. Aiming towards architectural applications, Stephanie welcomes commissions and collaborative work, and dreams of creating whole immersive environments within our urban landscape to bring a sense of escapism and play to our daily lives.