Alex Bernard

Alex Bernard Limited

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

Applying new ideas to traditional functions is a design challenge that keeps my interest firmly in the niche silverware market. Silver being an extremely versatile material allows the designer-maker to produce one-off objects or small batch runs using small numbers of tools/machinery.All the objects I design have great aesthetic appeal and tactile qualities. The tactility is so important in objects handled on a regular basis. The aesthetic ideas I achieve through the use of brightly coloured materials for which I am well known.Creating exciting ranges of work is ongoing :1.The ERGO range includes the highly distinctive ERGO hip flask made famous through winning various awards and regularly appearing in the press. 2.The BALL collection was formed from the inspirational use of the snooker ball - available in various sizes and bright colours it lent itself perfectly to being mixed with silver. The ball could be used in practical & decorative ways for handles (corkscrews), lids (mustard pots) and joined together (candlesticks). 3.The DOUGHNUT shaped objects. The award winning example being the Doughnut Watercolour Paint box which is a clean & simple design idea with specially designed catch & hinge for ease of use as well as complimenting the overall shape.

Awards:

2003 Silver & Commended Awards at The Goldsmiths Crafts Council Competition 2000 Commended at the Goldsmiths' Crafts Council Competition 1996/7 Goldsmiths BJA & Jerwood Prizes while at London Guildhall University. Commended at the Goldsmiths' Crafts Council Competition

Education:

June 1997 Advanced Craft Level City & Guilds June 1996 Craft Level City & Guilds

Exhibitions:

2003 February Exhibited at Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair with the Silver Gallery July Exhibited in 'The Love Story' Exhibition at Goldsmiths' Hall with the 'Doughnut' Watercolour Paint Box representing the first year wedding anniversary (PAPER) October 2003 Exhibited at the 21st Goldsmiths Fair, London 2002 January Exhibited at Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, Cornwall with the ABDS February Exhibited at Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair with the Silver Gallery October Exhibited at Goldsmiths Fair, London Exhibited at Chelsea Crafts Fair, London December Exhibited at The ABDS Silver Show, London 2001 February Exhibited at Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair with the Silver Gallery October Exhibited at Chelsea Crafts Fair, London December Exhibited at Keith Lippert Gallery, Washington DC, USA with the ABDS 2000 February Exhibited at Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair with the Silver Gallery June Exhibited at Olympia 20th Century Art & Design Fair, London with the ABDS October Exhibited at Chelsea Crafts Fair, London November Exhibited in The ABDS Silver Show at Leighton House, London 1999 September Exhibited at Silver in Motion, Netherlands with the ABDS

Publications:

October 2003: Press coverage in The World of Interiors with the Ball Collection. September 2003:Press coverage with the Tab Tea Set in:Collections International Art & Culture, What's On in London, The Times T2 Section Press coverage in 9 to 5 and Midweek with the ERGO. Ball Corkscrew, Doughnut Paintbox. August 2003:Press coverage in The Observer 'Cash' Section with Canon Canteen. Press coverage in The Wall Street Journal Europe with the Ergo. June 2003:Press coverage in Homes & Property section of the Evening Standard with the 'Doughnut' Watercolour Paint Box. December 2002:Press coverage with the ##ABDS# in Homes & Property section of the Evening Standard with Mistletoe Christmas Tree decorations November 2001:Press coverage in The Washington Post with the Ergo January 2001:Press coverage with the Silver Gallery in Country Life with ball mills, ergo and fish cufflinks December 2000:Press coverage with the Silver Gallery in BBC Gardens Illustrated with the Ergo. November 2000:Press coverage with the Silver Gallery in the How to Spend It section of the Financial Times with the Ergo October 2000:Press coverage in the Evening Standard with snooker ball range


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    Holly Wreath

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    Shot gun salt & pepper shakers

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    Doughnut watercolour paint box

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    Double Skinned Bowl

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    TAB Tea Set

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    Cylindrical Water Jug

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    ERGO hip flask

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    '8' Ball Pepper Grinder

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    Ball Corkscrew

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    Ball Candlesticks

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    Ball Cruet Set

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