Loewe Mouseman bowl.
Loewe creative director Jonathan Anderson’s penchant for promoting cult artists is witnessed again in this quirky bowl inspired by the late Robert “Mouseman” Thompson, whose moniker reflects his furniture brand’s signature mouse carvings. It is part of Loewe’s 2017 Salone del Mobile collection, which pays homage to craft techniques and art forms. This modest yet expertly carved display piece is bound to be a crowd favourite!
Made of solid, naturally seasoned English oak, the bowls are handcarved by craftsmen in Robert Thompson’s workshop in Yorkshire, the UK.
On this collection, Jonathan said: “It’s a collage of different bits of information: Canework, English carpentry, knitted murals. I like the idea that fashion can explode into the household, bringing different artisans together to design new physical forms and apply craft in a home.”
Ceramicist Tomoo Hamada and leather artisan Jose Luis Bazan are just some of the interesting artists who have worked with Jonathan.
Each artisan at Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen – including the great-great grandson of Robert Thompson, Simon Cartwright (pictured) – has a distinctive style of carving mice, but only a trained eye can tell who carved it.
It takes about 45 minutes to carve a mouse – and you’ll ﬁnd at least one on every piece of Robert Thompson furniture!