In 2014 award-winning British artists Sarah Emily Porter and James Trundle discussed how their individual practices could form a makers’ collective, but it wasn’t until 2019 that they set up Porter + Trundle, working from a South London workshop. Porter + Trundle create design objects that exist both as functional entities and artistic sculptures. Inspired by abstract colour-field artists and the methodologies of master craftsmen and women, their work combines contemporary colour and form with traditional methods of fabrication. They are particularly interested in the exploration of new and sustainable materials.
Presenting a fusion of colour, form and craftsmanship, Porter + Trundle are a well-balanced duo. Their innovative and bespoke approach to design produces visually challenging and technically complex objects that are simultaneously unique works of art. Working to an individual’s brief, Porter + Trundle form close working relationships with architects, interior designers, retailers, private collectors and brands, to create unique, high quality objects. As talented designers and makers Porter + Trundle work from initial design concept through to fabrication and installation, with the added bonus of everything being produced in-house.
In 2019, Porter + Trundle won the London Festival of Architecture City Benches Competition which saw their London Underground inspired bench installed outside Bank Station and the Royal Exchange. They also won the Richard Seager Annual Arts Award, which involved making and installing their winning sensory pergola design for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice in Dorset. In 2020, they have participated in the Craft Council Hothouse talent programme.