Curiousa & Curiousa design and manufacture hand-blown glass lighting from their Derbyshire workshop and have a showroom in Chelsea, London. Esther Patterson, their designer, and founder, has a real passion for all things British-made and for true craftsmanship, so is proud to be part of an emergence of traditional British skills.
Esther launched her business in 2010 having graduated as a mature student with a first class degree in Decorative Arts. Her first studio was a caravan parked on the family drive. At university, she initially specialized in fabric and wallpaper design and slip cast bone-china table lamps. She would spend many hours experimenting - piecing together different cast forms in various formations. She was then given an opportunity to work with a glass blower and experienced a eureka moment.
"I just loved the jewel-like quality of the hand-blown glass. He was blowing the shapes I'd designed but they came alive with the most beautiful colors, bringing together my true loves, color, and form. There was no looking back.
Her first glass light collection was spotted by Liberty London during a 'Designer Open Call' in 2010.
"I remember having to queue up for hours on the day, carrying glass and ceramic lights, as well as wallpapers and fabrics," recalls Esther. "But it was all worth it in the end as they decided to retail some of my first designs - it was a real confidence boost and stamp of approval". Our pendants, chandeliers and bespoke creations can be seen hanging proudly in Harvey Nichols, Jamie Oliver’s, Empire Theatre Liverpool, London Hilton Bankside and many more worldwide locations.
Our new pop-up London showroom at Chelsea Reach, Lots Road is now open for appointments. Our showroom will be moving to Worlds End Studios permanently from March 2018.
Now with a small close-knit team working from a historic Derbyshire Mill, each of Esther's designs still seeks to bring out the intrinsic beauty of the glass iteslf and this focus has helped establish Curiousa's reputation in the decorative lighting industry.
Every order placed is made especially in our workshop. All the glass is free-blown, without the use of molds, in the UK and is personal to us from single pendants to large-scale chandeliers. Customers, designers and architects alike will get the same intimate level of service we pride ourselves on."