NATHALIE HAMBRO PROFILE

Nathalie Hambro has written a number of books and has contributed to many magazines. She has worked in a wide range of areas including interior design, fashion, cookery and jewellery.

BOOKS & MEDIA
Past work includes writing an acclaimed series of cookery books. One of them, Particular Delights, won the prestigious Glenffidich Award.

'...a little gem of a book'

(Nigel Slater, The Observer 1996, Particular Delights re-edition)


She has also worked as contributing editor to British Vogue and Elle Decoration; and has worked regularly with the Sunday Times Magazine.

In 1998 Nathalie published The Art of the Handbag. The book won the McNaughton award for its design and photographs.

In 2006, Nathalie launched, to coincide with Frieze Fair, her new book My London, about people and places.

For the last few years Nathalie has been producing her own art/culture Newsletter, and is currently art consultant for auction house Phillips de Pury. She also works as an independent curator.

DESIGN & FASHION

Nathalie designed and launched her metal lunchbox at Harvey Nichols. The lunchbox became an iconic product (seen everyday on Channel 4's Big Breakfast) and sells all over the world.

'Nathalie Hambro is out to make the packed lunch chic with her embossed metal lunchboxes. Hambro has spent her life defining and selling style through her mark as an interior designer, and writer for Vogue'

(Time Out, 16 February 1994)

In 1997 she launched a collection of handcrafted - like couture - limited edition handbags. These are housed in the V & A Museum permanent collections, as well as at the Museum at F.I.T. in New York.

'Her handbags...more an exploration of the handbag as an art form... redolent with cultural references, exploring history, paradox, female identity, fetishes,...all of life's deep mysteries..'

(Lucia van der Post, The Times, 19 Friday 2004)


Nathalie signed an exclusive contract to design handbags and jewellery, with Paris couturier House of Balmain. Besides the London shop, The Cross, her products are sold at prime outlets in Japan and America, including cult store Takashimaya in New York. Nathalie also designed handbag collections for Saks Fifth Avenue, and signed under the Designers at Debenhams label.

'..and any best dress list should include Kate Moss, Lucy Ferry, Isabella Blow, Nathalie Hambro..These are the women who push the fashion forward and do their own thing. People who have, in a word, style'

(Mimi Spencer, Evening Standard, 16 April 1996)


Nathalie has exhibited at the Contemporary Decorative Arts, a selling exhibition at Sotheby’s London. Each year, for over six years, Nathalie has brought a different creative agenda to her fashion and jewellery pieces.

'One highlight is fashion designer Nathalie Hambro's Cappuccino Dress, a ball gown made of gold-sprayed coffee filter bags'

(The Wall Street Journal, 3 January 2003)


2004 saw the launch of her new brand, Fullofchic, her signature collection of clothes, accessories and jewellery. This coincided with a new showroom in Berkeley Square, Mayfair. The V & A Museum acquired some pieces for their permanent collections, and soon after the Reflective Coat, and Skirt, are displayed in their Fashion Gallery along with Tracey Amin’s 'Suitcase' piece.

JEWELLERY
For many years Nathalie has studied antique jewellery (15th to 19th century European) through the library and collections at the V & A Museum. She became a member of the Society of Jewellery Historians.

When De Beers and Losa, a South African trust, set up the first ever collaboration between British designers and South African craft workers they selected Nathalie to create new designs fusing traditional craft skills and contemporary design. Tom Dixon, Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby, were other designers involved in the project.

'..here is work that manages to retain the precious hallmarks of its indigenous origins but allies the traditional craft skills to a sophisticated contemporary aesthetic.'

(Lucia van den Post, Evening Standard, 18 February 2002)


Nathalie has worked with jeweller Hamilton & Inches, a long established firm which was part of the Asprey/Garrard group, to design the company's first in-house collection which was launched at their new Knightsbridge outlet . Nathalie's own fashion-orientated collection was sold at Erickson Beamon.

Nathalie was one of the few jewellery designers to be commissioned for the exhibition Celebration, held at London Goldsmiths’ Hall to coincide with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Nathalie’s designs used different coloured golds and outsized gemstones.

INTERIOR DESIGN
Besides assignments as an interior designer, Nathalie has worked as art director for special events at the Royal Academy of Arts: Minuetto Ball and Chinese Ball, and at the British Museum: Cartier 1900-1939, Gilded Dragons Gala and Princes, Poets & Paladins.

'She makes her life art, and there aren't many people like that'

(Kate O' Donnell, Vogue, September 1998)



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