Martyn Thompson Studio at London Design Festival
Martyn Thompson, originally from London, began his career as fabrics painter and clothes designer. He decided to become a fashion photographer when he started photographing these clothes. After experiencing wild success in Paris and London, he solidified himself as a renowned still-life photographer with a distinct painterly qualities. By the late nineties, Thompson moved to New York and in 2013 began the Martyn Thompson studio, a creative collective that mainly deals with textiles and interiors rooted in his photography practice.
The studio is an ever-evolving, open space where he can channel his creative spirit as he moves from project to project. Thompson’s striking photography is manipulated into rich textiles that are laid over upholstery, translated into wallpapers, or transposed onto murals . This layered process, which marries the handmade with technology, creates a deeply atmospheric and visual product.
The studio’s most recent endeavor was their “Rock Pool” presentation at the London Design Festival. The “fabric grotto,” as Thompson calls it, was a showcase of beautiful upholstery and textiles that captured the prismatic quality of a swimming pool, or marbleized marine hues of the sea.