Angus & Celeste are a design partnership from Melbourne Australia. Keir Angus MacDonald and Asha Celeste Cato met in 1997 while studying Fine Arts at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. With backgrounds in ceramics, printmaking and sculpture the designers began collaborating and by 2005 Angus & Celeste was born.
Production started in a tiny laundry out the back of single fronted terrace in Melbourne. The duo soon escaped the concrete surrounds of the inner city and relocated to the lush Dandenong Ranges in hilly outer Melbourne, a fertile and picturesque area surrounded by tall gum trees, ancient tree ferns, and flower producing market gardeners. Winter engulfs the hillside in thick clouds that bring some of the best rain in Victoria. Spring is heralded in by shocks of yellow wattle and striking red Grevilleas. Wild flowers grow along the road side and rhododendrons are in full bloom. With the heat of summer there is a constant awareness of the possibility of bush fire.
The changing seasons and moods serve as constant inspiration and are reflected in many of the designs. Their creations meld art practices, traditional craft techniques and modern design principles into a unique fusion. The end result is a timeless but recognisably modern product range, with a distinctly Australian feel.
The ceramic forms used in their jewellery and homewares ranges are classic yet functional and harmonious. The brilliance of the porcelain is luminous and the subtle shapes are irresistibly tactile. The decoration incorporates bright vivid colours, graphics, illustration and photographic elements that are inspired by the natural world.
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” Angus and Celeste combine simple materials with complicated processes to produce nothing less than pure objects of desire. The time and attention to detail involved in every object is obvious as soon as you see it. Producing the highest quality contemporary porcelain jewellery and modern collectable homewares you will find Angus & Celeste in galleries, select stockists and in the gardens and homes of people who enjoy beautiful objects.