Jo specialises in sourcing vintage chairs of superlative and classic design, restoring and embellishing them with her netched surface designs. Bauhaus stacking chairs got a cool and sophisticated Jo Gibbs makeover for sale at Anthropologie. Old school chairs were transformed into bright and ornate little thrones with a Mexican vibe for use in branches of the restaurant chain, Wahaca. Call Jo to inquire about chairs for sale at her studio. She also accepts private commissions.
We think of mirrors as tools for reflecting ourselves. But mirrors are wonderful reflectors of light, making rooms bigger, brighter and more beautiful. Jo has worked with mirrors for many years, and indeed has worked as a eglomise gilder for some of the country's leading glass decorators. There's nothing Jo can't do with a mirrored surface.
Jo's own designs range from the soft romance of draped lace and chiffon to the witty and contemporary Bowie flash mirrors, which, if you line up your own face just right, reincarnate you, just for a minute or two, as Ziggy Stardust. Jo also contributed an art installation, Hypernormalised to the 2017 London Design Festival, which joined the Brixton Design Trail on Brixton's iconic arches, right also from vibrant new space, Pop Brixton.
Jo often breathes new life into old mirrors, working with their flaws and their marks of wear to make signs of age into an integral part of a new, yet sympathetic, look, feel and function.
We tend only to think about the roof of our home when it lets us down, and starts leaking. At which point, we start stripping away our beautiful, old slates, replacing them with tiles of greater technological efficiency. But, Jo honours the beauty of a well-weathered slate, by netching it with lace - or whatever you want - and creating an object of unique beauty.
Jo works with interior designers and architects on bespoke projects, sometimes to add style and character to existing surfaces, often to create furnishings and details that add individuality to a practical space. Jo has worked on kitchens and bathrooms, as well as softer living spaces. Jo’s work also lends itself to application on external walls and in gardens. Wood, tile, mirror, slate, metal, glass, stone, leather, rubber - all these and more are materials which lend themselves to Jo’s unique techniques.
Splashbacks... Lovely. Beautiful, gleaming aluminium or copper. Or whatever you want. What's not to like? Maybe, the splashes? At the back? Jo's designs, netched into the surface, add originality and style to your bathroom or kitchen. But also, practicality. All those splashes? All those fingermarks? All that cleaning? Think monthly cleaning instead of daily. And think: "I actually love my splashback." Go on.
Jo likes nothing more than to be confronted with a delicious horizontal canvas, otherwise known as a table, desk or worktop. Sometimes, a piece demands that only the top is embellished, like a built-in tablecloth, one that can be varnished or otherwise treated to accommodate the level of wear and tear that the surface is likely to have to withstand. Sometimes, a very special piece needs and deserves a holistic approach, top, sides, legs and shelves designed into a completely new and original work of art and craft.
A wonderful challenge for Jo is a commission to add detail to an entire room or interior, pulling together furniture and other surfaces into a completely realised and dynamic space. Jo has designed kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms, all of which need different approaches, informed by the needs and wishes of the client, and made special with Jo's own flair and alchemy. Spaces can be made larger with streamlining and careful application of outward perspective, or made more intimate with a highly decorative and wide-ranging approach. There are no rules, beyond artistic discipline and personal taste.
Jo also expresses her own creativity through her work, producing unique pieces of art which can be viewed at her studio. Sometimes, these prove so popular that Jo produces limited edition multiples. If you have an idea or concept that you'd like to see developed, Jo will also work with you to interpret and realise your vision.
Doors and drawers
A simple and fairly minimalist space can be enhanced by treating doors almost as framed artworks on the wall, embellished and coloured, textured and offering contrast. Likewise, with furniture. A simple piece, decorated with netching on doors or drawer-fronts can serve both to emphasise and enliven an essential frame and architectural structure. Practicality is not compromised, but individuality, originality and flair is added. Jo has provided customised vintage and classic doors for commercial premises and private homes.