The resonance of skilled craftsmanship and design – Naomi Paul
Knitting is a signature of the OMI collection, also being Naomi Paul‘s family heritage with the Grandmother as an avid knitter. Born of German and English descent, Naomi grew up on a farm in Sussex. After studying Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins she then went on to complete a degree in Constructed Textile Design at Chelsea college of Art and design – where she learned the patterns of constructed textiles – slowly defining her approach to design founded upon the basis of creating objects and textiles that serve a purpose.
Knitting and crochet techniques became Naomi’s method of choice merged with her sensibility to design sophisticated forms made from waste materials. Therefore, sustainability is a key part of her product development based on sourcing surplus, recycled & native materials, innovative construction and deconstruction techniques through to responsible packaging and end of life considerations. The pendants are lit using award winning Plumen low energy bulbs.
Naomi recently won ‘Young Designer 2012’ Homes & Gardens magazine and selected by Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs as one of his 10 Green Heroes of 2012. At this year’s London Design Festival, she presented Monika – a large-scale pendant chandelier with multi bulb fittings along side XL size editions for all the shapes in the collection.
With her studio currently based in London, Naomi is also one of the co-founding members of textile design collective Bricolage Project – a textile think-tank for sustainable, ethical, forward thinking textile design.