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Peter Layton and Associates Limited have an excellent reputation for versatility in design and the innovative use of material and technique, including blowing, kiln forming

and casting to create architectural elements and sculptures that enrich the spaces for which they are conceived.

 

Peter Layton and Simon Moss seek to exploit the abstract and dynamic interplay of light, colour and movement in their chosen materials. Mirror polished stainless steel and glass exhibit visual ambiguity, kaleidoscopic images appearing and dissolving through movement and interaction with the work.

Peter Layton and Associates Limited have an excellent reputation for versatility in design and the innovative use of material and technique, including blowing, kiln forming and casting to create architectural elements and sculptures that enrich the spaces for which they are conceived.

Peter Layton, already renowned as the creator of sumptuous free blown glass, established Peter Layton & Associates Limited in 1993 to fulfil a long cherished desire to work in glass on an architectural scale.

He enlisted the support of the talented designer Simon Moss, whose design and management skills have played an increasingly important role in the production of the exciting and innovative artworks, combining glass and metals, for which the company has become well known. The team, which includes a network of specialist consultants provides a personal, dedicated and professional service to architects, designers, public commissioning bodies and private clients, and has an excellent track record for successfully completing commissions within set budgets and deadlines.

Initial projects explored several directions including the production of over a hundred large relief windows for the new Kuwait National Assembly and the manufacture and installation of the entire front of house lighting in the superb Art Deco restoration of the Savoy Theatre. This was followed by a much acclaimed glass water sculpture for a London garden and a 7 metre high suspended sculpture entitled "Endless Column" in homage to Brancusi.

A number of major commissions followed and important pieces have been produced and installed on many of the new generation of cruise liners. Other projects included a spectacular 7m high stainless steel and glass landmark sculpture.

Through drawings, maquettes, and CAD design pieces evolve from concept proposal, design detailing and manufacture to final installation. Research and development with managed input from other specialists achieves an exceptionally high level of quality and finish. Constant attention to detail, including full risk analysis and safety calculations ensure complete client confidence and satisfaction.

The pieces, monolithic or magical, reflect light and express the seductive kaleidoscopic qualities of glass and steel allowing viewers to indulge in their fantasies.

Inspired at school by the sculptural possibilities of ceramics and influenced by a family of engineers, I continued my education in London with a degree in product design at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication. This discipline, emphasising the process of design, construction and an understanding of materials, has allowed me to develop over the past eleven years as an artist with a personal creative style that complements the work of my colleague Peter Layton.

We specialise in combining glass and metals, sometimes as flat modular elements or more recently the use of kiln formed glass. The materials are handled sensitively and used expressively to create a synergy that exploits their character, often in challenging and difficult circumstances, to create daring and unique solutions.

"Since its establishment in the early 90's, the company has specialized in combining glass with metals, creating spectacular pieces to enhance both public and private spaces. We enjoy exploring monumental scale and the ambiguous visual qualities of light and material, and resolving the complex physical, spatial and aesthetic challenges they present."
Peter Layton

Both - Born in Prague and brought up in England, Peter Layton studied ceramics at the Central School of Art and Design in London under some of the foremost potters of the day. He chanced upon glassblowing while teaching ceramics at the University of Iowa and since returning to Britain has been continuously at the forefront in promoting this magical and versatile medium.

Peter established London Glassblowing in 1976 and subsequently formed Peter Layton and Associates Limited in response to a desire to work on a more ambitious scale. Together with Simon Moss, Peter has produced a number of large-scale stainless steel and glass sculptures, commissioned for architectural settings