Bruce Wayland [American, New
York City] and Marcello De Simone [Italian, Lecce] met in
Amsterdam, and formed Little Owl Design in 2010.
The first project the duo created ‘Altered Perspectives’
is a mixed media installation of European and Oriental plates and
oil paintings on canvas combined together to form unique
Since 2014 are the ‘Altered
Perspectives’ produced as art pieces under the name DeSimoneWayland.
They next developed a
collection of wallpapers, inspired by nature, from the skies of
Holland combined with 18th C. etchings, to
19th C. Dutch herbaria, and a 19th C. Dutch
star chart of the Southern Hemisphere.
In 2013 Little Owl Design
created a borosilicate glass box –'Double Take' in which
they combined imagery of the 18th C. with the latest
technology in glass transfers.
In 2014 a new limited edition
series –‘Altered Histories’ was first shown. The linen
canvas was cast into the ceramic, producing a tactile surface on
the plates, which were then later decorated with transfers of
paintings and ceramic décors created by the designers.
The dialogue between the two
seemingly disparate mediums of canvas and ceramics was the
inspiration of Little Owl Design's latest project: the unique
stoneware and porcelain collection of limited edition and
one-of-a-kind ceramics ‘From A Different Cloth’.
Having selected antique textiles, they were cast together
with the ceramics in positive relief, reproducing the finest
details of their structure while at the same time adding a
softening effect to the various forms, all of which have a rich
The result reproduces the softness of the textile into the hardness
of the ceramics, creating a highly tactile quality which challenges
the viewer’s expectations and forces them to look