David Thorpe is a passionate advocate for pattern and decoration and the five panels he has created for St James’s Market illustrate this. The three large-scale exterior panels made from handmade encaustic tiles repeat a pattern inspired by the work of the 19th century Arts and Crafts bookbinder TJ Cobden Sanderson. The two interior pieces are made of an intricate lattice in laser-cut leather laid over a Corian panel. Inspired by early 17th century fabrics, the bespoke pattern developed by Thorpe references the exquisite detail found in clothing that might have been seen on the traders when St James’s Market first sprang to life in the 1600s.
David Thorpe’s work is concerned with the relationship between objects and their makers, with a particular interest in the role of craft and labour in handmade design and art.