Ochre Story


February 28, 2015

Products & Materials

Ochre’s distinctive lighting and furniture has caused a stir ever since this design company began in 1996. The first creations were exquisitely crafted gessoed lamp bases, which were delicately coloured, water gilded and perfectly balanced. The recurring themes of Ochre’s work – proportion, texture, contrast and finish – were all in place.

The designers of Ochre are Joanna Bibby, Harriet Maxwell Macdonald and Solenne de la Fouchardière, all of whom share an aesthetic for the understated. Their work places equal importance on harmonious form, luxurious materials and matchless craftsmanship. Using traditional techniques within contemporary contexts, Ochre continues to create beautiful innovative design and custom products for a worldwide stage.


Modern classics and collectables

In the world of Ochre, the iterative process of designing and making is as beautiful as the end product itself. Each design begins with learning the possibilities and limitations of a material, and understanding how to master techniques to create modern collectables.

The Arctic Pear chandelier with its tiers of solid glass droplets has defined glamour for the past few years and if a light can achieve the ‘it’ status, then this design has done just that for Ochre. The integrity of the original light is instantly recognisable. A delicate variation on this theme is the evocative Light Drizzle, a classic contemporary chandelier with cascading glass droplets.

The Seed Cloud Installation is a mesmeric piece of craft that marries modern sensibility with ancient processes. A mass of organic cast bronze buds, each house a glass drop illuminated by L.E.D. The process used to cast these bronze stems comes from another age with a technique that can be dated back at least 5,000 years.

Quiet beauty has become a signature for Ochre and this design brand’s take on glamour is discreet. Ochre’s first dining chair the Sable is already set to become a classic. It is deceptively simple and the epitome of understatement.



Ochre is a global brand with its own showrooms in London and New York. As well as selling directly to individuals, Ochre works with leading international designers and architects on custom projects for private residences, boutique hotels and restaurants throughout the world.


The arresting London showroom is located in Clerkenwell, a creative home to the highest concentration of architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet.

New York showroom

Ochre’s showroom on Broome Street feels like an art gallery hidden among the shops of SoHo. This retail space offers Ochre’s signature designs, in addition to carefully curated products by other talented names from around the world

New York trade showroom in DDB

Ochre’s incredibly beautiful to-the-trade showroom in the Decoration and Design Building opened in January 2014.


Ochre’s products are sold throughout North America via a network of third party showrooms.



Ochre shows at established exhibitions and cutting-edge galleries throughout Europe, Asia and America.

Highlights include:

Maison & Objet Paris and Maison & Objet Asia
Ochre is a familiar face in Paris and now Asia is becoming an important design market.

Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan
Rossana Orlandi, one of the design world’s most influential patrons selected Ochre’s Seed Cloud Installation for her Milanese gallery during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile furniture and design week.

Clerkenwell Design Week
Ochre’s showroom once again opens is doors to this three-day festival and also presents designs at Detail at the Order of St John.

Masterpiece London
Following on from last year, Ochre has been chosen to be a salon designer at Masterpiece 2014, where it will present its museum-quality objects.

Decorex International London
Ochre returns once again to the UK’s leading luxury design and interiors show when it returns to the idyllic surroundings of Syon House.

Ochre’s work has the rare ability to serve more than its primary function, leading to a quietly powerful design presence, often sculptural, always elegant and approaching iconic.




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