Bruce Wayland [American, New York City] and Marcello De Simone [Italian, Lecce] met in Amsterdam, where they formed their Design studio Little Owl Design in 2010.
Bruce Wayland studied Art History, and has a BA degree from the University of The State of New York – 1993;
Marcello De Simone studied Fine Arts, and has a BA in Painting & Art History from the Accademia delle Belle Arti, Bologna– 1990.
In 2010 DeSimoneWayland started to create a series of unique pieces made with plates and paintings called “Altered Perspectives”.
Developing the series over the last seven years has lead the pair on a journey of discovery about the lost industry of Dutch transferware, and this in turn inspired the next series.
Taking inspiration from the many transferware plates they use in their work, DeSimoneWayland have gone on to develop this idea further to create “Altered Histories”.
This series is created using hand made ceramic molds to cast the linen canvas in positive relief.
The canvas structure creates the ‘painting’ area of the form, which contrasts with the smooth plate area.
Once glazed and fired, the transfers are applied by hand, and slowly fired for the third time.
An entirely new process that is hand made following traditional techniques, and at the same time uses the latest 21st century technology in ceramic transfers.
DeSimoneWayland have designed a wallpaper collection and a series of hand made ceramics in porcelain and stoneware, produced under their Little Owl Design label.
The one-of-a-kind art pieces “Altered Perspectives” and the limited-edition cast ceramic series “Altered Histories” are created under the name DeSimoneWayland.
Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder -Amsterdam- 13 to 23 September 2012
AIR 8 -Art in the Red Light -Amsterdam- 13 to 23 September 2012
The Collection-Paris- 7 to 30 September 2013
Salone del Mobile/Ventura Lambrate -Milan- 8 to 23 April 2014
Kleurenfestival Menno Kroon -Cothen- 23 to 26 May 2014
Cor Unum Mobile Gallery at DDW -Eindhoven- 18 to 26 October 2014
MIART with Galerie Judy Straten -Milan- 9 12 April 2015
Salone del Mobile/Ventura Lambrate -Milan- 14 to 19 April 2015
Galerie Judy Straten -Horst- 10 May to 3 August 2015
Open Dagen Menno Kroon -Cothen- 29 May to 9 June 2015