- About Mineheart
"We believe that the objects we surround ourselves with everyday should be more than just functional, they should be made of stories, love, art and poetry in order to meaningfully exist..."
Mineheart was launched in 2010 by designers Brendan Young and Vanessa Battaglia the founders of design consultancy Young & Battaglia.
The company name Mineheart was inspired by the Shakespearian quote: "Mine eye and heart..." to symbolise their dual passions; love for tradition and eye for contemporary design which are combined in often surprising and delightful ways within the Mineheart collection.
Having both trained and worked in product design, they started a design consultancy together in 2003 out of which grew the Mineheart collection several years later. Battaglia's Italian background and love of art, combined with Young's highly eccentric British wit has created a family of products with a playful quirky quality. Brendan and Vanessa are known for their clever re-working of materials and references to traditional imagery and the result is in an unexpected aesthetic that fuses past and present and blurs the line between art and design.
Over the last five years the brand has grown and they now have more than 150 products covering lighting, wallpaper, art, furniture and accessories and sell all over the world.
Young & Battaglia were heralded as one of the top ten design studios of the future at 100% Design in 2005 their work has also been shown at the V&A the MOMA and won numerous awards including a BIDA award for outstanding design. “The idea behind mineheart was to create a playground for creativity and discovery, where art meets design, and poetry meets industry. We try to inject a sense of wonder in to everyday objects and spaces around us, telling stories and creating things that are truly surprising,” Brendan explains. Vanessa explains: “I love to surround myself with art. That’s what Mineheart is all about – making what might be ordinary – like a piece of furniture or a lamp – more meaningful and more exceptional”.
In addition to designs by Young & Battaglia, the Mineheart range contains a range of work by other national and internationally recognised artists. These include Chad Wys, Himitsuhana, Angela Rossi and Courtney Brims, who’s work fits perfectly within the Mineheart mindset, often mixing or twisting classical ideas in exciting, new and creative ways.
Key to Mineheart’s ethos is the support of British design and manufacturing. Most Mineheart products are designed, made and assembled in the UK, this enables more control over production and quality, giving greater flexibility and the ability to offer custom made and bespoke pieces for clients. They are all made by passionate people, who love, live and breathe their craft.