Unique Manchester-inspired homeware and lifestyle brand The Sculpts has won a major contract to create and supply the Manchester Museum, one of the city’s most esteemed institutions, with a bespoke tile collection.
Coinciding with the renovation of the museums’ Oxford Road site, The Sculpts has been commissioned to create two new MANCHESTER letter tile series, along with an illustrated history of the bee in art and culture. The themes for the custom-made collection reflect the museum’s commitments to sustainability, biodiversity, and inclusivity, which have been depicted in detail throughout the new illustrations in The Sculpts’ distinctive style.
At the helm of the Manchester born and bred brand, which creates surreal yet soulful designs that pay homage to the industrial spirit of the city and its surrounds, is illustrator and architect Richard Bennett. The Sculpts’ designs are brought to life by Richard to feature across its distinctive range of ceramics, prints, and textiles. Strongly evoking the heart and heritage of Manchester, intricate detail and meaning lies behind each and every design.
The listing marks the latest of several prestigious collaborations for the firm. After only establishing in 2020, The Sculpts has attracted a lot of interest already, with a growing number of retail outlets in the North West and beyond stocking its products. Existing partners include the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Central Library and the National Trust.
Richard Bennett, Founder and Designer at The Sculpts commented: “Collaboration is at the heart of our creative philosophy, and our partnership with the Manchester Museum has been a fantastic opportunity to explore and celebrate the archives and culture of such a respected establishment.
“We have ambitious plans for the brand going forward, with several exciting announcements to make in the coming months, including the opening of our very own retail space.”