Steffan is a designer and collector based in London. He worked in fashion as a stylist from 2010, but four years ago, changed paths to focus on Interiors, Art and Furniture.
For his first curated space, Steffan has chosen two of his favourite emerging artists to be presented through this unique shopping experience - Sculptor, Florian Tomballe and Painter, Caroline Popham.
Steffan first approached Florian to discuss a collaboration to create vase-like sculpture pieces. Inspired by Ancient vases, they came up with “The Vase Series”: A group of five contemporary vase-like sculptures, varying in scale and designed in an impromptu manner.
Florian Tomballe was born in Antwerp in an artistic family (father is a painter, mother a musician). He went to an art high school, where he discovered he would go into sculpture rather than painting like his father did. He went into the sculpture department at Royal Academy Antwerp for four years and finished as a master sculptor. Florian took life drawing classes and educated himself on the human anatomy. In his first years in the studio he focused on the classics and now he freely veers away from them to see where his hands and eyes take him.
British artist Caroline Popham graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at the University of Arts (Chelsea) in London in 2016. She previously completed a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at the University of Brighton in 1994 and has worked as a freelance graphic designer for 20 years with such clients as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Manolo Blahnik to name a selection amongst others. It was as a graphic designer that Popham developed her interest in structured minimalism and a penchant for colour, painting and collage.
Popham has exhibited regularly since graduation and is sought after for commission work, both nationally and internationally. She has had recent collaborations with Hotel Les Roches Rouges in South of France and womenswear brand, Chinti & Parker. Her work is held in Soho House and selected private collections in the United Kingdom, France and USA. Popham lives and works in London.