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he museums of the world teem with women. Beautiful ones, viperous ones, young and old (well, mostly young), seated and recumbent. But we’re almost always in the frame, rather than on the labels.

Most people struggle to name more than one female artist before the 20th century. Artemisia Gentileschi (born in 1593) has entered the popular imagination, but only by virtue of the National Gallery exhibition last year – and that was her first ever show in Britain, and the first National Gallery blockbuster devoted to a historical female artist.

Yet, as Jennifer Higgie argues in this fine, haunting book, women have always made art, despite the discouragement lobbed in their path. Laws, religion, academic snobbery, public disapproval, having to get their husband’s supper on the table, museums not buying their work, historians refusing to acknowledge their work, fellow artists referring to their kind as “ridiculous” (Renoir) – none of it has prevented women from sitting at an easel, picking up a brush or a nub of chalk, and doing it anyway.

Higgie is an artist and critic, former editor of the contemporary art magazine Frieze. She also makes a podcast about women in art history – Bow Down – which was the seed for this book. Researching self-portraits, she was “staggered” at the “depth and variety of paintings made by women [who] have, until recently, been erased from the story of art”. You’d be forgiven, she says, “for thinking that women only started making art after World War II – and not many of them, at that”.

The Mirror and the Palette (the title nods to the meagre resources most women had at their disposal) is a redress, then, and vividly done – so much so that it rustles with the women’s presence. You feel them standing behind you, expectant.

The book is illustrative rather than encyclopedic, covering the period between 1548 and 1980 and the lives of 22 artists, selected by Higgie because they painted their own likeness, often many times over. Of the 700 portraits that the French painter Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) left behind when she died, for instance, 40 were of herself. The New Zealander Rita Angus (1908-1970) and the Mexican Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), meanwhile, clocked up 55.

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We have a new range called Guineafowl

The Guineafowl is an ancient African bird that lives in deserts and forests.

His sticky up hair style and blue neck give him lots of character, but we love the Guineafowl’s loyalty most of all – he is one of the few birds that has one mate for life. Our Guineafowl is created from a linocut print by artist Henry Iles and brought to life in our range of tableware.

Guineafowl coasters 10cm square.
Guineafowl chopping board
Guineafowl chopping board
Guineafowl tablemat
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Wild Nature Invades Decoration

ZOOH’s Monkey Recycled Glass Stands feature in this month’s edition of Elle magazine in Brazil. Not only is the Monkey recycled glass stand a good environmental choice, but as this article suggests, interior decor that reflects the natural world is good for us.

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It is not by chance that the world of decoration has been drinking from this source in its most recent collections. Proof that the so-called reconnection of the human being with green is also on the agenda in the hearts and minds of designers, always keeping an eye on the desires that hover in our imagination – at the moment, in tune with the urgent need to engage in ecological causes.

The décor offers yet another figurative way of bringing the natural world closer. “Time in contact with nature relieves our anxiety, increases immunity and is a powerful preventive tool for health and well-being. Reconnecting with it can make us happier, healthier and more productive”, says Andrea Bisker, from the portal of Stylus trends .

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Our products are available from the following retail outlets. For trade inquiries please get in touch.

La Boutique du Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
Tel. +33 (0) 1 44 78 15 78

Domizil Nickel & Nickel OG
Herrenstraße 20, 4020 Linz, Austria

37 Rue aux Fèvres, 71100 Chalon-sur-Saône, France

Ex Materia
Route Neuve, 84220 Gordes, France

Improbable Jardin
26 Rue du Maréchal Foch, 56100 Lorient, France

Espacio Brecha
c/ Postigo Bajo 26 33009 Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
+34 698 92 96 13

Saatchi Gallery Shop
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY, UK


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Maria Ledo Olcoz

We are excited to be working with Maria Ledo Olcoz producing a series of decorative glass plates and table mats.

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Each plate in the series contains collages of her photographs of old dolls, found gadgets, objects of daily life, fragments of lives and landscapes. The plates are made from strengthened, recycled glass and are 20 cm in diameter and are heat resistant. They can be hung on a wall with an invisible hook or used as centre piece on a table. They can be sold individually or as a full series. There is an option for a set of 4 plates in a luxury black gift box. Click on the images to enlarge and slideshow.

About the artist

Maria received a BA in Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca. Her series of ‘anti- portraits’, painted on blocks of bright colours border on pop aesthetics. They have a dreamlike surrealism due to the intensity of the looks and the atmospheres created by the self-absorption of the subjects, often taken from old magazines or old photographs. Olcoz introduces collage into her portraits with her own photographic works in which the images contain found objects. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Spain, in London and in Los Angeles.

Original artworks are for sale from Saatchi Art

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ZOOH catalogues

Below are our catalogues in English. For a price list and order form please contact us.

Pour une liste de prix, un bon de commande ou une demande de traduction, veuillez nous contacter. Nous traduisons nos nouveaux catalogues en français et en espagnol.

Para obtener una lista de precios, un formulario de pedido o una solicitud de traducción, comuníquese con nosotros. Estamos traduciendo nuestros nuevos catálogos al francés y al español.

English Catalogues

Click on links to download the PDF catalogues.

Aylsa McHugh
Maria Ledo
Maurizio Anzeri
Zarza / Bramble



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Press presentation for Maison & Objet Paris 2019

ZOOH was invited to present our Zarza range at a lighting Press event at Maison & Objet Paris 2019. Below are the slides from our presentation as a PDF.


Presentation notes

The Zooh story

Zooh is a small family business based in Asturias, in the north of Spain. My name is Alicia Wood and I am the managing director of Zooh. I worked as a photographic stylist for many years in Australia and the UK styling advertising and editorial shots for luxury brands like Villeroy & Boch and Sheridan, where I cultivated my love for creating spaces that make us feel good.

Our journey started just a few years ago by collaborating with artists to reproduce art works to create functional pieces for the home, and hospitality industry. We reproduce artworks onto various glass, coated eucalyptus and textiles pieces.

We work in particular with Maurizio Anzeri an Italian artist, well known for embroidering photographs he finds in flea markets and second hand shops. His beautiful needle work that partly covers faces and landscapes was what started us thinking about how we could incorporate needlework and threads into lighting.

We live and work in Asturias, one of the most beautiful parts of the world with breathtaking scenery, mountains and beaches and wonderful people who have that particular Spanish mix of being both traditional and modern and forward looking. Like many other parts of the world, Spanish seas and beaches are awash with plastic- so much so that after a storm you can sometimes barely walk on the beach without stepping on plastic.

This horrific realisation led us to think more about the materials we were working with and seek materials that were available naturally and in abundance that wouldn’t contribute to more landfill and waste. We wanted to make things that would never be thrown away.

It rains a lot in Asturias and this combined with a temperate climate creates unstoppable growth of all sorts of vegetation – the number one enemy of land owners is the bramble, zarza in Spanish. Its long, strong and prickly tendrils grow like wildfire and get a hold of gardens, land and abandoned buildings rapidly. It is also a flexible and strong material for weaving. It had been traditionally used to make fences to keep sheep and chickens safe from prey so we knew we had found the perfect material.

We involved local crafts people and worked with them to create a range of light shades with brambles, that incorporate a modern take on tradtional Asturian crochet and needlework, something I feel passionately about reviving in this part of the world.

The process is all done by hand and labour intensive – we had to find ways to dry and shape the brambles and strip them of their thorns. This level of labour can make products prohibitively expensive but because of the low cost of materials, they are not prohibitively expensive.

Brambles don’t have the same uniformity as other materials used for weaving so it creates a unique and edgy line so it doesn’t replicate the many woven lampshades that can be a bit twee and folksy. They work equally well in tradtional and modern environments.

The availability of good low wattage lightbulbs has changed things and allows us to focus less on the technical aspects of lighting and more on creating a piece of art and beauty. Our lightshades are like hanging sculptures in their own right and when lit they transform the ceiling into a stunning, natural light show with stronger bulbs, or throw beguiling light and shadows on the ceiling with softer bulbs.

They are so organic and wild, they create a direct connection with nature that we desperately need in our busy and mechanised lives and importantly, they make us feel something- this is something that mass produced lighting can never do.

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Zarza – brambles

Zarza is the Spanish word for bramble. In beautiful, green Asturias, in the north of Spain, brambles grow everywhere. There is a constant battle between man and nature to tame these prickly beasts. Their long tendrils are so strong they were traditionally used to build fences to keep out unwanted guests with their sharp spikes.

Local Asturian artists and craftspeople Gerrard and Kate Newrick, have woven local brambles into this range of unique and exquisite light shades.

Using their own techniques, they shape the brambles into captivating sculptures that throw out beguiling light and shadows. They have incorporated traditional crochet into the woven lampshades that creates a soft and warm contrast to the brutal line of the brambles.

These handmade lightshades are both functional and ornamental. They are a wonderful way to bring craft and sculpture into the home and business environment. Bespoke pieces can be ordered to size and colour.

Download PDF Flyer: ZOOH Bramble A4 flyer-d

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Pescao is Asturian for fish. In Asturias we are spoilt by a wealth of seafood that comes in from the many fishing villages that dot the coastline. The Pescao range is inspired by 19th century engravings of fish caught in Asturias, Sardines (Sardinas), Turbot (Gallo) and Flounder (Solla) and brought to life in a riot of colours for tableware and textiles.

Download PDF Flyer: ZOOH PESCAO A4 flyer-b

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We are excited to bring some work by British artist, Xato to the table. He works using recycled materials found in skips and fly tipped around the city of Leeds.

We have produced eight glass stands available individually or as a set that can be used as place mats, platters for serving food or as trivets to protect your table from hot dishes and pans. The stands measure 300mm, are made of specially toughened recycled glass, are heatproof to 180 degrees and have frictionless feet.

Download PDF Flyer: ZOOH Xato A4 flyer-b

Leylands 1. Chipboard, Bitumen, Oil paint, Oil pastel, Acrylic paint, Emulsion paint (acrylic), Marker pen, Biro pen. ©Xato, 2018. X-RGS-LEY1
Leylands 2. Chipboard, Bitumen, Oil paint, Oil pastel, Acrylic paint, Emulsion paint (acrylic), Marker pen, Biro pen. ©Xato, 2018. X-RGS-LEY2
Rain in the City 1. Fridge Panel, Bitumen, Oil paint, Oil pastel, Acrylic paint, Emulsion paint (acrylic), Marker pen. ©Xato, 2018. X-RGS-RITC1
Rain in the City 2. Fridge Panel, Bitumen, Oil paint, Oil pastel, Acrylic paint, Emulsion paint (acrylic), Marker pen. ©Xato, 2018. X-RGS-RITC2
The Man From Quin Therm. Insulation foam, Bitumen, Oil paint, Oil pastel, Acrylic paint, Emulsion paint (acrylic), Marker pen. ©Xato, 2018. X-RGS-TMFQT
The view from the Caribbean cricket club 1. Acrylic sheet (translucent), Bitumen, Oil paint, Oil pastel, Acrylic paint, Emulsion paint (acrylic), Marker pen. ©Xato, 2018. X-RGS-VCCC1
The view from the Caribbean cricket club 2. Acrylic sheet (translucent), Bitumen, Oil paint, Oil pastel, Acrylic paint, Emulsion paint (acrylic), Marker pen. ©Xato, 2018. X-RGS-VCCC2
Personal Decay 1. Glass window, Bitumen, Oil paint, Acrylic paint, Emulsion paint (acrylic). ©Xato, 2018. X-RGS-PD1


To see more work by Xato visit Instagram.