A graphic designer and art director, Diana’s minimalist work is founded
in bauhaus principles and Swiss typography. Previously, her London consultancy specialized in print, branding and exhibition design for architects, galleries and museums across Europe.
Many years on, her enduring interest
in 20th century art and architecture
led her to explore a more tactile, hands-on design practice, founding Whitebeam Studio in partnership with her daughter, artist Holly AllenCooper.
Holly has a visual arts background.
A graduate of The Cooper Union
School of Art in New York, she specializes in fine art photography
and sculpture, exhibiting in London,
New York and at hollyallencooper.com.
As a designer, her grounding in
ceramics and metalwork led her to adapt sculpting techniques to the
design of jewellery and homeware products, founding Whitebeam Studio
in partnership with Diana Allen.
‘There can be no understanding between the hand and the brain unless the heart acts
as mediator.’ metropolis 1927 fritz lang
Whitebeam Studio is a multi-disciplinary designer/maker studio founded in 2013
by English artist Holly AllenCooper and Diana Allen, a designer. At studios in Brooklyn New York and Clerkenwell London, Diana and her daughter Holly design collaboratively, the range of their work reflecting their individual backgrounds in sculpture and photography, typography and graphic design.
Architectural Jewelry - Whitebeam's stainless steel jewelry is founded in contemporary minimalism and characterized by an experimental approach to industrial materials and sculpting techniques. Handmade at the Whitebeam studio, our Vertex collection and Toolbox pendants are also available in the UK at London's Design Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and HES Museums Scotland.
Whitebeam Editions - the Eclipse series of limited edition prints explores contrast in geometric and organic form. The original colour studies are made by combining handmade paint with raw refined pigment diffusing the colour and adding raw texture. Museum quality printing on 100% cotton paper conserves the texture and depth of the original artwork.
Whitebeam Ceramics - Union ceramics trace the evolution of ‘&’, from the Latin ‘et’, from Pompeii to the birth of printing, the bauhaus & contemporary typefaces. Diana's typography and Holly's calligraphic drawing create a graphic story across six side plates and a serving plate in English fine bone china.
Whitebeam Studio takes its name from ‘Whitebeams’, the home of Diana’s grandparents - Holly’s greatgrandparents. English whitebeam trees lined its driveway and exquisite jewelry designed by her grandmother was an inspiration for founding Whitebeam Studio.