Henry Moore

In Focus: Inspired by Art

Welcome to the first in our series, In Focus: Inspired by Art. Here we reveal all the things that inspire the team at Iqrup + Ritz!

A Life in Brief

Henry Moore (1898-1986) was one the most important artists of the 20th Century. His work can be seen all over the world in public spaces, and has inspired not only artists, but filmmakers, writers, and even us furniture designers! The son of a Yorkshire coal miner, Henry Moore initially trained to be a teacher before he decided to pursue art after returning home from the First World War. Using his ex-serviceman’s grant, he went to study at Leeds Art School and then at the Royal College of Art on a scholarship where he really came into his own and found the defining influences of work in ethnographic collections held the V&A and the British Museum. He was particularly influenced by the Aztec Chacmool (a reclining statuary) and African art.

He also had a great standing friendship with Barbara Hepworth, another important British sculptor (the next instalment in our In Focus Series).

“The secret of life is to have a task; something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life.”

Artist Legacy

Organic. Cylindrical. Human.

Henry Moore believed that his art should exist in public spaces and he gave away many of his sculptures on the condition that they would be placed where the public could see and enjoy them freely. Many of his sculptures are based around the Aztec chacmool reclining figure and the Christian motif of the mother and child, working them over and over again in different organic forms and shapes. His work, most importantly, was really about warmth and humanity and this is especially true when his art is experienced out in the open, in snow, under a setting sun or a field of flowers.

“Sculpture is an art of the open air. Daylight, sunlight is necessary to it, and for me its best setting and complement is nature. I would rather have a piece of my sculpture put in a landscape, almost any landscape, than in, or on, the most beautiful building I know.”

Henry Coffee Table

Encountering Henry Moore’s sculptures on walks around London is one of the many pleasures of living in the city. Taking inspiration from his organic forms and infusing them into our designs, we present our elegant Henry Coffee Table.


Henry Coffee Table, iqrupandritz.com

Read all about the process behind designing and making our Henry coffee table in the special 17th anniversary edition of Elle Decor guest edited by celebrate architect, B.V. Doshi. Read here.