London 2017 – Established & Sons new homes in East London, DIMORE studio interiors at Mazzoleni Gallery and emerging European designers at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery. We selected 8 London galleries and showrooms at LDF 2017.
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MATTEO CIBIC @ SEEDS LONDON GALLERY
Italian designer Matteo Cibic created a series of organic shaped sculptures inspired by the evolution of species, micro-organisms and fantastic beings. The exhibition at the Seeds London gallery hints at possible animal and plant evolutions controlled by the gestures of hypothetical and mysterious artificial intelligences. “Will the robots we have been nurturing for years make us obsolete? Will there still be a need for us on this planet, we are persistently filling with artificial intelligences?” Questions Matteo Cibic.
ESTABLISHED & SONS’ NEW HOME IN EAST LONDON
British brand Established & Sons inaugurated its brand-new home in the East London creative district near Old Street. On show the new Palm Spring dining tables by E&S founder Sebastian Wrong and Richard Wood. The designs are crafted with an intriguing and complexed technique. Each table is is composed of woodblocks which have been roll-painted with colours inspired by Californian cities, and then pressed onto the surface by using a hydraulic press. Once dry, they planks are hand-coated with a polyurethane lacquer, assembled and recoated again.
(UN)COMFORT ZONE: DIMORESTUDIO @ MAZZOLENI
At Mazzoleni gallery, Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci of DIMORESTUDIO created a voyeuristic exhibition inspired by Post-War Italian art which features masterworks by Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana and Michelangelo Pistoletto. A dressing room, a living room, a bedroom, a bathroom and a dining room are hidden behind walls. They capture the visitor’s eye by inviting to peek through portholes with brass detailing. Each space is filled with plush interiors with bold and saturated colours.
LARA BOHINC’S DEBUT SHOWROOM IN NOTTING HILLS
Original marble-filled, Victorian interiors frame Lara Bohinc‘s bespoke designs in her debut showroom in the heart of Notting Hill. On show the Solaris kinetic tables created for Wallpaper* Handmade 2014, the sculptural ‘Fortress’ vases inspired by the octagonal towers at the Diocletian Palace in Croatia and the earrings-inspired Collision lamps which slice and reconfigurate a perfect sphere with brass details.
LEE BROOM’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Lee Broom presents On Reflection, a temporary installation with a surreal twist at his Shoreditch flagship store. The British product designer celebrates his 10th London Design Festival with an all black reinterpretation of his most iconic designs. A giant mirror reflects a moody living room fully decorated in black and charcoal grey but nothing is quite what it first appears to be… Read more.
LIGNE ROSET & 17 PATTERNS @ ARIA SHOP
At Aria, French furniture brand Ligne Roset and 17 Patterns showcase their new collaboration with a limited editions exclusively available at the Islington design store. Having worked with wood since 1860, Ligne Roset presents furnitures folded in the atmospheric Beyond Nebulous design by 17 Patterns, a British brand known for bespoke wallpaper and soft furnishing products.
EMERGING EUROPEAN DESIGNERS @ CARPENTERS WORKSHOP GALLERY
At the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Mayfair, Lidewij Edelkoort has selected graduates from 50 of Europe’s best design schools and curated an platform exhibition promoting their work. As Edelkoort explains, “A new form of archaeology emerges. Students catalogue this experience by creating new artefacts, remnants for living that are arranged as still lives”.
ESTONIAN DESIGN @ OXO TOWER WHARF
The Estonian Design Association presents Size Doesn’t Matter, an exhibitions showcasing the work of 50 leading and emerging designers from one of the smallest countries of Europe but with a density of 1 designer every 800 people. “Being small has its advantages.” Says curator XXYY “Indeed, Estonia itself can work like a hub”. On show furniture, lighting, accessories and textiles encapsulating a minimalist style, natural materials, and humour.