We were invited to celebrate a new collaboration between Italian textile house, Dedar and ONEROOM design studio in the recently opened ONEROOM Gallery last week. On arrival at the multi-story converted Victorian warehouse, a striking patterned entrance offset with a Paul Evans-designed metallic patchwork wardrobe welcomed us. From here we ascended into the gallery spaces to further explore ONEROOM’s unconventional approach to design, with many unexpected style twists and turns across all four floors. The first-floor gallery is a maximalist space with a meld of influences featuring draped DEDAR fabric curtains and a pair of Dedar-upholstered Gio Ponti chairs surrounded by contemporary and classic artworks by Marina Abramovic, Vanessa Beecroft and a stunning 17th Century painting, Wrestlers by Cesare Fracanzano. The voyage of discovery to the second floor led to a forest of Dedar fabrics, which hung from the ceiling across the entire space with a small clearing to showcase a dramatic Ring chandelier by Bethan Laura Wood. The walls of the stairwell to the third floor featured an ornamental Temple sconce by the same artist and are draped in gold Dedar Lacca Metal wallpaper leading to another magical space with contemporary works by Ugo Mulas and 1940s lighting by Venini and Paavo Tynell. The plant-filled roof terrace at the top provided some welcome fresh air after an intoxication of the senses in the gallery below and also afforded amazing views across the urban landscape of East London.
This was a distinctly different gallery experience revealing a somewhat anarchic approach to design from ONEROOM with unapologetic flamboyance in the form of Dedar wall coverings and fabrics and the many contradictory yet harmonizing influences of the gallery interior. ONEROOM is well worth a visit as a hidden gem in the heart of Shoreditch.
Founded in the early 2000s by Carlo Ninchi and Vittorio Locatelli as a multidisciplinary office, ONEROOM operates across a variety of fields including interiors, art, fashion, photography, and design.
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