Having just visited California: Designing Freedom, the latest exhibition at the new Design Museum, I must admit I was somehow oblivious of the strong influence the American West Coast countercultures of the 60’s have had on contemporary culture, because it’s now all become such second-nature. Laptops, microchips, smartphones, GPS devices and online search engines are some of the many tools developed in California and on display at the exhibition. Continue reading
The third edition of London Craft Week took place last week and I visited one of my favourite design stores in London, Mint to take a look at their RealCraft exhibition. Featuring new handcrafted products selected for London Craft Week, Mint collaborated with Jennifer Hier and Eva Schlechte from Studio Gutedort on a range of products formed during a series of paper, textile and ceramics workshops for the Iraq Al Amir Women’s Cooperative Association in Jordan. Continue reading
With last week’s London Craft Week throwing so many events on our doorstep, it would have been rude to not go along for a look, so on Friday I went along to visit the Second Sitters upholstery exhibition at the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton to trace the history of the craft from past to present. The show takes you on a journey through the history of UK upholstery through a physical timeline and map, much of the storytelling centres around makers stories in East London Continue reading
At the weekend I visited the NOW Gallery to see ‘The Iris’ by Rebecca Louise Law, a London-based artist known for using flora as a sculptural material that slowly preserves over time. ‘The Iris’ is an installation, which embraces the idea of the past and present of the Peninsula where the NOW gallery sits, as the iris is a native wetland flower from the surrounding marshlands. Continue reading
On Wednesday I went to the private view of The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 at the Barbican. This compelling and immersive exhibition is the first to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to the present day.
Featuring the work of over 40 architects, ranging from the renowned and internationally celebrated to more obscure architects little known outside of Japan, the exhibition celebrates some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years.
At the heart of the exhibition, and taking over much of the lower gallery, is a full-size recreation of the monumental Moriyama House (2005) designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA. Walking through the fully furnished rooms, with many personal artifacts from Nishizawa himself, you get a real and strangely intimate sense of what it must be like to inhabit this remarkable house.
The other half of the lower gallery features an eccentric Japanese teahouse made from charred wood, specially commissioned for the exhibition from acclaimed Japanese architect, Terunobu Fujimori. This is a thoughtful and accomplished exhibition that explores the very unique sensibilities of Japanese domestic architecture.
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945. Until 25 June
On Wednesday the team and I headed over to the impressive studio of design wunderkinds Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard AKA Fredrikson Stallard to see they show stopping installation called Hybrideae. A collection of large sculptural vessels cast in white bronze, Hybrideae are created to hold plants both in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Continue reading
After its September debut I was very excited to see what Christopher Bailey and his team at Burberry would do with Makers House, their showcase of their catwalk collection fused with an exhibition about the collections inspirations. For AW2017 that inspiration was Henry Moore, one of Britain’s greatest sculptors and Burberry partnered with the Henry Moore Foundation to present a major exhibition: Continue reading
This week I visited the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. This is a small museum in rural East Sussex but I was struck by the beauty of the building and the thoughtfulness of its displays. The museum holds an internationally important collection of work by the artists and craftspeople who formed a creative community in the village of Ditchling in the Sussex South Downs at the beginning of the 20th century. Continue reading
The Julio Le Parc: Form into Action exhibition at the Perez Art Museum Miami is reminiscent of a children’s playground, showcasing over 100 works from the artist’s playful explorations of light, movement and distortion of perception. Being a fan of Kinetic Art, I was delighted to explore what felt like a fun house where things were not what they seemed. Continue reading