during this year’s london design festival, stockholm-based design brand hem will take over the redchurch room in shoreditch to launch the incredible house of cards by dutch designer bertjan pot; the brand’s second product from a new accessory collection curated by modern design review.
pot, who is known for his playful and whimsical designs, was tasked by with the creation of a piece that epitomizes the idea of a ‘decorative accessory’. like all the items in this growing collection of works, the emphasis has been on the creation of an expressive object that is characteristic of the designer’s ethos and way of working. the incredible house of cards is a modular sculpture crafted from cardboard. it uses a simple assembly method that when realised creates an optical illusion through the perception of color depending on the position of its viewer.
laura houseley, editor-in-chief of modern design review, is charged with introducing hem to a pool of creative independent design talents and commissioning unique works that are reflective of their designer’s oeuvre whilst also addressing the notions of decorative accessories. milan design week saw the debut of the superscene collection; an oversized landscape of ceramic rainbow, cloud and flowers by london-based artist john booth and ceramicist ian mcintyre who have joined forces under the name supergroup. the limited edition collection will be available to purchase online through this summer and will also be on display during london design festival alongside the brand’s latest and upcoming furniture launches by designers max lamb and lucidipevere.
the immersive installation features 100 limited edition products. an unmissable stop on shoreditch’s design triangle. hem will not only take over the entire venue at 28 redchurch street but also paint its front facade to reflect the playful interior.
17-22 september 2019
tues 10am-7pm (press preview), wed-fri 10am-7pm, sat 10am-6pm, sun 10am-4pm
the redchurch room
28 redchurch street
tube > shoreditch high street
sir john sorrell, chairman of london design festival, invited leaders of london’s cultural institutions to collaborate with some of the world’s most prolific designers to create a ‘legacy’ piece of design – an object of personal or professional relevance to them.
each of the pieces – 10 in total – are beautifully crafted in american red oak, an exciting and sustainable hardwood species that grows abundantly in american forests, and will be fabricated at benchmark furniture in berkshire. nine of the pieces will be presented as a group exhibition at the v&a, after which they will relocate to the homes or institutions of each of the commissioners. the 10th piece, the nest, will be installed at the natural history museum.
“we called upon cultural leaders in london and asked if they would like to contribute to this thought-provoking project,” says sorrell. “we then invited some of the world’s top designers and were delighted when everybody immediately said yes.”
“ahec (american hardwood export council) is always pushing the boundaries for american hardwoods and we wanted to create a project that celebrates the use of red oak to demonstrate not just how beautiful it is for furniture making, but also to test the performance and quality of this abundant wood,” says david venables, european director of ahec. “it’s a fabulous project with incredible designers. we can’t wait to see what emerges from these unique collaborations.”
the 10 commissioners and designers are;
alex beard cbe chief executive, royal opera house, with terence woodgate
amanda nevill cbe ceo, british film institute, with sebastian cox
hans ulrich obrist artistic director, serpentine galleries, with nina tolstrup and jack mama, studiomama
sir ian blatchford director and chief executive, science museum group, with marlène huissoud
iwona blazwick obe director, whitechapel gallery, with yael mer and shay alkalay, raw edges
sir john sorrell cbe chairman, london design festival, with juliet quintero, dallas-pierce-quintero
kwame kwei-armah obe artistic director, young vic, with tomoko azumi
dr maria balshaw cbe director, tate, with max lamb
tamara rojo cbe artistic director, english national ballet, with martino gamper
dr tristram hunt director, v&a, with jasper morrison
supported by american hardwood export council.
tube > south kensington
above > studio job master pieces
during fuorisalone 2019 guiltlessplastic will unfold in 3 events:
ro plastic prize
ro plastic-master’s pieces – see below
ro plastic-master’s pieces
ro plastic-master’s pieces, curated by rossana orlandi, is an exhibition of 29 one-of-a-kind pieces in recycled plastic made by world-renowned artists, designers and architects. exhibition design: studio vudafieri • saverino partners. from april 6th-14th, the exhibition will be open to the public at the railway pavilion of the museo scienza e tecnologia leonardo da vinci in milan.
on exhibit: massimiliano adami – william amor – nacho carbonell – matteo cibic – enrico marone cinzano – jacopo foggini – formafantasma – barnaba fornasetti – maurizio galimberti – jaime hayon – piet hein eek – thierry jeannot – studio job – max lamb – piero lissoni – massimiliano locatelli -fernando mastrangelo – alessandro mendini – lucio micheletti – brodie neill – fabio novembre -studio nucleo – italo rota – james shaw – patricia urquiola – dirk vander kooij – tiziano vudafieri -marcel wanders – nika zupanc.
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