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London Design Festival | Revivalist Meeting

September 29, 2009


Stacked Ercol chairsSusan Smart Photography

In the courtyard of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Martino Gamper created arches made of stacked Ercol chairs.

At the London Design Festival, the writer and curator Max Fraser has organized three exhibitions to publicize his brand-new “London Design Guide.” Each exhibition is thematically linked to one of what his book describes as the city’s design tribes: the New Modernists are shown at Viaduct; the Escapists at the design store Mint; and the Revivalists at the Contemporary Applied Arts gallery. They’re all interesting shows, but it’s that last one that caught my eye, because everywhere you look this week, historical references abound, particularly among young designers.

And the Revivalists show features several of them, including Simon Hasan, the craft-obsessed R.C.A. grad I mentioned in my last post, and Lee Broom, whose new Heritage Boy series wraps sideboards, tables and lamps in old Persian rugs and classic British tiles. For the Corn Craft show, organized by Gallery FUMI and Studio Toogood to “celebrate the beauty of corn and forgotten folk craft,” Nacho Carbonell and Raw-Edges made furniture out of raw maize and wheat.

Read more at: The New York Times, London Design Festival: Revivalist Meeting

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