Inspired by India

Hello again! Its been far too long. I’ve just returned from my first ever behind the scenes photo shoot in Sintra with the team. It was hard work but the results were stunning…I shall post the shots as soon as they are ready for public viewing.

After a day of rest, the new week began with preparations for the new Inspired by India exhibition at Sotheby’s A Selling Exhibition of Contemporary Design – Curated by Janice Blackburn and styled by Trisha Guild (with my colleague and I assisting).

Neon and black Jewellry cabinet

“The show features textiles, ceramics, jewellery, furniture and photography by established designers, such as Alice Cicolini, Rahul Kumar and Sabyasachi Mukherjee and up-and-coming artists such as Els Woldhek and Pia Wustenberg, all of whom have been inspired by the culture, colours and crafts of India.

Commenting on “Inspired by India” Janice Blackburn said: “Crafts we associate with India – weaving, embroidery, metal work and enamelling – are sadly disappearing. The way to preserve these wonderful techniques is to move them forward with well-designed products, which combine traditional skills in a contemporary way without sacrificing their historical context. All the designers I have selected share a passion for India and have produced work which is a successful marriage between the best of fine, original design without compromising the rich tradition of India’s hand-making processes. I am delighted to introduce their work and offer it to collectors through Inspired by India.” – Sotheby’s

Mini Red Ceramic Pots but Rahul Kumar styled on wooden crates

It was felt that the scheme of the show should be very organic and rough- luxe so we procured old pallets and crates from the Sotheby’s warehouse, which btw, was amazing in itself! One of our crates had even contained a Francis Bacon work of art- excited much!

On site we set about stacking the pallets and crates for the exhibitors to display their work on. We hung Designers Guilds banners of fabric, weaved in India, to add colour, give form and balance the room. One of my favourite touches was stenciling on the exhibitors name with a typewriter font onto the wood which had been spray painted in either a neon orange or pink beforehand to add a little funk factor!

Colourful Design Exhibition Featuring Furniture & Art

The results looked fabulous, if I do say so myself. It was so lovely to collaborate with the artists also who all turned up throughout the day to help display their work, not to mention being given the opportunity to help style an exhibiton in one of Londons most prestigious galleries. I really hope the show goes well for the whole team.

Inspired by India is running from 8-15 May 2012 (closed 12th of May) opening times on the website.

(Images by Design88)

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The Starbucks Cave

Following on from the theme of geometry last week I just had to share a quick post I found on Fine Composition this morning regarding a very special looking Starbucks. I wish I could enjoy a caramel macchiato at this establishment but, alas, I would have to go all the way to Japan to enjoy these gorgeous surroundings.

Wooden Architectural Starbucks Coffee Location

“The location of this Starbucks is somehow characteristic, as it stands on the main approach to the Dazaifu Tenmangu, one of the most major shrines in Japan. Established in 919 A.D., the shrine has been worshiped as “the God for Examination,” and receives about 2 million visitors a year who wish their success. Along the main path to the shrine, there are traditional Japanese buildings in one or two stories. The project aimed to make a structure that harmonizes with such town scape, using a unique system of weaving thin woods diagonally.” – Kengo Kuma & Associates

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Total length of the sticks used in the build reached as far as 4.4km! Kengo Kuma & Associates used a diagonal weaving technique in order to bring in a sense of direction and fluidity.

Its quite clear that Starbucks don’t really need to do much to get customers through their doors but it would be nice to be drawn in to your local chain with as stunning interior architecture such as this. Here’s hoping Starbucks invest and bring a similar magic to a store near you!

If you would like to read more on the project please visit the Kengo Kuma & Associates website for details.