Selected by possibly the world’s most famous trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort, The Graduates exhibition will unveil work from 14 design talents, ranging from London’s own Royal College of Art to the Royal Danish Design Academy.
The gallery space is in the heart of the Mayfair Design District, which is a new destination for this year’s London Design Festival where cutting-edge contemporary design meets traditional craftsmanship from cordwainers to cabinetmakers.
This new generation of design talent, which was selected from more than 50 academies, will be exploring the concept of identity in an innovative and experimental way that allows them to leave their mark.
Named by Icon as one of the ‘Most Influential People in Design’ Edelkoort says of the show: ‘A fresh generation of designers are investigating their roots – sometimes literally going back in history to uncover authenticity and primal instincts. They create hybrids between technology and touch, innovating materials, forging form and conceptualising rituals for a more humble lifestyle fit for our ever-evolving times.
‘A new form of archaeology emerges,’ she continues. ‘Students catalogue this experience by creating new artefacts, remnants for living that are arranged as still lives. A true sense of exploring classic of ancient beauty, rendered in quick gestures and abstract patterns, sporadically using colour in hushed harmonies. Furniture is therefore coated to look like stone, a post-fossil idea dreamt up for tomorrow’s Fred Flintstone. Amphorae resemble historical vestiges while bronze is cast into miniature monuments, decorating homes, composing collections and providing spiritual depth for the future.’
A good example of this is the imposing ‘Elemental Cabinet’ by Kostas Lambridis, who has mixed five layers of categorised materials by weight including minerals, metals, woods, plastics and textiles – it references the past, resembling a piece of antique furniture but in an abstract form. Carlo Lorenzetti’s vessels, which appear almost like ancient artefacts, also create ‘a juxtaposition of familiarity and strangeness’, according to Lorenzetti.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery, which was set up by childhood friends Julien Lombrail and Loic Le Gaillard, has a well-established reputation for showcasing the work of the world’s rising stars and ‘designers going outside their traditional territories of expression’.
The Graduates, curated by Lidewij Edelkoort, runs until September 23 at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, 4 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4GA.