Architect Sir John Soane, was once described as the ‘master of space and light’, as his architecture always placed a great emphasis on the use of light and shadow. This aspect of Soane’s work will be explored by leading contemporary designers in a pop-up exhibition, entitled Space and Light , opening during this year’s London Design Festival. The curated display features work by the likes of Paul Schütze, Ab Rogers, Sebastian Bergne and Tiipoi, and will be installed in the Museum’s historic No.12 Breakfast Room.
Space and Light features a collection of one-off pieces and never-before-seen products, all available for sale, offering visitors a rare opportunity to own unique and limited edition designs from some of the world’s most exciting designers and creatives.
Multi-disciplinary artist and photographer Paul Schütze has created a limited edition photographic print of the Soane Museum’s interiors illuminated by London’s night sky, whilst architect and designer Ab Rogers presents a brand new kinetic LED light.
New design brand Tiipoi, founded by Spandana Gopa, will showcase the unique Mirror 6. This distinctive piece has been crafted by a family of mirror makers from Aranmula, Kerala, India – an area famous for traditional craftsmanship and its skilled glass and mirror makers. The family, who has been crafting mirrors for generations and has kept the manufacturing process a family secret for over 600 years. The mirror is no more than 3mm thick and has been hand polished over a number of days to obtain a flawless reflective finish. The largest known Aranmula mirror, to date, is currently held in the archives of the British Museum and measures 45cm. For London Design Festival, Tiipoi will present the newly commissioned Mirror 6, measuring 55cm.
Renowned industrial designer Sebastian Bergne has created a sculptural lamp entitled Flame which has been inspired by the caricature images of flames found in comics and cartoons.
Other works on display include a series hanging statue-lamps and a delicately formed miniature gold chandelier encased inside an everyday light bulb, created by interior designers Mineheart. Critically acclaimed architect Antonino Cardillo will showcase the MIN lamp, an arch-shaped sculpture beautifully carved from a single shard of mineral.
Xanthe Arvanitakis, Managing Director of Soane Museum Enterprises says:
“This pop-up exhibition truly reflects Soane’s multi-faceted architectural legacy and we are absolutely thrilled to be presenting Space and Light during London Design Festival. To showcase these 21st Century creation within Soane’s 18th Century home is a wonderful contribution to this year’s LDF from these very talented designers.”
All pieces from the exhibition are available from the Sir John Soane’s Museum Shop and each purchase supports the Museum, its public programme and its ongoing temporary exhibition programme.