SO SOTTSASS

Sep

16-22

2013

Mon-Fri: 11-7pm, Sat: 11-6pm, Sun: 12-5pm

Free Event

http://www.darkroomlondon.com

Installation

Darkroom launches a playfully postmodern season based on our design hero, Ettore Sottsass. Collaborating with Studio Pepe, Zuzunaga and Stone Theatre amongst others, Darkroom will be transformed into an installation comprised of eye-popping and gloriously garish accessories for men, women, and home.

Preview: 16th September — 6:30-8:30

DARKROOM PRESENTS: SO SOTTSASS – A SEASON OF PLAYFUL POSTMODERN DESIGN

For A/W 2013, celebrated design accessories [shop/showroom] Darkroom are excited to present their new collection for men, women, and home, with collaborations and commissions inspired by visionary Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass.

To coincide with the London Design Festival in September, Darkroom will be launching a playfully postmodern season based on the work of one of our longstanding design heroes, Ettore Sottsass. Collaborating with new and recognised artists and designers including Studio Pepe, Spotti Edizione, Jamie Julien-Brown, Fred Butler, Elke Kramer, Zuzunaga, Trend mosaics and Stone Theatre. Darkroom’s store on Lamb’s Conduit Street will be transformed into an installation comprised of eye-popping and gloriously garish accessories for men, women, and home.

This is Sottsass with a twist, so expect a sculptural array of hand-painted laminate-style patterns, colour palettes that clash cute with crazy, and juxtaposed materials that push the boundaries between furniture and fashion, plus jewellery that double as objets d’art, and textiles, pillows, stationery and bags.

Visionary and contrary, throughout his life Sottsass worked across many disciplines, and his influence can be found everywhere from high fashion to office furniture in the second half of the 20th century. From the iconic Valentine typewriter for Olivetti, to the subversively kitschy furniture of the Memphis group, Sottsass enlivened the functionality of ordinary objects, while pushing the boundaries of current tastes and creating new paradigms for future design.

For our So Sottsass season, Darkroom will be drawing on the designer’s bright and playful palette from his time with the legendary Memphis Group, and we’ll also be finding inspiration from the rough-edged modernism of his early ceramics and glassworks, hewn with an eye for structural simplicity and a penchant for wistful futurism.

Darkroom is a bold design brand. Originally housed in a celebrated store on London's Lamb's Conduit Street, Darkroom now presents it's expanding design collections and collaborations online and through selected retailers and special pop-up experiences.

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