17 — 18, 20 — 25 Sep 2022
Craft, Interiors & Furniture, Fashion & Textiles, Art / Collectibles
Vintage furniture gallery Béton Brut takes up residency at No. 9 Albemarle Street, Paul Smith’s London flagship shop in Mayfair. In a special curation by design dealer Sophie Pearce, Béton Brut evolves its monochrome palette and embraces colour, in direct response to Paul Smith’s signature vibrancy.
Curated vintage furniture studio Béton Brut will be ‘in residence’ at the Paul Smith London flagship shop in Mayfair. Launching officially at London Design Festival 2022, No. 9 Albemarle Street becomes Béton Brut's new central London showroom to showcase its rare and unique collection of vintage furniture and artworks. Located in the dedicated furniture and art space at Paul Smith’s Albemarle Street lower ground floor, the edit of works from 18th to the 20th century will be refreshed regularly. The initial selection, including desks, lighting, sofas, screens, chairs, sculptures and more, have been hand-picked with the unique Mayfair shop space in mind. In a special LDF curation, Founder Sophie Pearce evolves Béton Brut's usual monochrome palette to embrace colour, in direct response to Paul Smith’s signature eclecticism. The residency, set to be a long-term arrangement, reflects Paul Smith’s lifelong appreciation for design and interiors and follows the recent launch of his brand’s own homewares collection and home fragrance launch. Paul Smith – @paulsmithdesign – is Britain’s leading independent design company. Paul Smith champions positivity, curiosity and creativity. And these qualities underpin every Paul Smith design, whether it’s a shirt, a shop or a special collaboration. Paul Smith is a British company with a global outlook. What began in a small, three-by-three metre shop in Nottingham, England in 1970 has grown to 130 shops and counting around the world, with locations in over 60 countries. Béton Brut – www.betonbrut.co.uk @betonbrutlondon – presents rare design-led furniture and lighting from Europe and Japan. Curated by design dealer Sophie Pearce, the collection coheres around functional art and sculptural forms. The Béton Brut team works with individuals and the trade to source, restore and curate. With a permanent studio and prop-house in Hackney Wick, the gallery will now have a central London presence at Paul Smith, 9 Albemarle Street, London. Sophie Pearce is a respected collector of vintage design. With a global following, she pulls pieces from different design moments into a unified and sculptural aesthetic. “Hugely influential on the collecting scene, whatever her impeccable eye singles out – be it furniture, lighting or artworks – inevitably becomes highly sought after.” [Elle Decoration, May 2021].