A Living Space
Curated by Kit Kemp
Commissioning Art and Craft for the Home

27.08.10 - 02.10.10

Focus Artists:
Emmanuel Cooper -ceramics
Sarah Kay -furniture
Kristina Kitchener -jewellery
Gareth Mason -ceramics

Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) is delighted to announce that tastemaker, designer and global hotelier extraordinaire Kit Kemp is curating an exhibition in their central London gallery space during the London Design Festival.

Kit Kemp has commissioned totally one-off work from dozens of the top British craftspeople working today as part of the show.  As Design Director of Firmdale Hotels, Kemp employs her incredible eye for interior design to transform the gallery into a Bloomsbury-Group inspired sitting room. Full of rich colours, sensual textiles and beautiful objets, ‘A Living Space’ is designed to illustrate the vast possibilities of working with craft in a domestic environment, and how it can transform a room.  A major feature is the bespoke plate wall installation, where Kemp has ambitiously asked 100 makers to create one plate each in the material of their choice:  wood, ceramics, metal, textiles or glass.

Kemp is at ease with commissioning works of contemporary applied art, as this is something she does often with CAA for her many hotels – but the process of directing a craft maker to create a totally bespoke piece can be a daunting experience for many.

As part of the exhibition CAA is launching a new service called ‘Commissioning Craft’ meant to demystify the process commissioning a piece of work for an interior.  CAA will provide a specially designed guide leaflet and a dedicated member of staff to customers who sign up for this free new service.

Other highlights of the exhibition include specially commissioned work including:

• Honeycomb-inspired chest of drawers by Rupert Williamson
• Recycled-wood bench/blanked box by Edward Teasdale
• Cushion textiles by Eleanor Pritchard
• Grey oak and pebble table with glass legs by Schotten and Hansen
• The Rug Company rugs (for the wall) based on designs by artist Breon O’Casey
• Large mixed media wall pieces by Anna Raymond
• Metal wall piece by Ane Christensen
• Installation of lime-washed wood pieces by Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling
• Punctuated ceramic lighting by Ikuko Iwamoto
• Ten tall white ceramic vessels by Rupert Spira
• Window blinds with large striking images designed by Michelle House

.  Many of the pieces in ‘A Living Space’ will be available for sale to the public.






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