London Design Festival+Eley Kishimoto+Aram Gallery=Wow

Eley Kishimoto Narumi platesThe London Design Festival is here again with so much to see and do I feel quite dizzy. I’ll never get round it all but I’ve made a start with the fabulous Eley Kishimoto Living with Patterns exhibition at the Aram Gallery on Drury Lane.

Eley Kishimoto means rugs to me so I was bowled over to discover that the compact exhibition included china, shoes, clothes ceramics, and lace as well.

First of all, a bit of background; Eley Kishimoto is a partnership of Wakako Kishimoto from Sapporo and Mark Eley from Cardiff. They’ve been specializing in prints since they got together in the early 1990’s and started their own womenswear line. Nowadays they also offer an eclectic range of collaborations which are showcased in this exhibition.

Eley Kishimoto exhibition title signI’ll begin with what I liked best: the plates from their bone china collection with Narumi Ceramics which are decorated with prints from the Eley Kishimoto Autumn/Winter 2012 womenswear collection.

Eley Kishimoto Narumi Fox plateEley Kishimoto Narumi chequer pattern plateEley Kishimoto Narumi striped suit plateAnd the witty shoes from Clarks. (Clarks – who’d have thought it?)

Eley Kishimoto Clarks shoesI also loved the lace from MYB Textiles, produced on original Nottingham Lace looms. which provided a light and airy background to the other exhibits – especially lovely on a sunny day like today.

Eley Kishimoto MYB Textiles laceEley Kishimoto MYB Textiles laceI’m a long-term fan of the rich colours and designs of Moorcroft Design Studio’s ceramics; teaming these with Eley Kishimoto prints produces a highly covetable set of vases.

Eley Kishimoto Moorcroft VasesEley Kishimoto Moorcroft VaseEley Kishimoto Moorcroft VaseDresses from the womenswear collection for Spring/Summer 2013

Eley Kishimoto dressesAnd of course the rugs:

Eley Kishimoto rugEley Kishimoto rugEley Kishimoto rugThe exhibition is on until 27th October so you’ve got plenty of time to drop in and see it. It’s free and it’s on the third floor at the Aram Store so take a peek at the wonderful furniture by great 20th century designers like Eileen Grey on the way up.

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