Shiro Kuramata’s furniture designs at Aram Store

Shiro KuramataRemember this wavy chest of drawers? The one that makes you feel like you’re seeing it through rippling water or after a few too many drinks? Shiro Kuramata designed it, and a lot of other iconic furniture of the late twentieth century, influencing a whole raft of European designers along the way. Now you have the chance to see what made his designs so special in a rare exhibition of his work at the Aram Store on Drury Lane. Continue reading

Lacquer, Japanning and Eileen Gray – the new furniture gallery at the V&A

Lacquer and mother-of-pearl cofferI’m not usually quick off the mark, so left to myself I probably wouldn’t have got around to the new Dr Susan Weber Furniture Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum before the spring, but Yannick rushed off to see it virtually as soon as it opened so I tagged along. And found it much more interesting than I expected.  Continue reading

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. Continue reading