Architects and designers are often asked whose work inspired them as students and influenced their thinking, but Roca London Gallery’s autumn show suggests that design inspiration actually goes back much further than this, into early childhood, and can take some unexpected forms. Writer and curator Clare Farrow has interviewed six leading architects and designers about their recollections of childhood perceptions, experiences and sensations, as a key to understanding what for them has now become intuitive in their practice. Inspired by Chanel’s words – ‘Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions’ – the theme of the show extends beyond architecture and furniture design into the world of fashion, in the inspirational form of milliner Philip Treacy, whose childhood memories also encompass light, colour, nature, scent, materials, structure, and above all, a heightened sensitivity to the world.
Conceived as modern-day, multi-sensory, interactive cabinets of curiosities - as reflected in the exhibition design by architecture and design studio Mentsen - the designers’ memories are re-collected through photographs, text, objects, materials, scent, film, music and sketches, in the context of their contemporary designs.
TitleExhibition: Childhood ReCollections
OrganizersRoca London Gallery
FromSeptember 17, 2015 09:00 AM
UntilJanuary 23, 2016 05:00 PM
VenueRoca London Gallery
AddressStation Court, Townmead Road, London, SW6 2PY