Enlightened Design – celebrating light and lightness in design
2nd edition, London Design Festival, 21-24 September 2017
In a dark, slightly decrepit 15-room, 18th-century Georgian merchant house in Spitalfields, Connecting the Dots is organising the second edition of Enlightened Design, an exhibition about light and lightness in design. This year’s exhibition is open to both British and Dutch designers and brands. As two countries have a larger network than one, we believe business will profit from working together.
We have selected two locations, and it is still unsure which one will be available. 4 Princelet Street, last year’s venue, would be convenient, but it might be occupied. Therefore, the Crypt Gallery has been booked as well.
4 Princelet Street
The house at 4 Princelet Street was originally build by the owner of The Old Truman Brewery just around the corner. The double fronted merchant’s house, conserved in its original condition from top to bottom, is one of the last of the original East-London houses to be built on a street where dozens of French Huguenot families, escaping Catholic prosecution in France, settled during the early 1700s. The 18th century yellow-brick Georgian time capsule lays behind the Old Spitalfields Market. The floorboards and dog-leg staircase behind the crimson door hide more than three centuries of stories.
Nowadays, the building is mainly used as a film set by the BBC and for photo shoots for fashion magazines.
The Crypt of St Pancras Parish Church was designed and used for coffin burials from 1822, when the Church was opened, to 1854, when the crypts of all London churches were closed to burials. Crypt burial was seen as a slightly better alternative to the overcrowded village burial grounds for those who could afford it… and it was a useful revenue for the churches.
The first burial was that of Ellen Strachey, aged 12, on June 6, 1822. The last burial was that of Harry Pearce, aged 71, on October 27, 1854. In both World Wars, the Crypt was used as an air raid shelter. In 2002, the Crypt at St Pancras Church became a gallery space. This peaceful space is still the final resting place of 557 people.
The Crypt Gallery, Euston is one of the most atmospheric and unique galleries in London. The gallery itself is practically untouched, with many of its original features intact. Its intriguing tunnels and secreted spaces are ideal for projection, installation and site specific work as well as providing an intensely atmospheric back drop to more conventional media.
Exhibition design is minimal, objects are placed within the authentic building. If necessary, objects are highlighted with a spotlight. Signage is done with banners, designed by Connecting the Dots’ graphic designers, suspended from the ceiling. A banner includes the company name, designer, contact details and a brief explanation of the work.
Network and communication
Enlightened Design is an official partner of The London Design Festival 2017 and the Shoreditch Design Triangle. We work in close collaboration with the Embassy of The Netherlands in London.
Exhibition opening times
21-24 Sept. Daily 10 AM – 8 PM.
Fri. and Sun. open till 6 PM.
Fri. 22 Sept. 6 PM – 11 PM
Enlightened Design 1ste edition 2016
During the London Design Festival 2016, Connecting the Dots organised the first edition of Enlightened Design in a dark, slightly decrepit 15-room, 18th-century Georgian merchant house in Spitalfields. The exhibition was very well received by the public, the press and the exhibitors.
- Press Release 2016: http://ymlp.com/zS0rnP
- Resume 2016: http://ymlp.com/z2FmKL
- Review by Pamono: https://www.pamono.com/stories/david-heldt-the-futurists-4
Participation is by invitation. However, if you want to propose your work, or the work of somebody else, please send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org