Exhibition of 8 Dutch designers
London Design Festival 2016, 22-25 September
Connecting the Dots returns to the London Design Festival from 22 – 25 September 2016 with the exhibition Enlightened Design. The stunning historic house at 4 Princelet Street plays host to the fourth edition of the Dots which presents the work of eight designers from the Netherlands.
An intriguing terrace house, seven Dutch designers: Enlightened Design presents an intimate exhibition that explores light, time and lightness. Time takes a leap of almost three centuries: in an authentic Georgian house, seven Dutch designers will exhibit their most recent work. Designers include Femke van Gemert, Jolanda van Goor, Maarten Olden, Bo Reudler, Studio Hamerhaai and Morgan Ruben. Natural materials, repurposed techniques and imperfection are some of the themes covered in their work.
This year the Dots takes a different approach. Initiator David Heldt explains: “Instead of exhibiting in a hectic location where people rush between stands, this time we wanted a space that would arouse curiosity and wow visitors yet make them feel immediately at home. It should be somewhere that slows people down and encourage connection between them.”
The answer was found at 4 Princelet Street in Spitalfields, a Georgian merchant’s house popular today as a location for filming and photo shoots. With its atmospheric original interior, the historic setting beautifully offsets the contemporary pieces on show, accentuating their timelessness. It is also conveniently located around the corner from the London Design Fair (incorporating Tent/Super Brands) at Brick Lane.
With London being a major hub for architecture and interior design practices, it was essential for Dutch designers to be represented at LDF. Heldt: “With this edition we’re actively reaching out to these firms with the designers’ works that suit projects across the spectrum from commercial and hospitality interiors to private residences.” For instance a strong market in the UK for wall coverings favours the work of Femke van Gemert and Bo Reudler which aims to revive the tactility and richness of textiles on walls in contemporary interiors. Visitors are warmly invited to stay and linger at the exhibition, soak up the atmosphere and lose track of time…
22 – 25 September 10am – 8pm. Sunday till 6pm
Mixing the Dots Opening Cocktail
Friday 5pm – 9pm
4 Princelet Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6QH