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Enlightened Design – celebrating light and lightness in design
2nd edition, London Design Festival, 21-24 September 2017
Visiting the London Design Festival and looking for design that clearly stands out? Enlightened Design steps out of the shadow of big trade shows and puts the spotlight on design with an illuminated quality that is not to be found elsewhere. The group exhibition in The Crypt Gallery of St Pancras Parish Church by Dutch curator David Heldt showcases work from Dutch design studios, among others, Arnout Visser, Bernotat&Co, Morgan Ruben, and Marc de Groot, from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 September. Quality is not only to be found in the presented objects but also in the gallery-like presentation that transcends the volatile and busy trade floors of today’s international design fairs.
Enlightened Design II is the follow-up to the successful first edition held last September in an untouched and slightly decrepit 18th-century Georgian merchant house in Spitalfields. The unexpected, anachronistic experience of walking through the rather darkened space, with its uneven floors and peeling paint, created the effect Heldt intended: ‘to slow people down, arouse their curiosity, and make them feel at home.’ This year’s edition has found an equally cinematographic and untouched location: the crypt of St Pancras Parish Church. ‘This space was chosen to make the very most of this selection of lighting. I am looking forward to the result; for example, how Arnout Visser’s enormous glass mushrooms flourish in the serene, damp space.’
Selection of press coverage
Core77 (USA): Where to Surround Yourself with Beautiful Design During London Design Festival
Artribune (Italy): London Design Week. Top & Flop: ecco cosa ci è piaciuto e cosa no. I giudizi di Artribune
Enlightened Design II
The London Design Festival, 21-24 September 2017
Opening hours: Thu 10AM – 8PM, Fri 10AM – 6PM, Sat 10AM – 8PM, Sun 10AM – 6PM
The Crypt Gallery
St. Pancras Parish Church
Euston Road,London, NW1 2BA
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The Crypt Gallery
The Crypt of St Pancras Parish Church was designed and used for coffin burials from 1822 to 1854. The Crypt Gallery, 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.
Please go to our Press Pack for high resolution images and the press release. For more information and visual material please do not hesitate to contact David Heldt: firstname.lastname@example.org / +31615510727. On Friday 22 September, a private viewing will be held in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands from 6PM – 9PM. To RSVP, please email: email@example.com
Enlightened Design 1ste edition LDF 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.
- Resume 2016: http://ymlp.com/z2FmKL
- Review by Pamono: https://www.pamono.com/stories/david-heldt-the-futurists-4