For nearly 25 years, David Gill has been at the fore of contemporary art and design. Many of the iconic pieces he has collaborated on have now joined museum collections worldwide and won international prizes. A true pioneer of limited-edition works, Gill established his eponymous London gallery in 1987.
Among the handful of esteemed artists at David Gill Gallery in London, the Fredrikson Stallard studio never fails to fascinate and inspire.
Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard commenced their collaboration in 1995 and have since become internationally recognized as leading proponents of avant-garde design. “They work against the odds and with great optimism,” says Gill. “But the ultimate reward for this process, this refusal to give up, is work that offers extraordinary resolution."
Fredrikson Stallard has exhibited widely including in London, Paris, Milan, New York, Madrid, San Francisco, Shanghai, Beijing, Basel and Miami. Their clients include some of the biggest names in contemporary design, including Swarovski, Jaguar, Chanel, Gieves & Hawkes, Veuve Clicquot, Wallpaper*, Comme des Garçons, Dunhill, The Savoy Hotel, Soho & Tribeca Grand, and Iittala.
From March 9 to April 9, the Gallery held the duo’s Gravity exhibition of work, which included a table, console, mirror, light, and a series of accessories. Included in the show was the new ‘gravity’ table which features a sleek ice-like surface that contrasts with its fractured, jagged base. Present were also the dark red velvet sofas ‘species I’ (below) and ‘species II’.
The exhibition encapsulated the duo’s interest in "the dichotomy between analog and digital; controlled and chaotic forces; and serene and dynamic energies", according to designboom. Gravity at David Gill Gallery in London has now concluded, but a selection of Fredrikson and Stallard’s pieces are available for sale.
Young Bright Things, Curated by Gianluca Longo
David Gill’s annual Young Bright Things exhibition, now showing at the gallerist’s eponymous space, is a celebration of emerging creative talent. This year’s event has been curated by W magazine’s Contributing European Editor, Gianluca Longo. “I had in mind a kind of ‘party’…” he told the Financial Times’ How To Spend It, “…where all the artists bring their creations under one roof and have fun together. I have focused on craftsmanship as it’s something that I am very fond of.”
And the eclectic mix of creatives brought together this year by Longo include fresh faces from the fields of art, design, illustration and fashion, many of whom are relatively new to their respective disciplines. Charlotte Dellal for example, the designer behind Charlotte Olympia, will be showcasing her first pieces of furniture, and illustrator Luke Edward Hall will debut his first set of tableware.
Also taking part are fine jewelry designer Noor Fares, who Carmen has been proud to support since her first foray into the field, and sculptor Annie Morris, whose stacks of coloured clay spheres have become her design signature.
Young Bright Things at David Gill Gallery runs until 13th May.