Willer – New Objects : 3 MakersNovember 20, 2017
Willer has always been a gallery in the forefront of our mind when seeking inspiration. Founded by Rebecca Willer, the Kensington based space is renown for its distinct aesthetic, with a strong focus on the history of design, the team at Willer use their wide rooted knowledge of the industry to carefully select each collection featured. For this reason we were highly excited to receive an invitation to their latest exhibition; New Objects : 3 Makers. Metal. Glass. Wood. Marble.
Incorporating the gallery’s passion for natural materials and elegant design, Willer selected 3 international makers, and built this exquisite collection of Objects. Each designer has an ethos perfectly relevant to sit within the space.
Arno De Clercq
Belgium designer and art dealer, Arno De Clercq started off his career studying interior design. After briefly opening a gallery for ethnographic art and design, De Clercq closed his space and started work on a collection of bespoke items, which he launched in May 2017. Inspired by African Tribal art and Japanese wood work techniques, De Clercq drew upon a lack of larger interior objects in modern design, compared to 100 years ago.
De Clercq formed his collection of Brutalist style objects from a tropical hard wood called Iroko. Discovered whilst on a trip to West Africa, the young designer was inspired by the history of the material, with local culture depicting ancestors living within the trees.Also experimenting with Belgium Oak, dried for 30 years, De Clercq treated both materials using the Japanese ‘Shou Sugi Bart’ technique in which the objects are burnt to protect them from weathering. Each Object is left with an individual texture. With so much history behind it, and each item being hand finished by the designer himself, this collection is truly unique and special.
New York based design studio, Apparatus, explores the relationship between lighting, furniture and objects within an immersive environment, with a focal point on history and culture. Through use of sensual materials, such as marble, suede and glass, the progressive studio approaches work as a narrative. Creative director Gabriel Hendifar is hugely inspired by the modernist principal of a total work of art, the studio carefully considers not only the objects themselves but the space in which they exist.
Formed of carefully considered modular candlesticks and exquisite cast glass bases topped with subtle metal bowls, this collection oozes elegance and sophistication, with a generous nod to history, making Willer the perfect space for it’s showcase.
Phillip Michael Wolfson
Collaborating with Willer, is not something Phillip Michael Wolfson is new too, with many of his collections being featured at the Kensington space.This time Wolfson has produced a series of steel centre pieces. The American maker, who was Head of Design at Zaha Hadid’s studio for ten years, drew inspiration from his renowned T-X bench ahead of creating the collection. With multiple sizes and heights, each modular centre piece is elegant sat alone, or conversational when layered. Perfect for creating levels, the strong shapes compliment each other well. The steel, left bare or dark patinated posses a sophisticated texture, giving the collection a wonderfully industrial luxe feel. Wolfson, who is influenced by the ideas of the Twentieth Century Modernist movement, in particular, Constructivism and Futurism, channels this ethos into his designs, producing a refined, brutal outcome.
New Objects: 3 Makers will be running at Willer until the 23rd of December; we highly recommend going to see these unique pieces as well as the stunning permanent collection. With an aesthetic similar to Axel Vervoortd, one of House of Grey’s favourite galleries, the Kensington space is a true London gem.