Unusually found physically exhibits 19 designers found on Instagram

The Radford Gallery’s debut exhibition brings together a series of works on the edges of design, art and craft that the curator has found on Instagram.


Addressed Rarely found, the exhibition physically displays the works of contemporary producers, artists and designers who usually display their works on Instagram.

Top: A collection of lamps by Amelia Stevens, John Henshaw, Matthew Verdon, Isabel Alonso, Elliot Barnes and Carsten in der Elst is displayed in a fabric-covered room. Above: 19 designers presented works at the exhibition

“A key part of this exhibition for me has always been that people see real-life work they would otherwise only see on their Instagram feed,” said Radford Gallery founder Max Radford.

“When people would come to visit the show, they would be asked if they could sit down or touch the parts and they would often seem surprised if the answer was yes,” Dezeenu said.

The furniture in the Radfird gallery is made of wood
A trio of engraved furniture by Katy Brett and a piece by Eduardo Barniol are placed below Ben Dawson’s graphics

The Radford Gallery, founded in 2020, has announced a public call for its first exhibition Uncommon Found, after recognizing the lack of shows of its kind in London.

“The gallery was created like me and some Instagram, now real life, friends would search people’s pages looking at all these amazing tactile works created at the boundaries of art and design, but you’ve never seen it in the body, just a perfectly tilted Instagram image,” Radford said. .

The artwork is displayed on the brick walls at the Radford Gallery
A picture of Meryl Yana’s sand and turmeric was placed by Nicholas Sanderson above the pulp chairs

“We knew it was being done here, but there didn’t seem to be a gallery structure to show it, so we decided to do it,” Radford said.

“I already knew of quite a number of artists and designers via Instagram, but I was also aware that the algorithm would allow me to see just that much … to try to reach as many people as possible, we called an open call.”

The objects were places on top of the pedestal covered with cloth in the Radford Gallery
Carsten in der Elst, Dross Table – Rashmi Badisaria and The Snoopy Table – Eddie Olin

The exhibition was held in Hackney Downs Studio in East London and although the work did not share a common theme, 19 designers presented functional, interactive and sculptural pieces that can be physically seen, used and touched.

Four-layer chair for scenography and furniture designers Jaclyn Pappalardo it was coated in tones of ecru while Eduard Barniol created a striped sock, carrying a four-legged side table made of barkless branches.

“I am particularly fascinated by the process behind it Rashmi BidasairaThe ‘Dross’ collection where she managed to use a scrap product from steel production to create new material to make her works, and the parts themselves have a nice shape, ”Radford said.

“Also Nicholas Sandersona series of chairs based on cardboard pulp “History of the Future,” where the pulp is wrapped around a found chair to transform them into etheric objects. “

Red and orange artwork covers the brick wall at the Radford Gallery
Amy Johnston’s red and orange gingham print covers the wall above Lewis Kemmenoe’s wooden console

Shaped like and engraved with decorated paintings from a piece of found porcelain, a trio of plywood chairs Katy Brett they combine the decorative style of the arts and crafts movement with fragmented, primitive forms.

London designer, Elliot Barnes presented a collection of steel items, including an orange leather armchair, a rotating half-light and an oak smoking perch.

The chair was upholstered in green velvet
A chair with tubular legs called the Cove Chair, by Lewis Kemmenoe

Radford told Dezeen that the title of the exhibition was created by merging a wide range of works presented at the exhibition, as well as the British Earth Exhibition in 2013, Unusual Ground.

“The title of the show is the bastardization of the Arts Council of the British Land Art exhibition Uncommon Ground from 2013,” he said.

“The show had a profound effect on my own practice at the time and was always on my mind.” Unusually found “it looked like a perfect title summarizing the breadth and breadth of the work we were showing.”

A sculpture that is contracted and unfolded is on display
Sculpture by Jean-Baptiste Coulomb

Uncommon Found is the first in a series of cultural collaborations between Max Radford and Hackney Downs Studios.

The partnership stemmed from the common interest of Radford and Hackney Down Studios to provide a platform to present local and local design talent. The works exhibited in the show can still be viewed by appointment via gallery.

Collection of vases and sculptures made of cement and stone
A pillar sculpture carved by Samuel Collins from limestone was placed next to three vases by Tessa Silva

Founded in 2020 Max Radford, Radford Gallery wants to create an honest, democratic and supportive space for creators and new artists.

Recently, Olivier Garcé transformed his home in New York into an exhibition space for contemporary art and design. In New York, the Friedman Band Gallery presented Split Personality, an exhibition that explores the value of designer items.

It’s a photo Genevieve Lutkin.

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