The LDF19 installation at our Marylebone store is a collaboration with global contemporary and modern art gallery Hauser & Wirth. The display is a tribute to some of the most indomitable artists and designers around.
Feast your eyes on a banquet of artist-led design objects and collectibles from some of Hauser & Wirth’s unmatched roster of artists. Furthermore, the entire installation encircles a grand table alongside the newly launched Latis and Kolho Chairs to create a unique display. Find out more about some of the featured artists and their pieces below.
Larry Bell established his career by the time he was 30, owing to his mastering of both glass and light. He centres his work around the distinctive qualities of glass and includes both sculpture and furniture design. During the 1960s, Bell was one of the key influencers of LA’s burgeoning art scene.
French-American artist Louise Bourgeois is renowned for creating large-scale sculpture and installation art. Her designs were paramount to the twentieth century’s abstract expressionist, surrealist and feminist art movements. Educated at the prestigious Sorbonne, she explored themes of domesticity, death, the body and the subconscious.
The installation offers two designs of sterling silver earrings based on Bourgeois' 'Spiral Woman' from 2003 and 'Untitled' from 1995. A limited-edition of 250, the earrings are designed by Simone Rocha for Hauser & Wirth.
Above all, American sculptor Alexander Calder is best known for his invention of hanging mobiles. Despite this, he was a master of many mediums: painting, designing theatre sets and creating prints. Calder had a creative family and therefore it’s unsurprising that he was the youngest artist to receive a retrospective at MoMA. Throughout his life he crossed paths with the likes of Joan Miró, Le Corbusier and Pablo Picasso.
The installation presents limited-edition sets of six plates crafted in France by Bernardaud and the Calder Foundation. Founded in 1863, Bernardaud boasts more than 150 years in innovation and creativity within the porcelain market.
Celebrated for his impressive abstract works, the well-travelled Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida was celebrated for his work on the metaphysical. Through the use of traditional Basque materials iron, wood and steel, Chillida took pride in simplicity and balance.
The installation boasts Chillida-themed cushions from french textile master Jules Pansu, a special-edition Canadian triptych, handcrafted Italian scarves and pocket squares, a Scottish lambswool blanket and a porcelain plate set.
Conceptual and installation master Jenny Holzer is closely associated with the feminist movement. She sparks political debate and shines a light on injustice through the mediums of LED, billboards and print. Focussing on power, violence and vulnerability, her recent works have been linked to Expressionism and Suprematism.
Matthew Day Jackson
Matthew Day Jackson’s artistry encompasses sculpture, painting, photography and product design. He is largely inspired by themes of the human mind, technological advancement and the American Dream. His work is lauded all over the world, most recently as a result of his Kolho furniture collection.
The installation presents a limited-edition of 50 Matthew Day Jackson silkscreen prints printed in London, as well as an MAA game which includes two spherical dice designed and crafted by the artist himself.
With an eye for structure and process, Richard Jackson’s Abstract Impressionism-influenced work always comes complete with eruptions of colours. Consequently, this unparalleled craftsmanship and engineering invites viewers to see a unique portrayal of everyday American life.
The installation boasts a limited-edition of 200 Richard Jackson bobbleheads, based on the figure of a baseball player but with the artist in their place.
Annie Leibovitz’s career as a photojournalist spans nearly 50 years. She has created iconic contributions for leading publications such as Rolling Stone, Vogue and Vanity Fair. Her unique photographic style allows an intimate understanding of her subjects as is consequently demonstrated in each photo she takes. Furthermore, her sitters include the likes of John Lennon, Susan Sontag and Keith Haring.
The installation presents several limited-edition signed and numbered copies of Leibovitz' Sumo book from Taschen. Featuring a Keith Haring cover, the collectable is complete with a tripod bookstand designed by Marc Newson.
New York-based conceptual artist Zoe Leonard is also a prominent activist for queer politics and AIDS advocacy. Above all, she balances photography, sculpture and installation to explore the prevalent themes of gender, loss and displacement. One of her most famous works is the 1992 poem ‘I want a president’.
Italian artist Fabio Mauri’s work explores the themes of communication and manipulation through the mediums of film, installation and sculpture. Mauri worked primarily during the post-war years and as a result his art portrays the Second World War and the Holocaust. Furthermore, his traumatic experiences of these events helped make him their most credible illustrator.
From performance and photography to drawing and video, Paul McCarthy’s work is certainly renowned for breaking convention. One of the most noteworthy elements of his work is the use of bodily fluids and food as crafting materials. His work explores human consciousness and the subconscious through the clever intertwining of reality, fantasy and popular culture.
The installation hosts McCarthy's limited-edition skateboards for The Skateroom. Intended to be hung on a wall in the manner of a painting, each hand-numbered and signed piece aims to empower youth through artistic expression and skateboarding.
Whitten’s self-developed creative techniques drove him away from the 1960s Abstract Expressionism and into a league of his own. His work portrays the varying themes of automation, personal expression, and above all: wide-ranging curiosity.
The installation boasts Whitten-themed silk pocket squares, wraps and stoles which have been meticulously crafted in Italy by esteemed British luxury accessories designer Jane Carr.
Unfortunately London Design Festival 2019 is now over. However, you can find out more about The Conran Shop's events and activities here.