Workshop for Potential Design’s latest show at London’s Soane Museum


Think Pieces

By Wava Carpenter

The city of London is all-aglow this week with the excitement of the annual London Design Festival. There’s so much to see, but one of our favorite exhibitions thus far is an intimate pop-up called Pieces. Inspired by the notion of fragments, the show presents work from five young, London-based talents, curated by the always thought-provoking Workshop for Potential Design.

Building Blocks by Study O Portable Building Blocks by Study O Portable

Pieces is set in the breakfast room of the house-museum of Neoclassical architect and antiquities collector Sir John Soane. For those unfamiliar with the Soane Museum, sited in central London’s Holborn area, it’s a material culture playground filled with a mélange of sculptures, architectural fragments, ancient artifacts, old books, furnishings, and on and on, all accumulated by one of the originators of the very concept of a museum. Like all things born in the early 19th century, the interior is rather busy, but that just means there’s a ton to see and examine.

What a rich backdrop to view such quiet yet absorbing object studies, created by engaging designers like Study O Portable, Gemma Holt, Sam Jacob, Peter Marigold, and Paul Elliman in direct response to various details found in the museum—many fragments from ancient Rome and Greece—and a calming experience that’s just right way to kick off the frenzy of the Festival. 

Timbrephone by Peter Marigold Timbrephone by Peter Marigold

Arranging Marbles by Gemma Holt Arranging Marbles by Gemma Holt

Baby You Can Have Whatever You Want and After America by Paul Elliman Baby You Can Have Whatever You Want and After America by Paul Elliman

After America by Paul Elliman After America by Paul Elliman

Lenin's Urn by Sam Jacob Lenin's Urn by Sam Jacob

Pieces is on view now through September 26th at London’s Soane Museum. 

*All images courtesy of Sir John Soane's Museum London.

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    • Wava Carpenter

      Wava Carpenter

      After studying Design History, Wava has worn many hats in support of design culture: teaching design studies, curating exhibitions, overseeing commissions, organizing talks, writing articles—all of which informs her work now as Pamono’s Editor-in-Chief.

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