Being invited to the launch of an exhibition is always intriguing and usually exciting, so when Jaguar asked me to come along to the unveiling of Wallpaper* Handmade with Jaguar at Harrods I was eager to get to see it first hand.
Having just made it to its fourth year, the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition has become a must-see of the annual design calendar. Having now amassed an extensive collection of products in which to launch a satellite show of Handmade, Wallpaper* set about creating five new products with the design team at Jaguar.
The display runs from 4-22 October 2013 so there is not much time to hot-foot-it down to see the display, but as I was lucky enough to be invited by Jaguar to see the unveiling, I snapped a few images.
© Jaguar. C-X17 Concept Car Make London Debuts at Harrods
Watering can by Barber Osgerby
Coloured pencil box by Johanna Grawunder, Prismacolor and Bonetti Bolgan Woodwork & Lighting
Diptych Landscape II by Fredrikson Stallard
Lawn Table by Andreas Engesvik
‘Miracle Chips’ marble installation by Michael Anastassiades and Henraux
‘Revolution’ lighting installation by Moritz Waldemeyer
Stationery set by APFEL and Emform
Hand tools by Chauhan Studio and Fiskars
‘Steamer’ bag (circa 1901) from Louis Vuitton Collection
Scissors by Dentsu London, Ernest Wright & Son and Jamie McLellan
Writing set by OeO, Stellar Works and Japan Handmade
Wine coolers by Joe Doucet and Neal Feay Studio
The handmade exhibition is dedicated to the marriage of craftsmanship and design. Taking this philosophy to the automotive industry, Wallpaper* worked with Jaguar to create five new products which are only on show in this display. And to celebrate the occasion, Jaguar Advanced Design presented some a new concept car, the C-X17, for the first time in the UK alongside two other Jaguar design concepts; the C-X75 hybrid hyper-car and Jaguar heritage-inspired Project 7 sports car.
The five new products which Jaguar created for this display included the ‘Wild Feast picnic basket’ designed by Neri & Hu, ‘Table F’ designed by Jaguar Advanced Design and produced by Salvatori, ‘Toutou pet transporter’ by Mathieu Gustafsson, a large installation of ‘Revolution lighting’ designed and realised by Moritz Waldemeyer and lastly the ‘Diptych: Landscape II’ designed by Fredrikson Stallard.
The real show-stopper, for me, was the ‘Table F’ in solid marble, which gave the sense of motion. Usually I find automotive designers are not so successful when translating this to furniture but the attention to detail of this table and quality of production were enough to make the object worthy to sit amongst these other pieces. Embossed with the Jaguar lozenge icon, this referenced the heritage of the brand and added texture to the smooth table which proved a really successful decision.
Tony Chambers, Wallpaper* Editor-in-Chief commented: “Our Handmade project is testimony to the power of good design, great ideas, creative collaboration and quality production. We are delighted to bring some of the best pieces from our annual celebration of art, craft, skill and vision to London – with the best British partners one could wish for: Harrods and Jaguar.”
I even managed to snap a photo of Bethan Gray stood next to her marble piece for the Handmade project which encompassed some other, more intricate, pieces which were clearly too large for this display.
Wallpaper* Handmade with Jaguar runs from 4 to 22 October 2013 at Harrods. 87- 135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X.