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Artworks that will make perfect Valentine’s gifts

Artists put their hearts into a charity selling exhibition

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Artworks that will make perfect Valentine’s gifts

January 28 2011
Sibéal Pounder

Few How To Spend It readers will be in the dark about the increasingly popular concept store Darkroom, on London’s Lamb’s Conduit Street. But fans of the store’s expertly curated wares will be interested to know that from February 2 to 14 its founders, Lulu Roper-Caldbeck and Rhonda Drakeford, will be staging a selling exhibition, Love From Darkroom, in aid of London-based non-profit Kids Company.

Hoping to build on the success of their For Love & Haiti selling exhibition last year, which raised more than £3,000 for the Haiti Earthquake Fund, the pair have enlisted notable names from all corners of the creative industry to produce unique works with a heart theme. Among the impressive line-up is milliner Philip Treacy, menswear designer Carolyn Massey – who pays homage to the store with her painting The Heart Is Dark (second picture) – photographer Peer Lindgreen, quirky furniture designer Phil Cuttance and accessories designer Kuni Awai, whose covetable heart-shaped bowls in moulded leather come in two versions (first picture): one with a crisp white interior and the other a Darkroom-appropriate black. Look no further for a non-cheesy Valentine’s gift with a real feelgood factor. Each artwork costs £150.