Fans of avant-garde design are in for a treat when Fredrikson Stallard, the award-winning London-based designers, open their dramatic studio space in Holborn from 23 to 27 September to present Momentum, a selling show of remarkable new work in conjunction with their gallerist, David Gill.
Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard began collaborating in 1995 but officially launched their design partnership a decade later, when their New York show Gloves for an Armless Venus propelled them into the global design arena. They have since remained at the top of their game, creating pieces acquired by the V&A and the French National Art Collection, as well as private collectors, and building a portfolio of unique creations and limited editions for brands including Swarovski, Jaguar, Veuve Clicquot, Driade and Gieves & Hawkes.
This new show of limited editions bears all the hallmarks of the pair’s signature style – a mix of sculpture, crafts, industrial processes and material exploration. “Momentum is a celebration of the experimental and the rigorous, the unique versus the mass-produced, and the importance of the conceptual and creative development underlining our aesthetics and beliefs,” says Fredrikson.
Perhaps the most unusual demonstration of Fredrikson Stallard’s free-flowing creative expression is Species 1 (price on request, first picture), a vermilion-red sofa sculpted from polyurethane, glass fibre and polyester that brings to mind a rocky outcrop on the red planet. Species 2 (price on request) is a smaller version with an equally amorphous shape in maroon red. Just as engaging are Crush Consequences (edition of 50, £1,080), a bronze, football-shaped sculpture with a folded, origami-like form, and Cast Consequences (each size in an edition of 50, small, £1,080; large, £1,440, second picture), created by casting off-cuts of Species in bronze.
Fearlessly combining sculpture with functionality, Crush Console (prototype study, £18,000) is an aluminium mash-up resembling an extrusion from a car-crushing plant that works perfectly as a low table. Those in search of further eye-catching coffee tables should seek out Parachute (edition of eight, from £26,400) with its light-reflecting, crinkly interior made from silvery Kelvalite, and Tokyo (edition of eight, from £26,400), a gleaming, stainless steel chunk that has an intriguingly tactile surface. Meanwhile, the highly appealing Polaris is a temporary piece made from water, aluminium and stainless steel, designed to last only for the duration of the show.
A more permanent reminder of the design duo’s work comes in the form of Momentum (price on request), a hand-bound artist book made entirely by Fredrikson Stallard, in a limited edition of 350. Like the rest of this engaging show, it is a tangible expression of contemporary design at its most compelling.