London Design Festival 2019

Chelsea has an extraordinary design heritage and renowned for its bohemian free thinkers and creative throughout the centuries and for the very first time, will be participating in this year’s London Design Festival 2019 with the creation of the Chelsea Design District. From 14-22 September, celebrate the neighbourhood which is rich in artistry and artisan making with a series of events, experiences and talks.

Highlights include:

  • Collaboration with Caroline Issa, Monica Vinader – a series of events across London Design Festival to celebrate the collaboration, colour and distinctive design.
  • Timothy Oulton Flagship store launch at Bluebird – the daring furniture and interiors brand is launching its new worldwide flagship gallery at Bluebird, featuring its most iconic designs alongside rare vintage collectibles and one-offs, including a custom-designed spaceship.
  • I-Made at Saatchi, 19-22 September – Saatchi hosts the inaugural I-Made, London’s first exhibition solely dedicated to Italian design and manufacture along with talks and workshops that capture the country’s passion, innovation and craftsmanship.
  • The Art of Persuasion, the National Army Museum – major exhibition exploring the life and legacy of the iconic designer Abram Games, focusing on his time as ‘Official War Poster Artist’ during the Second World War.
  • Peter Jones & Partners presents a story of their building – Chelsea stalwart Peter Jones presents the fascinating story of its Grade II listed building, with a pop-up exhibition exploring how the shop has changed from 1877 to today, as the store prepares to renovate its iconic façade.
  • ‘The World of Kaffe Fasset’, Anthropologie – an exhibition to include new and exclusive pieces as well as treasures from the past.
  • Collaboration with Winch Design, The Rug Company – a unique exhibition celebrating the collaboration between The Rug Company and Winch Design
  • Waste No More, Eileen Fisher – zero-waste initiative that brings together creativity and innovation. Learn about how Eileen Fisher is changing the way clothes are made from sustainable sourcing to her innovative take-back initiative. Thursday 14 September, 6-8pm
  • Hidden Reef collection launch, Annoushka – discover the new Hidden Reef collection, inspired by the abundant textures and colours of the organic life found below the sea, and learn more about the craftsmanship behind Annoushka’s designs.
  • Series of ‘how to’ masterclasses, Little Greene – To celebrate the introduction of three new finishes for September, they will be hosting a series of ‘how to’ masterclasses at their Chelsea Showroom.
  • Drawing attention: The Digital Culture of Contemporary Architectural Drawings, Roca London – an exhibition curated by the professors at Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities which reveals the promise and the speculative future of drawing: its capacity to structure, imagine, realise, speculate, transform, politicise and activate the design imagination.
  • ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERNS FUTURES, London College of Fashion – Challenging the notion of how products change and influence the world we live in, ARTEFACT FOOTWEAR PATTERNS FUTURES exhibits selected work from London College of Fashion, UAL’s MA Artefact, Footwear, Pattern and Garment Technology and Fashion Future’s graduates. Private views: Thursday 19th 6-8.30pm, Friday 20th 11am-6pm, Saturday 21st 11am-6pm
  • Exclusive new Barnaby Gates tile collection, Parkside – Parkside has announced its collaborated with Barnaby Gates. Drop by their Chelsea Design Studio to be one of the first to see the new collection. Open Monday to Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Peloton – your chance to experience Peloton, book an appointment at the King’s Road showroom, to try the Bike, get a personalised tutorial and learn about their Digital offering.
  • Farrow & Ball, 19 September– hands-on creative demonstrations and imaginative installations, and get bespoke advice from colour experts.
  • Lema – Presenting the highly customisable LT40 modular storage system by David Lopez Quincoces, resulting from a long conceptual study and an attentive industrial development. Visit Lema’s King’s Road Flagship Store to discover this and other new, iconic designs. Lema X LDF Cocktail Reception: Thursday 19 September – 6.30-8.30pm
  • The Ilse Crawford’s pop-up, George Smith – a pop-up exhibition space showcasing new pieces from Ilse Crawford’s collaboration with George Smith and other brands.

Pick up a copy of the London Design Festival to enjoy the area even more, popping into restaurants and bars to receive exclusive discounts in celebration of the festival. Show your guide whilst dining and indulge even more with these offers:

  • Rabbit, SW3 4UP – Receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine from their vineyard in West Sussex and famous collection of ‘mouthfuls’ on arrival.
  • Manicomio, SW3 4LY – Renowned Italian is offering 15% off a la carte during the festival. Quote ‘LDF’ when booking.
  • Gallery Mess, SW3 4LY – arty and historic Gallery Mess is offering a 20% discount on food and drinks when you present your guide.
  • Sticks N Sushi, SW3 4NY – Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling Sake whilst dining.
  • Hans’ Bar & Grill, SW1X 0AW – Receive 15% off the total bill when dining at Hans’ Bar & Grill. It’s popular, so we recommend booking. Use quote ‘LDF2019’.
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DRAW Art Fair

The Saatchi Gallery welcomes DRAW, the UK’s first art fair dedicated to modern and contemporary from 17-19 May and is offering InChelsea readers 50% off tickets.

The Fair is designed to confirm drawing’s place at the core of the creative process and demonstrate the extraordinary range with works in every medium; from charcoal stick to video to live performance. All facets of drawing will be presented as a fundamental practice and create a platform where rare works by modern masters and recent works from the 20th Century can sit side by side.

Up to 60 galleries and exhibitors from around the world will fill three floors where they will curate individual exhibitions of artists’ drawings or groups of drawings in a museum-style context.

Purchase your ticket here and enter the code ‘CADES’ to receive your 50% discount (T&Cs apply).

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Carmignac Photojournalism Award: ‘Arctic: New Frontier’ by Yuzir Kozrev and Kadir Van Lohuizen

Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen were awarded the 9th edition of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award dedicated to the Arcitc; the endowment allowed them to carry out their pioneer double polar exhibition ‘Arctic: New Frontier’.

The photographs in ‘Arctic: Frontier’ are an alarming testimony to the speed of transformation in the region and the upheavals that are taking place on a global scale.

The forces of tourism, militarisation, exploitation of gas and mineral resources, and the opening of trade routes mean that the Arctic is today the site of classes between countries and multinationals who are locked in a chaotic competition for control of these zones, which have taken on strategic importance on the history of humankind due to the effects of global warming.

On display from 15 March – 5 May. More info can be found here.

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It’s the Surreal Thing

From 15 March – 14 April, visit Saatchi to see an exhibition of new works by the artist, Sr. X in the Prints & Originals Gallery.

These works are striking and unforgettable, created both in the streets and in the studio. He employs retro imagery, pop culture icons, surrealist twists and dada mischief to produce his works of satirical brilliance. Sr. X subverts the constant advertising that we are exposed to and the images of aspirational perfection that are directed at us all.

These works on display were created in the last six month and reveal Sr. X’s staggering imagination. He uses creativity as a weapon against conformism and the sugary sweet diet of contemporary consumerism. Familiar elements remain such as pulp magazine portraits, cartoon figures and advertising slogans.

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Full Circle: The Beauty of Inevitability

From 24 January to 3 February, catch the first UK exhibition of Russian artist, GeorgII Uvs, presented by Kalibre at the Saatchi Gallery.

Explore four series of oil paintings created in Malta between 2014 and 2017; ‘Mesozine’, ‘Genesis’, ‘Code’ and ‘Wings’ which symbolise an immersive panorama of the circles of life. These paintings are a fusion of scientific pursuit and artistic imagination created by paint being poured onto un-stretched canvases laid horizontally on the studio floor. When the paint is exposed to ultraviolet light, as you will see in this vivid and brightly coloured exhibition, the paintings reflect the turbulence of the artist’s emotions and energy.

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Zurab Tsereteli: Larger than Life Exhibition

On 23 January, an exhibition curated by Herve Mikaelhoff, will go on display at the Saatchi Gallery showcasing the works of Zurab Tsereteli. Paintings, sculptures and enamels spanning his early years to the present alongside archival footage that document his life and walk will fill the gallery space for your consumption. His hugely varied creative output will be demonstrated as you will be able to see works influenced from past meetings and relationships with influential masters such as Rauschenburg, Chagall and Picasso.

Tsereteli is globally recognised for breaking artistic convention, particularly during the Soviet period, alongside maintaining his own practice. Monumentality is central to his works and driven by his believe in the importance of total freedom in the arts.

On display from 23 January -17 February.

More info can be found here.

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Salon 009: We Live in an Ocean of Air

The latest immersive experience to arrive at Duke of York Square’s Saatchi Gallery is Salon 009: We Live in an Ocean of Air. This virtual reality exhibition uses cutting edge technology to illuminate the invisible but fundamental connections between the human and natural worlds.

Ticket holders will step through a canvas to explore a magical world where the invisible exchange of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide is beautifully brought to life; you will be transported to an ancient forest and witness the majestic power of nature. Breath and heart sensors will track your real time breathing and encourage you to reflect on dependence and responsibility to the organisms we share our planet with.

Tickets are £20 and can be purchased here.

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Harder Edge, Saatchi

Harder Edge

From 6 December, a survey of recent Abstract art entitled Harder Edge will be showcased at the Saatchi Gallery.

Curated by Dominic Beattie and Ali Hillman, the works of 17 artists (including Ralph Anderson, Tim Ellis and Olivia Bax), are on display examining the breadth of visual languages from an international line-up. Enjoy a complete range of artworks where the artists challenge abstraction and fill the gallery with vibrant colours.

More information can be found on the Saatchi website here.

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London Restaurant Festival

London Restaurant Festival returns this October, arriving in Chelsea with a line up of fantastic foodie events.

On 4 October, Pavilion Road showcases some of the finest artisan food in the Capital. Enjoy a gourmet journey down London’s longest mews, with tastings and talks from London Cheesemonger, Provenance Butcher, Natoora, Ice Cream Union, The Roasting Party and Bread Ahead, followed by a three course menu at Granger & Co or Wulf and Lamb. Tickets are £85 and can be purchased here.

Bill Granger is also known for his eclectic and flavoursome food, and will be hosting a special four-course dinner on 8 October at his latest Granger & Co restaurant on Pavilion Road. More information can be found here.

Saatchi Gallery at Duke of York Square are hosting a very special evening on 17 October fusing our artists, four exhibitions and four delicious courses. You will enjoy a private after-hours tour of the gallery, followed by an exclusive four-course dinner at Gallery Mess, hosted by the artists and curators of the current exhibition in the Saatchi Gallery. Tickets and information can be found here.

 

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Black Mirror

Saatchi’s latest major exhibition explores art’s role in social satire and how political uncertainty has influenced contemporary artists globally.

From 28 September to 13 January, 26 contemporary artists will display there range of media (collage, caricatures, photography and installation) to show how satire can provide both light relief as well as unsettling commentary on the political situation today.

Some of the most exciting artists will expose 21st century anxieties created by modern obsessions. These include the Turner prize nominee, Richard Billingham, whose photography series “Ray’s a laugh” confronts the reality of poverty and Aleksandra Mir who parodies newspapers by crudely drawing them with children’s tools which brings a new meaning to fake news.

This exhibition highlights the importance of art and satire in dissection power structures, questioning societal norms and visualising political unrest.

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