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British Designers Craft for the Crown

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Two radically different design installations will celebrate London’s craft heritage.
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  ”Acoustitch” by RCKa
At 11 Waterloo Place, RCKa’s concept, “Acoustitch,” adds contrast to the bright marble floors with bold, geometric wall patterning. High-density foam triangles, in the shape of a Toblerone bar, replicate contrasting patterns and are highlighted by a final polished gold copper sheet, a fine stitch that speaks to the area’s history of high-end weaving and bespoke men’s tailoring. It softens the space visually and acoustically.
    ”Acoustitch” by RCKa

    At 11 Waterloo Place, RCKa’s concept, “Acoustitch,” adds contrast to the bright marble floors with bold, geometric wall patterning. High-density foam triangles, in the shape of a Toblerone bar, replicate contrasting patterns and are highlighted by a final polished gold copper sheet, a fine stitch that speaks to the area’s history of high-end weaving and bespoke men’s tailoring. It softens the space visually and acoustically.

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  ”Acoustitch” by RCKa
“We spent time analyzing and thinking and how we can engage with the entire space and leave a memorable impression on the wall itself, with reference to the history of the area, something that’s bold and contemporary,” says Dieter Kleiner, RCKa’s director. “This area was more of a melting pot, with lots of different crafts, which informed our idea. Contrasting fabrics that come together picks up that idea of a melting pot.”
    ”Acoustitch” by RCKa

    “We spent time analyzing and thinking and how we can engage with the entire space and leave a memorable impression on the wall itself, with reference to the history of the area, something that’s bold and contemporary,” says Dieter Kleiner, RCKa’s director. “This area was more of a melting pot, with lots of different crafts, which informed our idea. Contrasting fabrics that come together picks up that idea of a melting pot.”

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  ”Cosmology of St. James” by Lola Ley
Ley’s work will reflect the neighborhood’s traditions, incorporating shoe patterns by John Lobb Bootmaker’s, and the influence of famous residents, such as Sir Isaac Newton, who lived on Jermyn Street. 
“For him, it was all about innovation and understanding the world,” says Ley. “I wanted to make that connection with craft and making, St. James as a whole universe itself. It’s a small, mysterious world with bespoke crafts and big, grand houses with palatial facades. You have these different satellites and different hubs. The cosmology idea illustrates planet’s orbits.”
    ”Cosmology of St. James” by Lola Ley

    Ley’s work will reflect the neighborhood’s traditions, incorporating shoe patterns by John Lobb Bootmaker’s, and the influence of famous residents, such as Sir Isaac Newton, who lived on Jermyn Street.

    “For him, it was all about innovation and understanding the world,” says Ley. “I wanted to make that connection with craft and making, St. James as a whole universe itself. It’s a small, mysterious world with bespoke crafts and big, grand houses with palatial facades. You have these different satellites and different hubs. The cosmology idea illustrates planet’s orbits.”

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  ”Cosmology of St. James” by Lola Ley
This kinetic sculpture of leather, metal and glass represents “St. James as a whole universe itself.”
    ”Cosmology of St. James” by Lola Ley

    This kinetic sculpture of leather, metal and glass represents “St. James as a whole universe itself.”

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