The Aram Gallery, London
– 19 January 2019
A shelf cannot be irrelevant – that could well be the message of this independently curated exhibition at The Aram Gallery. Young designers, selected for their joy of experimentation, exhibit finished shelves and prototypes.
This non-commercial venue hosts five exhibitions each year on very specific themes of contemporary design. Following exhibitions on topics such as models in architecture or production techniques, the Aram Gallery now presents the shelf and its possibilities.
A shelf can be freestanding or hung on its own – the exhibition undoubtedly proves that. However this type of furniture stands out because it invites the user to individually fill the furniture in order to fulfil its purpose and completeness. Furniture designers and users seldom work together in this way, and seldom is a design(er) so dependent on the user. The shelf taken by itself as “structure in miniature” needs the user as co-designer “to finish composing what the designer has started.”
The exhibition does not claim to present a comprehensive overview of the current shelf landscape. Rather, it is about giving new impulses an adequate framework and showing that a shelf can be much more than a mere storage solution.