The studio celebrates its collaboration with Oasiq in EXOTERIC ESOTERIC, an exhibition of its work for the recently established and already feted outdoor furniture brand, including a number of new collections. The London Design Festival 2014 will be the first time these designs have been seen in the UK, and marks in effect the UK debut of Oasiq. This body of work is the culmination of three years’ design and development, and will take up residence at The Chelsea Gardener for three days over the festival.
“A decision to mount this sort of exhibition is not one taken lightly, but it felt entirely justifiable now at the London Design Festival to present a body of work of which we are extremely proud and which encapsulates so much of what we strive to do as a studio. We are lucky to have found a soul mate in Oasiq, a company who asked us to work with them at their inception, with the result that we are in the rare and privileged position of seeing our vision for the brand realised. So yes, this exhibition is a journey from the esoteric to the exoteric……how our particular design thinking for the outdoors manifests itself.”
The award winning Sandur Seating collection is augmented with the addition of two stool designs and an ottoman, and the Machar table range is added to with new surfaces and materials. New will be a dining and occasional table collection and two seating ranges.
Oasiq is respected for its clever and measured aesthetic which balances references to mid-century design with uncompromising contemporary thinking. The brand creates collections that bridge outdoor/indoor use; they are designed to withstand the rigours of outdoor environments, but have a finesse making them perfect for indoor use too.
Bearing the studio’s distinctive design hallmark, there is a concision to the thinking behind these designs that manages to combine the characteristic search for simplicity with a desire to imbue individuality and personality to each piece.
Mark Gabbertas’ single minded and disciplined approach to the role of brand auteur is evident throughout this exhibition, and it is interesting to note how each collection relates to another through an integrated and complimentary design language, and at the same time contributes to the overall Oasiq catalogue.
As inspiration, Mark Gabbertas has taken naturally occurring geophysical patterns and features and recast them via a propitious combination of traditional craft techniques and cutting edge materials.
“We are lucky that Oasiq share our commitment to getting it right. Great work does not come about by accident but by a mercurial combination of inspiration and persistence. We believe amongst our work for Oasiq, there is some of our finest.”
Location: The Chelsea Gardener
125 Sydney Street
London. SW3 6NR