BROMPTON & CHELSEA
Features Director Amy Bradford finds a wealth of Italian, Scandinavian and British design in west London
‘ SOAK, STEAM, DREAM: REINVENTING BATHING CULTURE’ AT ROCA LONDON GALLERY ( 16 SEPTEMBER– 28 JANUARY 2017) Projects by Kengo Kuma, Raumlabor (above) and Something & Son Architects form part of this exhibition exploring ways that contemporary architecture has reimagined bathing for the 21st century. See ancient bathing cultures and cutting-edge smart water technology collide (rocalondongallery.com).
‘ REN EVOLUTION’ AT POLTRONA FRAU ( 17– 25 SEPTEMBER) Chinese studio Neri&hu gets creative at the Italian brand’s Fulham Road showroom with an installation of its wood, brass and leather ‘Ren’ tables, which are based on a Chinese ideogram. Thirty-two of the tables will be arranged in a formation inspired by Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Army (poltronafrau.com).
BJØRN WIINBLAD AT SKANDIUM ( 17– 25 SEPTEMBER) The Scandinavian design store celebrates this midcentury Danish ceramicist, famed for his folksy designs featuring elfin characters on vases and tableware (‘Flowerpot Julian’, right). On the opening night, there will be a short talk about his legacy (skandium.com).
‘ FROM MILAN TO LONDON’ AT POLIFORM ( 17– 23 SEPTEMBER) French architect Jean-marie Massaud is the star here as his new ‘Mondrian’ sofa and coffee tables (clean-lined designs inspired by the paintings of the Dutch artist) arrive at the King’s Road showroom. Also on show is the dreamily soft ‘Kelly’ upholstered bed by Emanuel Gallina (poliformuk.com).
B& B ITALIA ( 17– 25 SEPTEMBER) See the latest collection by the world-famous brand for the first time in the UK, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary at its spacious Brompton Road showroom. Highlights include the ‘Edouard’ sofa by Antonio Citterio and London duo Doshi Levien’s shapely ‘Do-maru’ lounge chair (right). There will also be a special display dedicated to the company’s history, as well as a daily screening of its new documentary ( bebitalia.com).