BROMP­TON & CHELSEA

Fea­tures Direc­tor Amy Brad­ford finds a wealth of Ital­ian, Scan­di­na­vian and Bri­tish de­sign in west Lon­don

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‘ 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).

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