For over twenty years Viaduct has introduced distinctive European furniture and lighting brands to the British market. The showroom, a dramatic 1930’s galleried industrial space in Clerkenwell, offers an inspiring range of products straight from the world’s leading brands and designers — so whatever your scale, taste or constraints, you can find furniture and lighting which more than meets your brief.
Viaduct, 1-10 Summers Street, London EC1R 5BD
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The Bare Minimum – A new look at minimal furniture
15 Sep 2016 - 24 Sep 2016
Viaduct kicks off this year’s Festival with an in-depth look at minimalism in furniture design. The Bare Minimum is a celebration of pure geometry. This exhibition is curated to maximise and contextualise the spirit of this powerful architectural and design movement with examples of influential furniture, all in room-set environments. Designers include: Jasper Morrison; Achille Castiglione; Maarten Van Severen; Muller Van Severen; Konstantin Grcic; Aldo Bakker; Michael Anastassiades; and manufactures from E15; Karakter; MDF Italia; Cassina; Lyon Beton; Giopatto & Coombes amongst many others. New launch pieces and contemporary classics will be on show.
This exhibition sets out to show a new perspective for minimal furniture design; with a strong focus on colour, materials, detailing and textures, this is a million miles away from the early radical flat white concept of minimal, that has proved so influential. Still respecting the notion of Mies Van Der Rohe’s Less is More philosophy but bringing a new updated edge.
Viaduct has pioneered rigorously modern furniture since James Mair founded the showroom back in the 1990s. Viaduct believes it is important to show how minimal furniture works within contemporary living and work spaces. In the last 25 years more people have opened up their rooms and embraced the Japanese Ma concept, possibly without realising; the furniture has followed suit and now it is at another stage in its development.
Simplicity, meticulous order and austerity does not necessarily mean a lack of character or innovation; quite the reverse when you consider some of the most complex designs on show using a broad spec of materials: slings of coloured mesh; solid brass tables and rough hewn metal sit alongside marble, glass and wood. Reduced, restrained and revealing.
Viaduct Furniture Ltd, 1-10 Summers Street, City of London, London EC1R 5BD
The 13 sq metre House by Nina Tolstrup
15 Sep 2016 - 24 Sep 2016
Is this London’s smallest home? Designer and architect Nina Tolstrup of StudioMama fame, is developing a fully formed home in the heart of north London that measures an astonishing 13 sq metres. Is it possible to create a viable living space from 14 sq metres? Yes, it would seem, and Nina Tolstrup has achieved the unthinkable. Here, in all its glory, Viaduct presents a full scale model of the house during the London Design Festival at its Clerkenwell showroom.
How has Tolstrup made this happen? By designing a series of clever volumetric spaces, assembled and fitted together to make a cohesive area. She really thought about what is needed for everyday living, much in the way Marie Kondo, the organising guru has achieved with her revolutionary approach to decluttering, Nina Tolstrup has found an answer to small space dwelling by defining requirements (they are quite realistic too) and designing a home that offers ingenious and original solutions to everyday living.
We all need storage for clothes and food plus all the other detritus we collect; we also need to be able to sit at a table to eat or work and sleep in a decent size bed. In an era of space deprivation, this has intelligence at its heart encased in a thoughtful structure.
Viaduct Furniture Ltd, Summers Street, City of London, London EC1R 5BD