Newly refurbished, with polished wooden floors, customary white walls, and copious amounts of natural light pouring through floor to ceiling windows illuminate the inaugural exhibition of photographs from architect and designer, John Pawson’s new book, A Visual Inventory (pictures below). The driving force behind this brand new gallery and event space, Platform, is Terrance Conran’s homewares brand Habitat. Inhabiting the floor above the Old Kings Road store in Chelsea, Platform aims to showcase fresh talent and open up discussion around design and architecture with both formal events and casual Wednesday evening drop-ins from 6.30 – 8pm where casual conversation on all things creative can be enjoyed over a glass of wine.
At the helm of this exciting new chapter for Habitat, is design industry leader, Suzanne Trocmé. London born, Trocmé began her career in retail development for Benetton in New York and went on to become retail coordinator for Paul Smith in London and Creative Coordinator for Ralph Lauren’s Polo Store in Europe. Whilst living in New York and Paris, Trocmé contributed to a host of highly respected publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Telegraph, Interior Design and Wallpaper*, where she became Architecture and Design Editor. In addition to penning several acclaimed interior design books, Trocmé has worked as curator of the London Design Festival since 2006 and even finds time to design furniture for Bernhardt Design. Who better then to run Habitat’s latest and most innovative design initiative yet?
Future exhibitions include Brit Pot on July 14, which explores how ceramists are rejuvenating the art including London furniture designer Max Lamb‘s first foray into clay and as a precursor to the London Design Festival in September, Platform will be in search of designs from the Commonwealth to form an exhibition. All you hot kiwi designers out there, get composing those application letters now!
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