Sunday, 10 April 2011

John Makepeace

On my way to collect some splashback wall tiles from the Strand on Friday I decided to go for the cultural cut through Somerset House. I can't quite decide whether I prefer the house in the summer on the terrace, or as the magical Christmassy backdrop for the annual Tiffany sponsored ice skating. Either way it's possibly my favourite building in London and definitely on my dream wedding venue wish list!

It was by undertaking this sneaky route that I came across John Makepeace's current exhibition, marking the celebration of 50 years at the forefront of British furniture design. Definitely worth the extra time elapsed from my lunch hour, I gazed wondrously at the incredible collection. The nature inspired knotted chair and willowy backed chairs were my favourite, but I also loved the geometric lines of the carved cabinets.

When asked about his identifiable style Makepeace says,

"I am frequently asked where my inspiration comes from. Although each commission is different, nature is a constant factor. I am inspired by the way natural evolution resolves problems with results that are invariably elegant and enduring."

~ "natural evolution resolves problems with results that are invariably elegant and enduring" ~

"My designs are rooted in a long-standing fascination with our physical and psychological needs, the properties of different timbers and the way technology and individual craftsmanship enable new possibilities."

Until 17th July you can view the wonderful works of John Makepeace in the Terrance Rooms at Somerset House - try to if you can plan to visit on a Wednesday you also have the chance to hear John talking about his collection at 1pm every Wednesday for the duration of the exhibition.

A selection of work on show is also for sale - a fully illustrated catalogue accompanying the display can be found with further details.