“We were happy, but we didn’t know…”
I heard this today and realized that it’s actually true. We ended up wishing to get out of the house to go shopping, missing the days when we woke up in the morning to go to the office and interact with colleagues, drinking our morning coffee, missing the walks in the park, missing traveling… or at least I’m missing all this …
So today I want to write about the last trip I made, just before all this madness started: London. And more specifically, I would like to tell you something about the Fashion and Textile Museum and the exhibition I saw there: “Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild”. Of course, I visited many other places while staying in London, but in today’s post, I would like to talk about this particular museum.
An explosion of color. That’s how I would describe everything I saw there.
The exhibition is open to the public from February 14th to September 13th, 2020 (but also note that the museum is now closed due to the pandemic) and presents the activity of the Designers Guild.
Founded by Tricia Guild OBE, in 1970, the Designers Guild was initially a simple store in Chelsea. Over time, the brand has evolved and become a global enterprise, whose products have changed the way color, print and texture are seen in our homes. Out of the Blue reveals Tricia’s unique and creative approach.
Many of these may seem “too much” to some of us, and in my opinion, they are completely different approaches from the concept of minimalist design or Scandinavian design principles. But Tricia showed everyone that colors, prints, and textures of all kinds can be brought together to create a unique design.
Inspired by the wild gardens of William Robinson, the “main characters” of this exhibition are the digital prints or embroideries picturing flowers of all sizes, colors, and shapes.
Another important place in these exhibitions is held by the geometric prints, also inspired by the wild gardens, which are actually quite geometrically arranged.
All these express joy, happiness, and optimism … Some optimism that we desperately need during this period.
For more details on this exhibition, you can visit the museum’s website here.