'The Narrow Path' exhibition by D*Haus, London
13a Shad Thames
London SE1 2PU
There's something for everybody in D*Haus's work. The young London-based architecture and design practice founded by David Ben-Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson in 2011 navigates between small product design, furniture and architecture concepts. But there is a clear common thread in their work.
In 1903 mathematician and author Henry Dudeney discovered a mathematical formula that proved the perfect square could transform, in a few simple moves, into the perfect equilateral triangle. Inspired and fascinated by the simplicity and perfection of the formula, Ben-Grünberg and Woolfson worked on translating the idea into lighting, furniture of various scales, even a house.
'The Narrow Path', the team's first exhibition at the Anise Gallery in Southwark, is a great platform to understand better and see more of the experimental practice's work. The D*Table can be arranged in multiple configurations. Ditto the D*Light, while the High*Light is a playful, colourful interpretation of a ceiling light. Large-scale prints illustrating the concept and formula are also available.
But the show's highlight is the prototype of Dynamic D*Haus, Ben-Grunberg and Woolfson's contemporary answer to the Girasole. The house is designed to move and adapt to the changing seasonal climatic conditions, following the sun and views as well as the owners' desires. It can open to eight different configurations, from a square to a fully extended chain of triangular wings. A model and accompanying visuals introduce the concept at Anise.
'The Narrow Path' is open only until the end of the month. Yet D*Haus has a lot more in store after that. The Dynamic design is in development for further applications in both the conceptual and commercial fields, so watch this space.