In its two years of being, we’ve watched the design gallery Chamber truly come into its own. From its memorable debut with a collection of limited edition pieces by Studio Job to working with a selection of esteemed curators, the ambitious gallery has continued to thrill and enthrall us with every effort.
To celebrate its second birthday, the gallery has opened ‘Of Cabinets and Curiosities’, a showcase of cabinets from nine international design talents, that also sums up Chamber’s mission in one poetic statement. The gallery’s founder Juan Garcia Mosqueda says, ‘ We could think of no better way to celebrate than asking some of our favourite designers, many of whom have contributed to Chamber already, to present designs that capture the gallery’s personality so well. Chamber is, after all, a modern day cabinet of curiosities.’
The Chelsea gallery’s MOS Architects-designed space has been installed with nine cabinets, each articulating a distinct point of view. Gaetano Pesce’s 'Mobile Verde', a whimsical yet statuesque design that was originally created in 1987 and finally produced in 2015, gets an airing for the first time here. Fort Standard’s ‘Relief Stone Cabinet’, which made its debut during Collective Design Fair earlier this year, also makes an appearance, this time with the designers’ personal stone collections exhibited within.
Another highlight is a cabinet designed by MOS themselves – the first piece in a new series called ‘Model Furniture’, which references the imperfect representations of furniture in architectural renderings. Displayed with quilts, aluminum chairs and wax candles produced for a range of other new projects, the combination hints of a new direction and scale that the architectural practice is heading in.
The exhibition also includes several designs from Chamber’s past stagings, such as Studio Job’s ‘Job Office Dressoir’, produced by Lensvelt, and Snickeriet and Karl-Johan Hjerling’s ‘Walnut Frank’ cabinet, which was commissioned by the curator/photographer Andrew Zuckerman. This piece will feature a new collection of boxes that have been produced especially for this show – thus proving that, even when looking back, Chamber’s spirit is always facing forward.