St James’s Art and Design Walk 2017 Preview
The neighbourhood of St James’s – defined as the area between St James’s Palace, The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square – has undergone a creative renaissance in the past decade, attracting contemporary galleries of high calibre to compliment more historic institutions such as the ICA. Aesthetic thrills can be found from the expansive double-height spaces of the White Cube Mason’s Yard, to the compact yet comprehensive ground floor galleries at Sims Reed, to the treasure chest of collectible design that is David Gill Gallery. Join Wallpaper* on one of three self-guided walks to discover their visual offerings, commencing at the RA’s Academicians’ Room and concluding at the new ICA bar. The St James’s Art & Design Walk runs on 19 and 21 October, free registration is required
The group show at design gallery David Gill has an appropriately ambitious title, ‘Future Classics’. Its exhibits include a curvaceous, polished aluminium coffee table and fibreglass shelf by the late Zaha Hadid, Anglo-Swedish duo Fredrikson Stallard’s Antarctica tables (crafted from acrylic to evoke the form of icebergs), a sculptural cabinet by Swiss designer Mattia Bonetti, and cast bronze chairs by American artist Michele Oka Doner which were moulded from found wood and bark. Keep an eye out for British artist Barnaby Barford’s Jungle VIP Chandelier, which shows a black crystal-encrusted monkey gleefully swinging from a more traditional light fixture – as though tomorrow doesn’t exist.
Until 31 October; 2-4 King Street, London SW1Y 6QP; www.davidgillgallery.com