To celebrate the first anniversary of its global flagship store on London’s Conduit Street, Diesel Black Gold has launched The Courtyard, a creative space that presents a translation of the brand’s contemporary aesthetic through forms of art, design and installation.
Curated in collaboration with creative partners from London’s art, architecture, music and design scenes, The Courtyard’s programme of installations, happenings and performances will run throughout the year.
The Courtyard’s inaugural installation, Black London by Raw-Edges, was commissioned by Wallpaper* magazine. The London-based studio took over the new space with a splash, using loose rubber bark pieces to create the illusion of a black swimming pool.
Commonly used as an aggregate in children’s playgrounds, the material is springy, fun to walk on and intended to invite visitor interaction. The urban pool theme continued with a ladder, a diving board and a black wooden deck with patterns inspired by the decorative roofs of old London Underground stations.
Working with Diesel Black Gold, Wallpaper* and Raw-Edges, mixologists from London restaurant sketch created the Blackberry Gold and Rusty Edge cocktails for The Courtyard’s launch event. The cocktails were served from a bespoke bar, also designed by Raw-Edges as part of the installation.
Guests at the Black London preview party included designer Tom Dixon, artist Daniel Lismore, light artist Moritz Waldemeyer and model Sang Kim.
The exhibition is open until 1 August 2015, at 21 Conduit Street, London