“An Irregular Future” – A complex answer to an increasingly simplified world

“An Irregular Future” – A complex ...

By ADORNO- 22nd September - 26th September 2021

Adorno is pleased to announce the Dutch collection, “An Irregular Future”, as a part of Adorno London 2021. Virtually, the collection will be presented in an oil-filled, brutalist concrete landscape, while physically you will be able to explore the pieces at Dray Walk, Number 4.  “An Irregular Future” rejects the over-simplification and standardisation of design in favor of irregular objects and unfamiliar uses of materials. Curated by design studio duo Rive Roshan, the collection features six designers whose work questions the status quo and provides a new perspective on the types of pieces they have created.

“An Irregular Future” consists of objects that appear familiar, yet their makers’ methods of creation and approaches to materials have been turned on their head, leading to pieces with new purposes and functions. Featured designers Geke Lensink, Jesse Visser, Object Density, Rive Roshan, Sho Ota, and Studio Thier and van Daalen offer creations that will make us question what we know about materials, techniques, and the objects themselves. 

Join us when we reveal the collection at The Truman Brewery (Shoreditch Design Triangle)

Gallery 4, Dray Walk
off Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Dates: 22-26 September 2021

Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm

Press Preview: Tuesday 21, September, 2-5pm,
Guided tour 3:30-4pm.

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Gallery 4,
Dray Walk off Brick Lane,
E1 6QL

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Event Times

22nd September 2021 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
23rd September 2021 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
24th September 2021 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
25th September 2021 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
26th September 2021 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Curatorial Statement

In a future which is more systemised, organised, and modular we search for objects that disrupt our daily lives. Looking to feel human again, we want to introduce functional items into our lives that don’t just serve a functional purpose, but bring texture and meaning to our life.

This collection features objects that fight against a world which is commoditised and systemised. It celebrates irregularity, rawness, and complexity. Each designer has an intimate relationship with the materials they use and look at the use of that material in a new light. 

Designer Sho Ota highlights the quality of the wood grain by hand chiseling out knots to create hand made furniture following the nature of the wood, while Geke Lensink combines geometry and craftsmanship in objects that have a personal and abstract narrative. Object Density looks at using lenses from the spectacle industry in a new way – as a looking glass to manipulate light – and Their & van Daalen capture the fluidity of glass by draping the material over steel for their vessel. Rive Roshan uses natural sand to create an object of movement and stillness, whilst Jesse Visser takes large stones and turns them into lighting objects.

“The main themes in the selection of objects are irregular or unfamiliar uses of material. All familiar materials which we are used to seeing and experiencing in our daily lives, but with a new purpose and function.”

Ruben De la Rive Box & Golnar Roshan


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