Coexistence are hosting an exhibition by the British furniture brand MARK. Titled INPUT, it is a collaboration with the Danish textiles company Kvadrat and will show what goes into a piece of high quality contract furniture in four areas: Design, Skills, Materials and Teamwork.
Verso Chairs design by Tomoko Azumi/MARK Product
The event will also see the launch of a new design for MARK by Tomoko Azumi, The Verso chair. Work by Dylan Freeth, Sam Johnson and Gala Wright will also feature in a range of exhibits using Kvadrat fabrics.
Verso Chairs desiged by Tomoko Azumi/MARK Product
In planning the event, the team wanted to make sure the show was content-rich and not just a display of furniture components. ‘We are increasingly aware of there being an interest in the whole story – how the design comes about, what materials are used and where they are sourced and processed, how things are made and who is involved” explains Coexistence’s Daniel Gay. “Both MARK and Kvadrat are very open to this. The event will be a fascinating and revealing glimpse behind the scenes.”
Bosco Sofa design by Gala Wright/ MARK Product
MARK is well known as a torch-bearer for UK manufacturing and sustainable production, and Kvadrat produce 85% of their woollen textiles in mills in Britain. The show will include footage of production processes, examples of tooling and details of the collaboration that goes in to bringing a design to the market.
Iso table design by Dylan Freeth/MARK Product
Quote from MARK’s John Miller regarding the exhibition content.
“The show will be a fascinating insight into how a new piece of furniture is designed and made, through four exhibitions based on MARK’s products. Tomoko Azumi’s new Verso chair is shown through every step of the design process from the original briefing of the designer, through sketches and tiny scale models to the first production models, showing all the thinking that goes into every detail. Gala Wright’s Arris and Bosco ranges are used to demonstrate through films and photographs the skills of the makers that make fine wooden furniture. There will also be a tower of materials, showing the many natural and man-made materials that go into a modern sofa, where these come from, how they are processed, and how sustainable they are. Finally, Dylan Freeth’s Iso table shows us the collaborative nature of design – the web of conversations and connections that is woven through the development of each new product.”
The Show will be open Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm until 23rd March, with private viewing appointments available until 3rd April.
There will be a full talks programme running for the first week. Guest speakers include Max Fraser (London Design Guide), William Knight (100% Design), Tomoko Azumi and John Miller and Anna Hart from MARK.
Check the website for details of special events and designers talks throughout the week: www.markproduct.com
MARK Joins forces with Kvadrat at Coexistence
288 Upper Street, Islington, N1 2TF
16 March to 3 April 2012