Eley Kishimoto contribute to Skin+Bones exhibition at Somerset House


From 24 April - 10 August 2008, the Embankment Galleries play host to Skin+Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture.

50 internationally-renowned architects and designers show relationships and parallels between fashion and architecture and over 200 works including iconic garments, 3D architectural models and film footage feature.

ELEY KISHIMOTO and 6a architects ‘Hairywood’ collaboration features alongside the inspiring garments from the ‘Dark Wood Wander’ collection.

Somerset House
London WC2R 1LA

Hairywood was the first installation commissioned by the Architecture Foundation to launch its new gallery on Old Street. A 6a, Eley Kishimoto collaboration, Hairywood created a temporary public space and landmark for four months in the summer 2005.

The tower creates a threshold into the new gallery space from which to watch the world go by, and offers an escape from the hard surfaces of Old Street. The small space at the top, lined with printed timber and upholstery, is like a fragment of private space open to the street. The exterior, clad with plywood, laser cut with Eley Kishimoto's pattern of Rapunzel's hair allowing dappled light into the interior during day and lit from within by night, glows like a lantern.
Protected by the tower, there is a printed deck with benches covered at the rear by a fabric canopy, thus providing a new ground for a larger public space connected to the adjacent gallery.

The Summer House is a playful challenge of how to re-imagine the possibilities of public space from a new perspective.

The pattern used for Hairywood, the ‘Rapunzel' print from the 'Dark Wood Wander' collection, a story inspired of a princess trapped in a tower, who escapes and flees through a dark wood only to find her own fairytale castle in flames.


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