Matthew D'Ancona talks power with Luke Irwin
'By Design' in partnership with Sir John Soane's Museum
Martino Gamper in conversation with Alice Rawsthorn
The pieces have been designed to start a dialogue and commentary on the changing nature of power in modern day.
The Seat of Power
The Seat of Power: Luke Irwin's first furniture design in collaboration with master cabinet makers Little Halstock. The Seat of Power is a conversation piece designed to start a dialogue about the changing nature of power.
Luke's vision for the Seat of Power is to use it as a crucible for discussion and conversation around our perceptions of power. The conversation piece contains the conversation.
Inside the growing nexus of politics and design a new generation of designers is inciting political debate. When it comes to design today, whether in fashion, furniture, graphics, or architecture, change is happening. The [Seat of Power's] dramatic hammer and sickle framed chairs that are loaded with symbolism about power and its abuse.
One of the most intriguing exhibitions in London at the moment is Luke Irwin’s ‘Seat of Power’ installation at his gallery in Pimlico. Curated as a response to the political turbulence of our times, the seats themselves are spectacularly-crafted and their impact is much-enhanced by the carefully-selected quotations that line the room. Best-known for his beautiful rugs, and his incorporation of Roman mosaic tropes, Irwin now stands poised to be a significant political artist. What will he do next? Matthew D'Ancona, Drugstore Culture
'By Design': Martino Gamper
“Luke Irwin's Sari Silk collectioncelebrates colour and is made from recycled sari silk in hot pinks and golden yellows, blues, greens, reds and more; and because the rugs are made from recycled material there is randomness to them, which means flashes of unexpected colour appear in each. The effect is powerful and mood-lifting.” Olenka Hamilton, Spears UK