24 February 2012
by Isabella Redmond Styles
Showcasing fashion, photography and interior design, the ‘Living Room’ exhibition at the B & N Gallery offers more than just an insight into the latest fashion goings on in the Netherlands. The exhibition has been curated by Geert de Rooij & Hans Demoed, the team behind People Of The Labyrinths, a fashion label which launched in 1984 and has since become a fully fledged lifestyle brand. Their aim for the exhibition is to evoke an idea of the fashion sensibility of the city of Arnhem, from the personal perspective of two creative practitioners who are themselves intrinsically part of that particular spirit. Its clear to see from the pieces displayed that for Geert and Hans that sensibility goes way beyond the realms of conventional fashion.
As well as including pieces from People Of The Labyrinths, such as hand printed and dyed wall hangings, the showcase also includes work from artists and designers associated with the city. One such artist is Erwin Olaf, whose striking photographic series which references the Dutch Masters is present throughout the exhibition. A heavily strewn dining table dominates the centre of the gallery and is set with pieces from some of the country’s most thought provoking interior designers including Rick Tegelaar, Hella Jongerius and Jurgen Bey. While the dishevelled tulips placed at both ends of the table are a witty to national stereotypes. Through its melange of art, fashion and interiors, the ‘Living Room’ initiates a discussion about the broader nature of fashion while placing the Netherlands, and Arnhem in particular, at the forefront of emerging design.
‘Living Room’ will be open to the public at B&N Gallery from 17 to 23 February 2012 and is taking place at B & N Gallery, 16 Hewett Street, London, EC2A 3NN.