'Living with Art pops up during London Design Festival'
‘Living with Art’ is the brainchild of Interior Designer Virginia White and Caroline Casey, who had a dream of a world where art is a way of life, and wanted to create a one-stop shop offering furniture, unique artworks and objects created by talented artisans, often keeping alive traditional techniques. Virginia and Caroline have commissioned a carefully handpicked group of artists, designers and jewellers to produce bespoke furniture, objets d’art, prints, jewellery, ceramics, soft furnishings and unique artwork for a collection launching in Clerkenwell during London Design Festival.
Virginia explains: “Why be minimal when there are so many treasures. I’m on a never-ending mission to source and collect hugely eclectic pieces for the home. There are no boundaries between different eras or genres. We have not merely been shopping, but rather selecting artists to work with and create something new and unseen. ‘Living with Art' is a snapshot of what I like.”
The pair met when Caroline commissioned Virginia to redesign her 15th century Kent home, and create a British art collection to go with it. Virginia’s design aesthetic for Living with Art is based on her love for Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge and the Villa Kérylos in Cap Ferrat, which inspires the collection.
Living with Art will be launched with a Pop Up shop in Clerkenwell Green, where a specially commissioned range of furniture and artworks will be for sale, after which all products will be available to order from an eshop. A website will be launched in conjunction with the Pop Up, and the work that has been commissioned for sale in the shop can be viewed now on a blog. 2012 is the year for celebrating all things British, with historic occasions such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics in London and a British finalist in Wimbledon, so what better time to celebrate British craftsmanship, design and tradition with the ‘Living with Art’ collection. Each object is for sale, and ‘Living with Art’ supports established and emerging talent, with a painstakingly chosen group of talent found by Virginia in art schools, workshops, exhibitions and during her prolific career as a top Interior Designer.
A.T. Cronin, who designed the thrones of the Spirit of Chartwell that transported The Queen along the Thames during her Jubilee celebrations, have been commissioned to create a capsule furniture collection for the ‘Living with Art’ exhibition. After a 10 year working relationship, Virginia invited A.T. Cronin to help create a Grecian inspired black timber and midnight blue collection that forms the basis of the collection. The Villa Kérylos in Cap Ferrat is one of Virginia’s favourite haunts, and inspires this collection.
Thanks to Virginia’s elegant aesthetic, an aversion to mass production, and passion for finding UK-based craftsmen who produce individual pieces and maintain traditional practices, ‘Living with Art’ presents an opportunity to obtain unique pieces that you can live with and cherish forever. ‘Living with Art’ is an eclectic collection that mixes old with new, charm with authenticity, and tradition with the cutting edge, meaning that there is something to suit all tastes.
Each piece on display in the exhibition is for sale, and has been commissioned specifically for the launch of ‘Living with Art’ and available to buy from the eshop. Lucinda Douglas-Menzies has photographed the collection.
Everything exhibited in the Pop Up shop is available to buy during the exhibition, and on the 'Living with Art' eshop at: http://www.virginiawhite.co.uk