The Circle of Poets: The London Edition


12 May 2016

A patina of symbols that are not-quite characters, painted in black onto a window; dozens of polystyrene balls, spread across a mat in mounds; vases created by submerging ice into plaster; brightly coloured rugs formed from thick bands of silicone cord.

These were some of the projects on display at The Circle of Poets: The London Branch, an exhibition co-curated by Disegno and the luxury fashion brand Etro. Part of London Craft Week, it saw the work of emerging artists, designers and musicians displayed within the wood-panelled 19th-century interiors of Etro's London flagship.

From London, there was Gemma Roper, Louie Rigano and Gil Muller, Adam Blencowe and Yu-Lin Chen, and Studio Ilio. From Milan, the Circle showed Niccolò Basso, Catherine Leo, Edoardo Tabacchi and Alan Borguet. The show was an extension of Etro’s Circle of Poets initiative, which was first launched in Italy in January and highlighted 11 Milanese artists.

The exhibition design was conceived by Awe, a London-based studio founded by Florian Dussopt and James Patmore that specialises in creative installations for brands and exhibitions. Awe combined cork, coloured MDF and small brass elements to create individual islands for each of the eight poets. The islands contrasted with the existing interior of the Etro boutique, whilst not directly competing with items on display in the store. The Circle of Poets marks Dussopt and Patmore’s first official project to be produced under the studio name Awe.

Disegno is delighted to share a video of the exhibition, introduced by Disegno’s founder and editor and chief Johanna Agerman Ross.