Carmody Groarke’s space for this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition forms a sequence of sculptural cave-like forms made from Soundcel sprayed recycled newspaper pulp
This choice of material was a response to the exhibition design brief, which specified a powerful spatial experience that would act as a single material counterpoint against which to exhibit the nominated designs. Soundcel is usually applied by being spray-cannoned on to building structures to insulate them, but here it creates a series of abstracted, amorphous spaces in the existing gallery, blending continuously into one another.
Within this environment, rather than using conventional exhibition walls and plinths, the angled and curved spaces are covered entirely in the recycled newspaper material, smothering over the sculpted ledges and recesses that display the work.
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Source: Luke Hayes
The textured surfaces provide a monolithic and cast-like quality to the exhibition spaces, making for a low-fi contrast to the innovation and technology of the exhibition content. Using a single material throughout gives a coherence and value to each piece of work as part of the overall show.
The orientation and signage for the exhibition has been provided by Micha Weidmann Studio, and is printed on to precision-cut, brightly coloured acrylic signs, which slice into the papered surfaces, contrasting with the rough background of the exhibition environment.
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Source: Luke Hayes
We have worked closely with the Design Museum to design and deliver an exhibition that is very different in character and identity from previous Designs of the Year shows. The sprayed-paper design gives a very sculptural backdrop to the exhibition’s content, contrasting the technology and innovation displayed, with an almost archaic feel to the space.
Andy Groarke, director, Carmody Groarke