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Sam Jacob revamps Peckham art gallery and hair salon

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Sam Jacob Studio has taken the wraps off this space in Peckham’s Holdrons Arcade which acts as both an art gallery and a hair salon


The DKUK gallery, which is backed by the Arts Council and run by artist and hairdresser Daniel Kelly, is London’s smallest gallery measuring just 2m x 5m.

It features a slat wall display system and a bright yellow-framed mirrored clerestory which creates a sense of infinite space.

To coincide with the opening of the refitted salon the ex-director of FAT has also created an exhibition of his new studio’s recent architectural experiments in a show entitled ‘Make It Real.’

The show explores design’s ambiguous position between imagination and reality through t-shirts printed as building facades, soil pipes gilded in 24 carat gold, chairs made out of putty and a new sound piece recorded in the Whispering Gallery at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Make It Real is on at DKUK until Sunday 12 March

DKUK by Sam Jacob Studio

DKUK by Sam Jacob Studio

Source: Jim Stephenson

Architect’s view 

Usually the way we look is conceived differently in a gallery or a salon. The design explores the act of looking through the use of frames, translucencies, perforations and reflections. The space also considers how we are seen (or not) just as much as how we see. 

The mirror, often the central feature of a hair salon and filled with our own reflection, is used here as a spatial device. Mirrors are used to create a sense of infinite space that contrasts with the reality of the interior. 

Using these optical effects the tiny space - London’s smallest gallery at 2m x 5m - is transformed into a complex viewing device as well as a beautiful space to get your hair cut.

DKUK by Sam Jacob Studio

DKUK by Sam Jacob Studio

Source: Jim Stephenson

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