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Carpenters Workshop Gallery Presents Design Exhibition on Heritage, Place and Identity



Anava Projects and Ashlee Harrison have curated an exhibition by emerging artists from the US and Caribbean at New York’s Carpenters Workshop Gallery, which includes sculptures woven from kelp and hand-carved furniture.

Called New Guard: Stories from the New World, the exhibition is part of the New Guard series by international gallery group Carpenters Workshop Gallery, which is based in London, Paris and New York.

At the gallery’s Manhattan location, Stories from the New World showcases pieces by seven emerging artist-designers hailing from the US and the Caribbean, which have been designed using materials ranging from wood and metal to concrete and kelp.

The works intend to unpack themes of heritage, place and identity and include pieces such as towering ceramic sculptures by Isabella Maroon that were created from smashed-up past projects.

The exhibition was curated by the gallery’s director of Americas, Ashlee Harrison, in collaboration with guest curators Anna Carnick and Wava Carpenter, founders of creative collective Anava Projects.

“We conceived the title ‘Stories from the New World’ in response to the narrative-driven nature of these designers’ work – all of whom engage, in their own way, themes of identity, heritage, and place,” Carnick and Carpenter told Dezeen.

“It’s also a reference to the historically Eurocentric lens of design discourse as well as the next generation of creative talents, who are bringing vital, multifaceted narratives into the global conversation.”

For example, artist Maryam Turkey presents Between Rise & Fall, an imagined cityscape crafted from paper pulp and supported by a plywood structure that represents both Baghdad and New York, the two places where she was respectively raised and then fled to with her family in 2009 as a refugee.

“The exhibition frames objects as artefacts of the human experience,” acknowledged Carnick and Carpenter.

Tania Doumbe Fines and Elodie D?rond of Martinique-based sculptural design studio Ibiyan? created Elombe, a series of hand-carved laminated furniture that takes cues from both Caribbean and Sub-Saharan woodwork and the late American sculptor Wendell Castle.

“D?rond and Fines draw inspiration from collective memories of family, using their hand-carved wooden pieces to honour their Caribbean and Cameroonian heritages,” said Carnick and Carpenter.

The Plywood Protection Project creates public sculptures from repurposed plywood

Other projects featured in the exhibition include Between Salt and Water by Indian-born, New York-based artist Anubha Sood.

Informed by her investigation into the environmental consequences of the textile industry with a focus on India, Sood weaved a whimsical collection of sculptural objects from kelp, linen, cotton and rayon yarn, which are displayed on maroon-coloured plinths.

The pieces seek to raise awareness of the decline of kelp forests due to climate change, whilst also underlining the importance of making creative work as a personal practice.

“All of the work celebrates the storytelling power of design, emphasising design as autobiography,” explained Carnick and Carpenter.

Stories from the New World follows on from The Graduate(s), a 2017 exhibition by Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s London location that was curated by trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort and showcased emerging European creatives.

Carnick and Carpenter explained what drew them to work on Stories from the New World.

“When we were approached to guest-curate the latest iteration, we were honoured, recognising that the project would be seen as a departure from the gallery’s esteemed, historically European-based programme,” they said.

“We also understood that the show offered a rare, exciting opportunity for unique design voices on this side of the pond to tell design stories not often heard in broader, Eurocentric international conversations.”

New Guard is part of Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s Next Gen project, an ongoing initiative led by Harrison that supports rising art and design talent.

Other past exhibitions by the gallery include the Slump collection by designer Paul Cocksedge, which comprised furniture made from glass pressed over rocks.

The photography is by Matt Harrington.

New Guard: Stories from the New World is on show at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in New York City from 20 October 2021 to 22 January 2022. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

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Luke McClelland Gives Georgian Apartment in Leith a Modern Update



Scottish architect Luke McClelland has transformed a dark and ill-conceived apartment in Edinburgh‘s port area of Leith into a bright and contemporary home.

The ground floor flat, which dates back to the early 19th century, had been rented out for more than a decade before being purchased by its current owner.

The Leith apartment is defined by its use of timber (top image) and terrazzo (above)

As a result, its interiors suffered from a convoluted layout, considerable wear and tear, outdated facilities and several level changes in the floor, which sprung up as the basement of the Georgian building was converted for residential use.

“There was a lack of connectivity between the primary living spaces and a lack of light in the poorly planned kitchen,” McClelland explained. “The property also needed to be fully rewired and re-plumbed.”

The kitchen leads into a dining room with white walls and oak parquet flooring

Despite a restricted budget, McClelland found ways to brighten the apartment and improve how its living spaces are linked together.

Significant alterations were made in the kitchen, where the architect replaced the old cupboards with sleek off-the-shelf cabinets from IKEA.

A portrait by a local artist is centred between two alcoves in the lounge

The muted sage-green hue of the cabinet fronts was chosen to complement the grey terrazzo splashback, which features black, white and reddish flecks.

Natural light floods in through a reinstated window that was previously obstructed by the kitchen counter.

Oak panelling runs underneath the windows and along the chimney breast

A new doorway lined with oak offcuts from the kitchen worktops now leads into the dining area.

Like the rest of the apartment, this space is finished with white-painted walls and oak parquet flooring laid in a chevron pattern.


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In the living room, McClelland installed oak-batten panelling beneath the window sills and across the chimney breast to replace the original surrounds, which a former tenant had torn down across the entire apartment save for the bedroom.

The lounge also accommodates a charcoal grey sofa alongside a geometric floor lamp and a few prints, including a striking portrait piece by a local artist.

The apartment’s original panelling is retained in the bedroom

The bathroom was reconfigured so that its curved wall becomes more of a focal point.

Before the renovation works, the wall was partially blocked off by a storage unit, which has now been removed.

A curved wall takes prominence in the bathroom

The walls are covered in a mixture of terracotta-coloured tiles and the same terrazzo that appears in the kitchen.

A tall mirror above the sink emphasises the loftiness of the bathroom, which is the only space in the apartment that went unaffected by the basement conversion.

Surfaces are clad with terrazzo and terracotta-coloured tiles

Elsewhere in Edinburgh, Luke McClelland has previously revamped his own home in the Comely Bank neighbourhood.

As part of the project, the architect carried out a number of changes to the floor plan, converting a disused pantry into a shower room and splitting the former living area into two bedrooms.

The photography is by ZAC and ZAC

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Raw Concrete Penthouse and Event Space Created Inside Former Athens Warehouse



Raw concrete walls serve as a backdrop to vintage furnishings in this rentable venue and guest suite that Studio Andrew Trotter, Gavalas Ioannidou Architecture and Eva Papadaki have created within a converted 1970s industrial building in Athens, Greece.

The six-storey warehouse, now named 10AM Lofts, features a multi-purpose event space spread over its basement and ground floor, which can host anything from exhibitions and dinners to photoshoots.

The event space is spread across the building’s ground floor (above) and basement (top image)

The penthouse, which spans the top two floors, can be used as part of these events or booked for private gatherings and longer-term residencies.

Both spaces were designed by Barcelona-based Studio Andrew Trotter with local studio Gavalas Ioannidou Architecture and Eva Papadaki, while a number of other designers have put their personal touch to the four lofts that are spread across the two remaining floors.

A spiralling concrete staircase leads up to the mezzanine

To make room for the event space, the two lowest floors were stripped back to their raw concrete shells.

To lighten up the ground floor, the studio inserted a couple of new windows, inlaid an entire wall with translucent glass bricks and painted surfaces white.

White paint was also used to finish the balustrade fronting the mezzanine-level workroom, which can be accessed via a set of spiralling concrete steps.

Glass bricks let light through to the interior

Guests must descend a twisted Corten-steel staircase to reach the basement, which has a markedly moodier ambience.

Apart from the illumination provided by a handful of pendant lamps, light can only trickle through to the space from the narrow openings left in the ceiling.

Vintage furnishings have been sparingly dotted throughout to soften the harsh industrial look of the space.

Twisted Corten-steel stairs lead down to the basement

The penthouse, which is set over the building’s fifth and sixth floors, features surfaces rendered in lime plaster and paint rather than concrete to create what the studio describes as “a feeling of rough luxury”.

The fifth floor accommodates a cosy living room, furnished with a plump beige sofa and armchair as well as a weathered sideboard topped with a couple of antique vases and a marble bust.


Studio Andrew Trotter models Villa Cardo on traditional houses in Puglia

Heavy sand-coloured linen curtains bring a sense of warmth to the natural light that filters in through the windows.

Close by lies the kitchen, centred on a wooden dining table and a set of Charlotte Perriand‘s woven Dordogne chairs.

Antique furniture decorates the penthouse’s kitchen and dining area

At this level of the penthouse, there is also a study and a bathroom with a huge blocky tub.

This sits beside expansive sliding glass doors that allow guests to enjoy unspoilt vistas of the Acropolis citadel while they soak.

The bathroom has views over the city of Athens

Sweeping city views can also be enjoyed from the main bedroom up on the sixth floor, which is bookended by glass walls.

“[It’s] a haven of peace,” explained Studio Andrew Trotter. “In the heart of busy Athens, the space is cool and calm.”

The bedroom is bookended by glass walls

The venue’s moody interiors stand in stark contrast to Villa Cardo, a bright white holiday home that Studio Andrew Trotter completed in 2019.

Nestled in an olive grove in Puglia, Italy, the four-bedroom residence is designed to resemble the region’s traditional cubic dwellings.

The photography is by Salva Lopez.

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Masquespacio Designs Cavernous Restaurant Interior That Nods to Adobe Architecture



Local studio Masquespacio added undulating, earthy-toned walls to an intimate Valencia restaurant that takes cues from the “organic forms” of Middle Eastern architecture.

Living Bakkali is located in the Spanish coastal city of Valencia and features bespoke furniture designed entirely by Masquespacio, a design studio known for its use of colour in projects.

Living Bakkali’s interiors are informed by Middle Eastern architecture

The restaurant is characterised by sloping, sandy-toned microcement walls that pay homage to the decorative motifs often found in Middle Eastern architecture, such as multifoil arches.

Designed in various hues of desert-like browns and pinks, Living Bakkali’s curved arches are arranged in intricate formations that create intimate seating areas within the restaurant.

Masquespacio used microcement to create walls, floors and ceilings

“We used the recognisable brownish colour from the East, although we added slightly different colours to the palette – such as red – but always in a soft way and through earthy tones,” Masquespacio co-founder Christophe Penasse told Dezeen.

“Middle Eastern seating is also almost always lower and more loungy than in the western world,” he added, referring to the restaurant’s low-slung dark crimson sofas and chairs.

A central hall intends to evoke the feeling of walking down a street

Guests enter the space at a central hall that is connected to the kitchen, which was designed to create the feeling of exploring a street filled with ancient houses.

“Interiors [in the Middle East] are almost never shown directly from the outside, although you can [often] find windows of arch forms that create a sense of double walls,” explained Penasse.

Intimate booths are framed by the cavernous walls

The restaurant’s thick walls are interrupted only by cut-out holes that create small windows between each table, some of which are tucked away in intimate booths. Among the various dining areas is a private room, which is reached through a corridor flanked by gauzy curtains.

Described by the restaurant itself as an “ode to adobe architecture,” Living Bakkali takes cues from this natural construction material, as Masquespacio said that the venue’s walls were designed to create an adobe effect, which means mud-brick in Spanish.


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The studio also designed all of the floors and ceilings in microcement in order to immerse visitors in a wholly cavernous environment that is intended to be reminiscent of traditional Middle Eastern houses.

Penasse said that Masquespacio’s design process for Living Bakkali involved the exploration of many aspects of Middle Eastern culture – from architecture and materials to ways of eating through history.

A private dining room can be reached through a narrow corridor

“We got connected with the organic forms that have been used throughout Middle Eastern architecture, which was made mainly with clay materials by hand,” Penasse explained.

“We wanted to bring the [traditional] Arabic aesthetic to the future in a new and more modern way, but still sought to maintain its essence,” he said.

All of the seating was designed to be low-slung

Masquespacio was founded by Penasse and Ana Milena Hernández Palacios in 2010. Similar projects by the studio include Pukkel, a restaurant in Aragon that features winding stucco walls that were informed by the curvature of the nearby Pyrenees mountains.

The photography is by Sebastian Erras.

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