Geenen + Hoon Exhibition

Wednesday 28 September 2011

"It is a curious moment when one discovers two contemporary designers producing superficially similar work. Immediately comparisons are made on shape, material, scale, colour, texture… Intrigue is perhaps further piqued when we discover that the products were made by two independently working designers, continents apart," says the Aram Gallery.

In GEENEN + HOON The Aram Gallery delves into one such remarkable episode, and exemplifies it with the work of Bram Geenen and Il Hoon Roh. Both designers work experimentally in their distinctive material choice and, its application. However, the similarities in their aesthetics are uncanny.

Looking to the architecture of Antonio Gaudi and Frei Otto, both Geenen + Hoon developed unique methods to form perfect arches for the legs of their furniture. Geenen analyses chains hung from above at three fixed points of a triangle - the resulting arch is defined by gravity. Hoon, however, works cautiously with a sheet of fabric stretched atop a table frame tightening and stitching the draped fabric until perfect arches emerge between each leg, defined by the capabilities of the material. At this perfectly balanced stage Hoon laminates the fabric in GRP (Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic) whilst Geenen uses his arches as the basis for sketches and cardboard prototypes, resulting in a 3D printed stool. This example is just one of many which typifies how Geenen + Hoon's practices overlap.

Interested in how designers think and work, The Aram Gallery is eager to investigate the steps which have led these two to arrive at similar visual conclusions. The exhibition presents their initial sketches, scale prototypes, full size prototypes and finished pieces so that aesthetic similarities and practical differences, where they exist, are easily identifiable.

See below for further details.


When: 17 September - 5 November 2011

Where: The Aram Gallery, 110 Drury Lane (near Aldwych), Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5SG

Contact: The Aram Gallery

Tel: 0207 557 7526