Biography

Biography

We create works which thrive on a raw sense of energy, chaos, destruction and recreation, to allow us to experience the world in new ways, and to see it differently. We move towards the post-apocalyptic, the chimerical, that visually embodies our thoughts. We give a dream of something different, something extra-ordinary, something genuine, authentic, human – a new reality.

Often it is through interaction with the works themselves, in real time, in the real world, that they achieve their authentic presence. Exploiting the most subtle aspects of texture, material, volume, light, movement and contrast, the works function on a four-dimensional graph, between the twin axes of time and space, they thirst for human interaction – it completes them. Because our work is often able to interact with the viewer through functionality it gives a new avenue of appreciation and pleasure, no longer just visual and aesthetic, it is now tactile, sensual, interactive and physical. The viewer now becomes an expanded interactive entity, an active participant in the creation of the final work; in effect, the audience is now the activator of the latent performative aspect of the work.

Function and technology are the two cornerstones of modernism; we reject neither, but what we strongly reject is the idea that function and technology are somehow more important than emotion – the obsession of the post-industrial age with the notion that thought is more important than feeling, ego more important than id. In our practice over the last twenty years, a hammer has been of equal importance to 3D computer software in the genesis and production of the work. Being able to sit on one of our sofas has been of equal concern to that of its aesthetic and sculptural qualities as an object in its own right. We are in tune with the thoughts of Franz West on function: ‘My aphorism is not that form follows function but that it never violates it,’ and his sense that his work was ‘too strange to be “good design” and too functional to be “good art” though they are ultimately both’.

Our focus is in the performance of creation, to capture and record instinctive, instantaneous moments, the tactical disruption of structure, and the careful choreography of its aftermath. It is the creation of a subconscious collage. Technology is deployed to reveal new dimensions within these gestural beginnings, shifting our perception through a nuanced appreciation and manipulation of scale, materiality and functional attributes. In this way we reunite thought and feeling, ego and id, subconscious irrationality and reason. The audience is given the power to perceive their own ideas in the abstractions they are presented with, as with Rorschach ink blots with which we worked extensively in our formative years. The works have an extreme precision of task within their bodies which at first glance may have appeared haphazard or inconclusive. They are in fact neither. In their baroque simplicity they are truly inclusive, collaborative. They are yours. They are what you want, desire and need.

The work must allow the freedom and expression of the manner of creation and the functionality or otherwise of the piece to be born from the core values of desire, instinct and feeling, honesty, authenticity and truth.

As Lucio Fontana stated: ‘An art based on forms created by the subconscious and balanced by reason, constitutes a true expression of existence and is the synthesis of a moment in time.’

Collections
  • 09.16
    DESIGN MUSEUM, London
  • 03.16
    SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, San Francisco, Species II
  • 01.13
    KVADRAT COLLECTION, Copenhagen, Hallingdal Table
  • 01.11
    VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, London, Pyrenees Sofa
  • 01.11
    VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, London, Table#1
  • 01.09
    VEUVE CLICQUOT COLLECTION, Reims, Portrait
  • 01.09
    MUSEUM OF ART & DESIGN, New York, Pandora
  • 01.05
    FRENCH NATIONAL ART COLLECTION, Paris, Ming#1
Awards & Nominations
  • 11.17
    DESIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD, Wallpaper*
  • 11.16
    DESIGNER OF THE YEAR, Nomination by Design Museum London
  • 02.14
    BEST TROPHY, Azure Magazine
  • 11.10
    RED DOT DESIGN AWARD, Hyde Chair for Bernhardt Design
  • 09.09
    COURVOISIER DESIGN AWARD, Wallpaper*
  • 12.09
    BRITISH DESIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD, Elle Decoration
  • 11.07
    DESIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD, Wallpaper*
  • 12.06
    THE FURNITURE DESIGN FELLOWSHIP, The Arts Foundation
  • 11.04
    DESIGNER OF THE YEAR, Elle Decoration
  • 11.04
    PRODUCT OF THE YEAR, Wallpaper*
  • 09.98
    BEST YOUNG DESIGNER, Ung Svensk Form (Young Swedish Design)
  • 08.97
    PHOTOGRAPHY, Alfred Dunhill
Solo Exhibitions
  • 09.17
    INTUITIVE GESTURES, David Gill Galleries, London
  • 05.17
    ELEMENTS, Collective, New York
  • 03.17
    HYBRIDEAE, Fredrikson Stallard HQ
  • 09.16
    GLACIARIUM, Fredrikson Stallard HQ
  • 07.16
    SUMMER PARTY, Fredrikson Stallard HQ
  • 05.16
    FLUIDO, Machado-Muñoz Gallery, Madrid
  • 03.16
    GRAVITY, David Gill Gallery, London
  • 09.15
    MOMENTUM, Fredrikson Stallard HQ, London Design Festival, London
  • 03.15
    PROLOGUE, Swarovski, Design Shanghai, Shanghai
  • 06.14
    PROLOGUE, Swarovski, Design Miami Basel
  • 04.14
    PROLOGUE, Swarovski, Art Basel Hong Kong
  • 09.12
    CRUSH, David Gill Gallery, London
  • 06.11
    IRIS, Swarovski, Design Miami/Basel
  • 02.10
    FREDRIKSON STALLARD, OA Gallery, Madrid
  • 11.09
    GASOLINE GARDEN, David Gill Galleries, London
  • 09.09
    SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL PALACE, Cannes Yacht Show, Cannes
  • 09.08
    PORTRAIT, SOMERSET HOUSE, London
  • 09.08
    KING BONK, David Gill Galleries, London
  • 10.07
    DESIGN ART LONDON LOUNGE, London
  • 05.07
    FURNITURE, David Gill Galleries, London
  • 01.07
    FREDRIKSON STALLARD TANK, The Design Museum, London
  • 05.05
    GLOVES FOR AN ARMLESS VENUS, Tribeca Grand, New York
  • 05.04
    FREDRIKSON STALLARD, Citizen Citizen, New York
Group Exhibitions
  • 11.18
    SALON, Armory, USA
  • 09.18
    EXPO CHICAGO, Chicago, USA
  • 06.18
    MASTERPIECE, London, United Kingdom
  • 04.18
    NOMAD, Villa La Vigie, Monaco
  • 02.18
    NOMAD, St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • 01.18
    FOGG ART FAIR, San Francisco, California
  • 11.17
    DUBAI DESIGN WEEK, Dubai, UAE
  • 09.17
    JOY OF LIVING: MAGGIES CHARITY AUCTION, London, United Kingdom
  • 06.17
    MASTERPIECE, London, United Kingdom
  • 06.17
    SUR/FACE: MIRRORS EXHIBITION, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 06.17
    SOTHEBY'S EXHIBITION, London, United Kingdom
  • 04.17
    INTERSECTION, Parra & Romero and Machado-Muñoz, Madrid, Spain
  • 04.17
    ATELIER SWAROVSKI HOME, Salone Del Mobile, Milan
  • 03.17
    DESIGN DAYS DUBAI, Dubai, UAE
  • 02.17
    ARCO, Madrid, Spain
  • 01.17
    CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS, London, United Kingdom
  • 01.17
    FOGG ART FAIR, San Francisco, California
  • 09.16
    DESIGN MUSEUM, London, United Kingdom
  • 09.16
    BELVEDERE MUSEUM, Vienna Austria
  • 04.16
    ATELIER SWAROVSKI HOME, Salone Del Mobile, Milan
  • 04.16
    DRIADE, Salone Del Mobile, Milan
  • 11.15
    SALON, David Gill Gallery, New York
  • 04.15
    DRIADE STAND, Salone Del Mobile, Milan
  • 04.15
    DESIGN ORACLES, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris
  • 09.14
    CHANDELIERS, David Gill Galleries, London
  • 07.14
    GATHERING, Design Museum Holon, Israel
  • 04.14
    HANDMADE, Salone del Mobile, Milan
  • 03.14
    HANDMADE, Design Shanghai, Shanghai
  • 12.13
    HANDMADE, Design Miami, Miami
  • 10.13
    HANDMADE, Harrods, London
  • 10.13
    PAD, London
  • 03.13
    DESIGN DAYS DUBAI, Dubai
  • 02.13
    ATELIER SWAROVSKI, Somerset House, London
  • 01.13
    BRIONI PRESENTATION, Palazzo Serbelloni, Milan
  • 11.12
    SWAROVSKI DESIGN EXHIBITION, Times Art Gallery, Beijing
  • 10.12
    PAVILLION OF ART & DESIGN, London
  • 09.12
    DIGITAL CRYSTAL, The Design Museum, London
  • 04.12
    KVADRAT HALLINGDAL 65, Salone di Mobile, Milan
  • 04.12
    DRIADE, Salone di Mobile, Milan
  • 03.12
    BRITISH DESIGN 1948-2012, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • 03.12
    THE BIG EGG HUNT, Green Park, London
  • 02.12
    ARCO, Madrid
  • 10.11
    THE HOUSE OF THE NOBLEMAN, London
  • 10.11
    PAVILION OF ART & DESIGN, London
  • 10.11
    BEIJING INTERNATIONAL DESIGN TRIENNIAL, Beijing
  • 09.11
    VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM, London
  • 06.11
    DESIGN MIAMI, BASEL, David Gill Galleries, Basel
  • 04.11
    SWAROVSKI LIGHTING, Euroluce, Milan
  • 11.10
    SAVOY HOTEL, Launch of Fredrikson Stallard Chandeliers for The Savoy Grill, London
  • 10.10
    DAVID GILL GALLERIES, Frieze Art Fair, London
  • 09.10
    BERNHARDT GLOBAL EDITION, London
  • 06.10
    DESIGN MIAMI/BASEL, Basel
  • 04.10
    DESIGN CITY LUXEMBOURG, Musée d'Art Moderne, Luxembourg
  • 07.09
    TELLING TALES, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • 05.09
    BERNHARDT GLOBAL EDITION, ICFF, New York
  • 04.09
    BERNHARDT GLOBAL EDITION, Milan
  • 04.09
    SWAROVSKI, Euroluce, Milan
  • 01.09
    SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL PALACE, Maison et Objet, Paris
  • 11.08
    TURNING OF THE SEASON, The Wapping Project, London
  • 10.08
    DESIGN ART LONDON, London
  • 04.08
    SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL PALACE, Milan
  • 04.08
    SWAROVSKI UNBRIDALED, London
  • 01.08
    UNBRIDALED, Hotel de la Monnaie, Paris
  • 12.07
    DESIGN MIAMI, Miami
  • 10.07
    DESIGNER'S UNIVERSE, Grand Paplais National Gallery, Paris
  • 10.07
    DESIGN ART LONDON, London
  • 09.07
    SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL PALACE, London
  • 06.07
    PLAY WITH, Tools Galerie, Paris
  • 06.07
    DESIGN MIAMI/BASEL, Basel
  • 04.07
    SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL PALACE, Milan
  • 03.07
    FORM VIP ROOM, Olympia, London
  • 01.07
    P DESIGN GALLERY, Denver, Colorado
  • 12.06
    ST.ETIENNE BIENALLE, St. Etienne
  • 12.06
    MOMA CITIZEN CITIZEN, San Francisco
  • 12.06
    ART BASEL DESIGN MIAMI, Miami
  • 11.06
    NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER, Dallas
  • 09.06
    CONTRASTS AND CONTRADICTIONS, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai
  • 09.06
    IN PRODUCTION, London Design Festival, London
  • 08.06
    DESIGNERS BLOCK, Frankfurt
  • 07.06
    PEEL GALLERY, Citizen Citizen, Houston, Texas
  • 05.06
    THE APARTMENT LOVES..., Citizen Citizen, New York
  • 05.06
    ICFF, Citizen Citizen, New York
  • 04.06
    THORSTEN VAN ELTEN, Superstudio Più, Milan
  • 02.06
    SHOWROOM LAUNCH, Citizen Citizen, San Francisco
  • 09.05
    TRULY BRITISH, Harrods, London
  • 09.05
    UPSTAIRS IN THE WOODLANDS, Truman Brewery, London
  • 05.05
    FREDRIKSON STALLARD AND ALEXANDER TAYLOR, Citizen Citizen, New York
  • 05.05
    THE APARTMENT BUILDS AN APARTMENT, The Apartment, New York
  • 05.05
    THE CONRAN SHOP, New York
  • 03.05
    ROSSANA ORLANDI, Milan
  • 01.05
    MARTIN BOUCHE & THE COLLECTION, Maison Et Objet, Paris
  • 12.04
    THE GREAT EASTERN HOTEL, London
  • 09.04
    FIRMITAS UTILITAS VENUSTAS, Factio, London
  • 09.04
    DESIGNED IN SWEDEN, Museum Of London, London
  • 09.04
    PRINT, Mint, London
  • 09.04
    FREDRIKSONSTALLARD, 100% DESIGN, London
  • 04.04
    THE GREAT INDOORS / INSPIRED LIVING, Spring Gallery, New York
  • 03.04
    INCOGNITO, Riverside Gallery, Reading
  • 03.04
    LIFE SYMPHONY, Felissimo Gallery, New York
  • 09.03
    FREDRIKSONSTALLARD, 100% Design, London
  • 09.02
    TOP DRAWER, London
  • 09.01
    TOP DRAWER, London
  • 09.00
    POT VALLIANT, London
  • 09.00
    TOP DRAWER, London
  • 09.99
    TOP DRAWER, London
  • 00.99
    MISCELLANY OF OBJECTS II, Mission Gallery, London
  • 09.99
    UNG SVENSK FORM, Designers Block, London
  • 10.99
    CARTE BLANCE, Mission Gallery, London
  • 09.99
    YOUNG SWEDISH DESIGN, Best Scandinavian Design, Sweden
  • 08.98
    OUT OF DARKNESS, Mission Gallery, London
  • 09.98
    EXPLORING DESIGN, Form Design Centre, Malmo, Sweden
  • 09.98
    MISCELLANY OF OBJECTS I, Mission Gallery, London
  • 06.98
    NEW DESIGNERS, London
  • 09.97
    PATRIK FREDRIKSON, Anteprima '97, Germany
  • 09.97
    LEICESTER CITY GALLERY, Leicester
  • 09.97
    DIRECTIONS '97, Lethaby Gallery, London
  • 09.96
    DIRECTIONS '96, Lethaby Gallery, London
  • 04.94
    KRAFTWERK, Ponnert Gallery, Malmo, Sweden