Over the course of one year emerging Swiss Design will be presented at umlaut¨ on Fashion Street, off Brick Lane in London. This initiative was taken to give the vibrant, innovative design movement in Switzerland a presence in the context of one of the world’s leading cultural cities, examining the scope of contemporary design questions and approaches.
This series of design exhibitions is the result of a close collaboration between the Swiss Cultural Fund UK (SCF) and Blattler Ltd to give emerging graphic design, product design, design theory and research, digital design and contemporary making a platform in a not-for-profit framework to establish an intercultural dialogue between Swiss designers and the London public.
Gallery opening times: weekdays from 9am to 5pm.
Arlette Ess’s installation transforms the exhibition space into an immersive environment of geometric forms covered in intricate organic textures inspired by Astrakhan fur. A tension between simple flat shapes and the unstable beauty of detail in nature emerges, mirroring modern discrepancies between 'simple' Newtonian physics and perpetual states of possibility offered by quantum theory. An analogy for
our approach to contemporary issues? Some look for simple and powerful statements, whilst others acknowledge instability and infinite complexity.
Arlette Ess is a visual artist and prolific designer specialising in drawing with india ink. Her drawings are adapted and applied to various interiors and fashion projects. Originally from Switzerland, Arlette moved to London in 2003 and completed a BA (Hons) Graphics degree at University of the Arts London (Camberwell College of Arts). Her work has been exhibited in various group shows and galleries in Europe and the Far East, and she has worked as a print designer for Alexander McQueen.