'Ecailles' was conceived as part of a spatial project for the Independent Paper Show 2017 in Switzerland, whose aim was to showcase craftsmen, printers and other paper industry professionals. Once assembled, the 'Ecailles' – scales, or tiles – are background units in a wide and diversified chromatic palette. They can be rearranged and reconstructed in endless formats: as screens filtering light as well as visitors, as aerial sculptures, as volatile particles generating parallel universes, or as intimate closed spaces.
Every 'Ecaille' is user-friendly, thanks to notches, thus enhancing its value. In isolation, each tile seems fragile and has little narrative meaning. Clipped together, like a jigsaw or random puzzle, the tiles seem to strengthen each other and offer a spectacular parable of paper as a 'fragile support for the essential', in the words of writer-researcher Pierre-Marc de Biasi.
Emerging Swiss design exhibitions are presented at the umlaut¨ gallery space on Fashion Street, off Brick Lane in London.
Emerging graphic design, product design, design theory and research, digital design and contemporary making are given a platform in a not-for-profit framework.
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, and establishing an intercultural dialogue between Swiss designers and the London public.
This series of design exhibitions is the result of a close collaboration between the Swiss Cultural Fund UK (SCF) and the British-Swiss marketing agency Blattler Ltd.
Gallery opening times: weekdays from 9am to 5pm.