Gentleman On the Go: California Bespoke Exhibition

Recently my studio was engaged to design an exhibition showcasing a variety of artisinal product designed and fabricated in our great state of California.

This sort of design project always is exciting to me, as it is more conceptual and poses a challenge to the space but allows for great creative freedom, not unlike the Dreamscape installation I wrote about some months back.

As I began developing the concept and how I would showcase the varied products such as furnishings and textiles to stationary and soup bowls….even surfboards designed by the incredible Thomas Meyerhoffer (http://www.meyerhoffer.com/)

I decided that the answer, at least part of it, was in the beauty of California’s natural landscape.

Half Dome in Winter
Yosemite, CA

 

Joshua Tree, CA

 

 

Big Sur, CA

 

With the concept set we began developing a space which would simultaneously provide a neutral backdrop being curated by our friends over at The Editor at Large (http://www.editoratlarge.com/), and at the same time force you to engage some aspect of California’s beautiful landscape through either imagery, greenery or through the artisinal quality of all the various products.
It was an absolute pleasure collaborating with the producers of the exhibit (Merchandise Mart Properties), as well as the entire team at the Los Angeles Convention Center, not to mention having an opportunity to meet many of the very very talented artisans producing so many beautiful things that have the ability to inspire us in all aspects of our lives.

 

California Bespoke
Photo: Jim Harris
California Bespoke
Photo: Jim Harris

 

 

California Bespoke
Photo: Jim Harris

 

 

California Bespoke
Photo: Jim Harris

 

Bye for now.
CG