The London borough of Hackney boasts two unique institutitions that support the best and brightest in British furniture design - the Geffrye Design Centre (GDC), established in 1998, and Hidden Art, established in 1994.
Hidden Art's main objective is to help individual producers to become small manufacturers and go beyond. Initiated by Mazorca Projects, the first Hidden Art project consisted of "open studio" tours of designer/maker premises in Hackney. From this simple idea a series of projects have developed to support Hackney designer/makers including exhibitions, skill-training, mentoring, forums, on-line database and e-commerce site.
Hidden Art Selected Exhibitors:
November 2000 - April 2001
Mixed media including furniture designers Crispin Forster & Gemma McGregor-Davies.
Matthew Hilton: Furniture of Our Time
February 2000 - June 2000
A retrospective of Matthew Hilton's work
Contemporary Furniture I and II : Design from East London
February 2000 - July 2000
Thirteen furniture designers including Mark Gabbertas, Rock Gilpin (Studio-Orange), James Grove, Francois Lefranc, Amos Marchant and Mike Stoner (Bulldozer Furniture)
Best of Hackney I and II
November 1998 - October 1999
Mixed media exhibitions including furniture designers Anne and Crispin Hymers (Intermura) and Jonathan Rothenberg
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