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Summertime art & design

As we welcome spring, (occasional) sunshine and the cautious optimism that we may be moving through, and beyond, difficult times we’re looking ahead and looking forward to celebrating art and design in 2021.

We are passionate advocates of the power of good design (combined with sustainable materials) to bring about change and contribute positively to the world around us.

The opportunity to observe, champion and celebrate good design has been confined to the online domain for us all for some time now, consequently, the prospect of experiencing design talent first-hand is an exciting prospect for the months ahead!

And so, we’ve brought together our pick of some of the best art and design exhibitions happening across the UK this summer…


08 May – 03 July 2021
Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Stockwell House, 13 High Street, Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AB

Alexander de Vol Transference Make Somerset


Alexander deVol presents sculptures and wall works inspired by the fluency of fractal patterns in nature, informed by the tacit motions of his everyday studio practice.

deVol is a designer, artist and maker who’s work investigates the material properties of wood and their transferal into other materials. 

For his first solo exhibition with Make, he has created new paper sculptures and painted canvases, using earth pigments, clays, stone, gypsum, metals, resin, and waste product from his daily practice. Playful and experimental, his studio practice has evolved into new territories during long months of lockdown, finding alternative directions and material interpretations.


London Design Biennale

01 – 27 June
Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

London Design Biennale 2021 Forest for Change


London Design Biennale invites countries, territories and cities together for a global gathering of design.

Watch the world’s most ambitious and imaginative designers and curators respond to Artistic Director Es Devlin’s theme of Resonance, which considers the ripple effect of ground-breaking design concepts on the way we live, and the choices we make, with pavilions set across the historic location of Somerset House.

Highlights will include a forest being planted in the heart of central London. The Forest for Change will fill the entire courtyard of Somerset House, countering the attitude of human dominance over nature, which forbade the introduction of trees into the courtyard when the building was conceived.

Visitors will be able to make their way through the labyrinth of trees to find a clearing at its centre, housing a pavilion created in partnership with non-profit communications agency Project Everyone and dedicated to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

11 June – 17 October
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion


The Serpentine’s annual architectural commission showcases new temporary buildings by international architects.

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace, directed by Sumayya Vally, takes its form from the architectural shapes of London. A TIME100 Next List honoree, Vally is the youngest architect to be commissioned for this internationally renowned architecture programme.

The Pavilion design is based on past and present places of meeting, organising and belonging across London. The forms in the Pavilion are a result of abstracting, superimposing and splicing architectural elements, varying in scales of intimacy, from various locations, translating the shapes of London into the Pavilion structure in Kensington Gardens.

Taking its forms from meeting points such as markets, restaurants and places of worship that are particularly relevant to migrant communities, the pavilion explores themes of meeting and belonging. During the summer, fragments of the Pavilion will be installed in neighbourhoods across the city, to support and facilitate gatherings and impromptu interactions, to honour the history of places that have held communities over time.

Charlotte Perriand: The Modern Life

Opens 19 June
The Design Museum, 224 – 238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG

Charlotte Perriand Design Museum


Discover one of the great furniture designers and architects of the twentieth century whose work was often overshadowed by her male peers, such as Le Corbusier and Jean Prouvé.

Enter the world of Charlotte Perriand, whose pioneering designs shaped the 20th century. Her modern ideas can be found in the way we live today, from the use of materials to her belief that good design is for everyone.

Step inside recreations of some of her most famous interiors, including the apartment designed for the Salon d’Automne in 1929, and and enjoy some of her furniture up close, such as the iconic Chaise Longue Basculante and the Fauteuil Pivotant.

Sophie Taeuber-Arp

15 July – 17 October
Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Sophie Taeuber-Arp Tate Modern


Sophie Taeuber-Arp was one of the foremost abstract artists and designers of the 1920s and 30s. Her multidisciplinary work has enduring influence, inspiring innovative artists and designers around the world.

Taeuber-Arp’s creative output was extraordinarily diverse and at times controversial. She made embroideries and paintings, carved sculptures and edited magazines, created puppets and mysterious Dada objects. She combined traditional crafts with the vocabulary of modernist abstraction, challenging the boundaries separating art and design.

This is the first retrospective of her work ever held in the UK. It brings together her principal works from major collections in Europe and the US, most of which have never been seen in this country before.


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