While exploring Shoreditch recently, I found out a vibrant hub of creativity. Its appeal comes from its gritty, dingy, industrial flavour and the old brick warehouses transformed into trendy, electic independent shops, bars and art galleries. It`s the perfect plan for a day out in London this Summer and I would like to suggest some of its many treasures:
LIMONCELLO GALLERY / PUTTING RIGHT by Sean Edwards
I first heard of Limoncello Gallery in the London Art Fair early this year when a painting by Cornelia Baltes caught my eye in its booth. Since then, I had a visit to the gallery pending. Although there is a huge sign out in Kingsland Road, it took me some minutes to figure out which of the doors was the right one. Finally, I found Limoncello in a tiny space in a basement shared with other studios. Quite different from the pristine, roomy and sacred art galleries in Mayfair.
GEFFRYE MUSEUM OF THE HOME / USEFUL + BEAUTIFUL
Walking down Kingsland Road towards Shoreditch High Street, I came across Geffrey Museum, whose small but nicely curated temporary exhibition about the latest objects for the home is worth a visit. A brilliant quote by William Morris has inspired the title: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be USEFUL or believe to be BEAUTIFUL”.
CREDENZA O by JiB Studio, 2013
TRA COATSTAND by Tomoko Azumi, 2008
FIONDA LOUNGE CHAIR by Jasper Morrison, 2013
SCRAPWOOD CLASSIC CUPBOARD by Piet Hein Eek, 2013
THE GOODHOOD STORE, 20 Coronet Street
This shop is one of the hidden gems in Shoreditch, showcasing an array of carefully selected USEFUL + BEAUTIFUL homeware & life accessories from a range of brands. Ferm Living, Hay and Muuto are among my favourites!
Picture via The Goodhood Store
MUMMERY + SCHNELLE / DAVID SAUNDERS
Together with Coronet Street and Rivington Street, Charlotte Road is one of the most interesting thoroughfares in Shoreditch. Besides Mummery + Schnelle Gallery, that was showing David Saunders´ fabulous, bold geometric compositions, I found Tord Boontje Shop and the impeccable Carl Freedman Gallery.
601-3 Nº1, 1979-80
YCN, 72 Rivington Street
YOU CAN NOW is a creative community located in a converted warehouse at Rivington Street, whose shop in the ground floor is packed with inspiring products such as this wooden watermelons I fell in love with.
WOODEN WATERMELON by Hannah Parr
REGENT`S CANAL TOWPATH
Regent`s canal passes across Kingsland Road about halfway between Limoncello Gallery and the Geffrye Museum. Walking towards Islington, the towpath alongside the canal is a place of calm, silence and an electic mixture of greenery and industrial & contemporary architecture. Stopping by The Proud Archivist for a coffee in its terrace over the canal is an absolute delight.
VICTORIA MIRO GALLERY / SECUNDINO HERNÁNDEZ
Coming back at street level on Wharf Road, I found an ensemble of two old industrial brick buildings which house Victoria Miro Gallery and Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art. The architecture is utterly compelling: a brilliant combination of the old architecture and its industrial flavour and the white, exquisite, sophisticated contemporary approach to the gallery space. My favourite part of the gallery is the superbly converted second floor with the amazing exposed latticework of the timber ceiling structure, through which even the cloudy British sky floods the gallery with light. On top of all that, the pure white walls are enhanced by the powerful but subtle huge canvases painted by the Spanish artist Secundino Hernández (until 2 August 2014).
After following again the towpath as far as Islington Canal Tunnel, the small and fashionable shops and cafes in Candem Passage will provide the finishing touch to an exciting day out in East London.