Last night we traveled to The Parfitt Gallery to attend the opening of ‘The Designers Republic Come Home To Croydon‘ – a solo exhibition of work by Ian Anderson shown in his childhood home town. The founder of the legendary Sheffield based studio was showing various pieces of work curated from the last 25 years.
The exhibition is largely influenced by Anderson’s childhood home in Thornton Heath – 28 Zermatt Road.
Whilst there was some interesting work was on display, I must say it would have been nice to read some information on the thought process behind the work. For a pretty small exhibition there’s not a huge amount to engage to viewer and, for me, finding out a bit more about tDR and the concept behind their more significant work would’ve been a fascinating insight. That said, Ian Anderson has famously never been one for design hero worship and clearly enjoys keeping his process veiled in an aura of mystery and in-jokes. While we weren’t really expecting much of an explanation, some background information would’ve put the work into some kind of context.
If you missed the recent tDR 25th anniversary exhibition at GGG in Tokyo, you’ll have to make do with sunny Croydon. The exhibition is showing at The Parfitt Gallery until 1st June 2011. More images can be seen on the CR Blog.
Thanks for reading, if you’ve seen the exhibition and have any thoughts, feel free to get in touch.