I would know
and my light,
so shall I at last
- A Child of Our Time, 1939 ↓
New Project 2019
A Pink Formica Cafe
‘Child Studio reimagines an iconic pink Formica cafe for London King’s Road.’
The new cafe recently opened on King’s Road, the neighbourhood synonymous with British fashion, music and pop culture movements of the 20th Century from mods and hippies to punks and New Romantics. The designers drew from these cultural references when creating the interior. The inspiration for the design came from the staple of British vernacular postwar architecture - the ‘Formica caffs’, which first appeared in London’s West End in the 1950s, several of them have survived intact to this day. Mostly established by Italian immigrant families, the coffee bars served simple snacks and drinks in a pared-back modernist setting featuring laminate surfaces, pastel colours and cosy seating nooks and crannies. This was the beginning of the ‘cafe culture’ in London with King’s Road at the epicentre, attracting writers, musicians, photographers and bohemian characters of all styles.
(More to come)
4 - 8 April
Ditta Angelo Radaelli
via Manzoni 16 - Milan
Child Studio presents a series of lighting objects, exploring the perception of reality and fantasy.
The playful and surreal collection will be displayed in a historical flower shop ‘Ditta Angelo Radaelli’ in Brera district during Milan Design Week.
The studio’s debut collection consists of sculptural lighting objects that play with the illusion of movement, exploring the perception of reality and fantasy. A series of glowing glass spheres appear to be sliding and rolling down the slanted geometric plinths, captured at a point of subtle balance, as if frozen in time. The precarious shapes were designed to create an assuming movement and optical illusion, building a sense of anticipation and suspense. When viewed from different angles, the object's shapes appear to change creating beyond-real three-dimensional effects.
The collection’s title 'In the Shadow of a Man' refers to a quote attributed to the Italian surrealist painter Giorgio De Chirico: 'There is much more mystery in the shadow of a man walking on a sunny day, than in all religions in the world.'