This bookcase by Gerlado de Barros is a unique masterpiece. Produced by Unilabor in 1955, and commissioned for the family home of one of its members, the bookcase is the only one if its size ever to be made. Composed of jacaranda wood with brass details, and an iron structure, the bookcase model is adaptable and capable of infinite configurations. The versatility and assembly possibilities allow for a multitude of utilisation purposes, the kind of ingenuity most representative of the production philosophy of Unilabor.
In conjunction with the launch of the publication, NO FEAR OF GLASS, Side Gallery released a short film of the making of the exhibition. The film features the exhibition’s designer, Sabine Marcelis, who talks us through the concept and process’ leading the to the creation of the emblematic exhibition, held at the Barcelona Pavilion in December 2019.
Marcelis explains how through the use of material and production experimentation, each of her five original works create surprising applications, perfect in form, that translate the materiality and ideology of the Pavilion.
Exploring the elements of light and reflection, Catalan artist Daniel Steegmann Mangrané has collaborated with Side Gallery to produce a series of blown glass chandeliers, tracing the boundary of nature and artifice. The intervention holds a powerful force of attraction: a moment of uncertainty between what is contrived and what is natural. In each of the artist's intricate compositions, we are able to experience this concept, far from being distinct, the organic and the geometric, the necessary and the abstract, define each other.
In collaboration with Side Gallery and Massimo Dutti, the Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis realised the installation “Splendour” at the Fashion brands flagship Store in the city center. Sabine Marcelis a designer represented by Side Gallery grew up in New Zealand surrounded by nature. Sensitive to the light of the sky, the ocean and the snow on the mountains, the artist was always inspired the communication of natural elements. Her work is reflective of these beautiful moments, which she tries to capture but on a smaller scale, as objects or installations.
Material designer Sophie Rowley has an academic background in textile design, she completed the MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins in London in 2014. In this rare inside visit to her Berlin based studio, Sophie explains how she often experiments with the physicality of materials, pushing them to their limits and revealing new features and unexpected aesthetics. The New Zealand born designer using a wide range of techniques as well as original techniques created through experiences and investigation.
"The interior and exterior architecture was a continuation of the architect’s colorful trajectory, as well as the harmonization of his work with the surrounding nature"
Side Gallery entered the colourful eccentric world of Barcelona – born architect and designer Guillermo Santomá on a rare visit to the designer’s playground – his studio. Side gallery and Guillermo’s history encompasses solo shows, both at the countryside gallery, Casavells, and the Barcelona based gallery. Santomà’s originality and raw material experimentation nourishes the galleries desire to promote the new sensations of the design world who constantly seek to investigate innovative forms, materials and techniques.
Casavells is a unique almost hidden space in the Catalonian region of L’Empordà, set in an antique masía (farmhouse) built in the XVIII century that brings together a harmonic coexistence between art, craft and design. Committed to innovation and tradition, the gallery collects, preserves, and promotes modern and contemporary art and design, whilst exploring ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial initiatives and collaborations. Casavells 2020 promoted a younger generation of designers born after 1980, exploring new techniques, materials and sensations of the design world. Alongside the display of cutting edge colorful organic forms, the 2020 edit dedicated a room to a collective exhibition of craft including works by contemporary basket makers from around the world, promoting and preserving ancient techniques, as well as experimenting with new and innovative weaves.
Openhouse magazine contacted Side Gallery to generate an intervention with the gallery’s contemporary designer Sabine Marcelis. The collaboration between the Gallery and magazine resulted in an artist’s installation at the iconic Spanish vacation home Solo Office, designed by architects Kersten Geers and David Van Severen. With the trajectory of time as the central concept, the perfectly circular building was the perfect setting for Marceli’s to experiment with the relationship between light and time.
On the occasion of the third Concéntrico, a festival of architecture and design held in Logroño, La Rioja in Spain, the Barcelona based architect and designer Guillermo Santomà was commissioned to restore the patio of the cloister at the church Santa Maria de Palacio. Represented by Side Gallery, Santomà proposed to fictionally complete the renovations carried out by Gerado Cuadra from 1988 to 1966.