8 Chairs: Redefined by the Weather

Gallery Libby Sellers was launched in 2007 by the former senior curator of the London Design Museum, in order to offer a platform for the support and promotion of progressive and critical design in a gallery context.


Chair at Joshua Tree California

The current exhibition –‘8 Chairs’ by London-based creative duo Clarke & Reilly is a poetic travelogue documenting the journey of these chairs through extreme weather conditions. The redefined forms were installed on the rooftop of a Peckham building to expose them to the icy winter before being transported to the scorching California desert. The consequences of such extremes, all documented through film and photography, are also displayed in the Gallery. On their return, each chair underwent their own final process, informed by their individual response to the whole experience.

Credit : Ed Reeve

Clarke & Reilly describe their style as ‘unashamedly romantic and tirelessly imaginative’, and are known for applying an original perspective to ‘lost’ pieces of furniture using a narrative, historical knowledge, craftsmanship and a rarified sense of colour to redefine the work.

Credit : Ed Reeve

‘8 Chairs’ exemplifies this reverent attitude towards design as each of the historical chairs, selected to represent a specific character in the artists’ minds, has been reinvented, often using period and ancient fabrics.

Credit : Ed Reeve

Clarke and Reilly, otherwise known as David Grocott and Bridget Dwyer (born 1964 and 1967), have been collaborating as an artist duo since 2005. Bringing together their backgrounds in fashion (Dwyer) and antique furniture (Grocott), they create unique objects that convey their nostalgic, romantic, and slightly eccentric aesthetic.


Dwyer and Grocott currently live between London and Los Angeles and their works are in collections worldwide. The exhibition will run until the 26th of April.

Hendzel + Hunt: Reclaimed Aesthetic Made in Peckham


Hendzel + Hunt are a vibrant, young design studio based in South London, specialising in the manufacture and design of bespoke cabinets and furniture using reclaimed and sustainable materials, to create custom made products as well as their own range, Made in Peckham.


With engineering backgrounds to support their skills as craftsmen, Hendzel and Hunt highlight the origins of a product using balance, proportion, and composition to transform rough materials into objects of desire.


Hendzel and Hunt are pushing what can be achieved in the reclaimed aesthetic, whilst aiming to establish a tangible relationship between maker and owner.

fenwick_ladders_mainThe final pieces represent a process that allows the public a far greater understanding of the products life cycle.


Ranging from single pieces (such as this cabinet and table featured in our previous posts) to complex and sophisticated interiors, their dedicated multidisciplinary team, strive to bridge the gap between creativity and engineering.


Through the considered application of materials, style and a unique approach to the design process Hendzel + Hunt produce innovative and exceptional work.