Visitors to Kingston University’s Stanley Picker Gallery will find themselves reliving their childhood fantasies at its latest show. Make Believe – an exhibition from design duo El Ultimo Grito – explores the magical world of a child’s imagination.
Brightly-coloured sofas and chairs made from recycled foam, mattresses and tape and a wall covered with some 20,000 stickers will be among the items on display.
The designers have also created an array of fibreglass toys resembling balloons and farmyard animals.
El Ultimo Grito consists of Spanish-born Kingston graduate Rosario Hurtado, who completed a BA in Furniture and Product Design at the university in 1999, and Roberto Feo. “In the exhibition, we aim to capture a child’s view of the world where imagination and dreams are just as important as reality,” Rosario said.
“When we’re small, we find it easy to create our own worlds. Cardboard boxes can become a house, toys seem lifelike and everything around us is a part of our make believe. We wanted to step back into this exciting, innocent age and encourage an adult audience to recapture those feelings. The show also challenges the way people view the world and see what is around them.”
Rosario and Roberto, who have been selected as this year’s Stanley Picker Gallery design fellows, specialise in furniture, fashion and interiors. They are three-time winners of the 100% Design Blueprint Award and, in 2004, were nominated for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize in Furniture.
Every year the Stanley Picker fellowship provides leading fine art and design professionals with the opportunity to develop a project premiered at the gallery. Stanley Picker director David Falkner said the Make Believe exhibition promised to offer gallery-goers something out of the ordinary. “This show has plenty to capture the imagination and is bound to reach out to the child inside us all,” he added.
Make Believe runs until Saturday 4 March. More information about the gallery is available at www.kingston.ac.uk/picker.