Harriet Partridge discusses the five Urban Plunge projects in an article on the urban swimming movement for the Financial Times.
URBAN PLUNGE IN THE FINANCIAL TIMES 5 Sept ’14
URBAN PLUNGE AT ROCA LONDON GALLERY 11 Sept ’14 – 10 Jan ’15
Urban Plunge, curated by Jane Withers for Wonderwater at the Roca London Gallery, explores the growing urban swimming movement through a series of proposals for river and harbour baths in London, New York and Copenhagen that envisage imaginative new ways to enjoy urban water environments. The exhibition showcases architectural interventions for swimming in clean natural waters in the heart of our cities. With built projects exhibited alongside future visions for new water leisure spaces, Urban Plunge aims to show how designers are challenging our attitude to the urban water environment and showing how water can enrich urban experience
The exhibition launching on 11 of September to coincide with the London Design Festival (13-21 September 2014)
Curator Jane Withers discusses Urban Plunge exhibition with ICON magazine
BROMPTON DESIGN DISTRICT, LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 13-21 Sept ’14
For the London Design Festival 2014 the Brompton Design District programme looks at the growing influence of craft on design, and renewed interest in the passion and skill required to make things. Alongside the exhibits by leading design showrooms, the District’s use of unusual spaces for the pop-up programme curated by Jane Withers adds to the energy and dynamism of the district. This year these take place in a series of garages in the area.
DAMN MAGAZINE #43 March ’14
Featured in the March edition of DAMnº magazine, Jane’s article ‘Cleaner, Clearer, Brighter, Better: On the future of water everywhere’ surveys a selection of recent projects that show how experimental thinking aims to help change the way we approach environmental challenges and think about and respect our water environment.
INTERWOVEN: KVADRAT TEXTILE AND DESIGN BOOK RELEASED 28 Oct ’13
Jane’s contribution to Kvadrat’s new book released this month, the essay ‘Between artifice and nature: colour since the 1960s’ explores how the use of colour in design has developed in relation to the history of Kvadrat’s innovative textile colour palettes.
Read an excerpt of the full essay on disegnodaily.com
THE BROMPTON PITCH 19-21 Sept ’13
The Brompton Pitch is an open air showcase for design on Exhibition Road curated by Jane Withers and Johanna Agerman Ross and produced by Brompton Design District in collaboration with Disegno.
2013 participants: Casting London, Fixperts, Phil Cuttance, Studio Chehade, Okolo and Disegno.
Watch Casting London manufacture their pedel powered souvenirs on-site on Exhibition Road in their vimeo film of the project here.
BROMPTON DESIGN DISTRICT, LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 14-22 Sept ’13
This year the Brompton Design District programme expands its role as a platform for new design and a leading event during London Design Festival with engaging events from the design showrooms in Brompton Cross to the District’s innovative Pop-Up programme curated by Jane Withers.
RICHARD ROGERS RA: INSIDE OUT AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY, 18 July -13 Oct ‘13
Celebrating the architect’s 80th year the exhibition, co-curated by the RA’s Jeremy Melvin and Jane Withers, aims to reveal the ideas behind some of the most radical and pioneering buildings of the 20th Century including the Centre Pompidou and Lloyd’s of London. Using previously unseen archival material, original drawings, sketchbooks and personal objects Roger’s life and career are examined in relation to his influential work as a speaker, writer and political activist.
SURFACE TENSION: THE FUTURE OF WATER TOURS TO THE KITCHENER MUSEUM, CANADA 20 Sept ’13 – 26 Jan ’14
Co-curated by Ralph Borland, Michael John Gorman, Bruce Misstear and Jane Withers, this cross disciplinary exhibition exploring the future of water previously in Dublin and New York opens at the Kitchener Museum in Ontario, Canada on 20 September.
THE ART NEWSPAPER SPECIAL REPORT: DESIGN Feb ’13
Jane’s contribution to The Art Newspaper special design issue this month describes some of the current themes designers are grappling with, exploring the work of those that are set to make a lasting impression.
PAD PRIZE 2012
Jane was part of the selection commitee for the PAD Prize 2012, along with Claire Catterall and Nigel Coates. Five young and experimental designers were chosen by the commitee, Kieren Jones, Will Shannon, Kim Thome, Lola Lely and Yuri Suzuki and given the opportunity to exhibit their work at the fair. Congratulations to Will Shannon who was chosen as the recipient of the prestigious award by the panel of judges.
Read more about the prize here.
4 CROMWELL PLACE 17-23 Sept ’12
For Brompton Design District this year 4 Cromwell Place has become a temporary platform for an eclectic gathering of experimental designers, thinkers and makers whose preoccupation is distilling riches from the details of the everyday. These designers work in different media and materials (from flour and water to code and software) and collaborate across continents, but share a preoccupation with design’s predictive and narrative powers.
• Design Marketo & Haptic Thought • Field guide • Kingston + Zimbabwe Makers • Martino Gamper • Oyuna in Collaboration with Peter Marigold • Out of Print • Studio Insights: The Wonder Cabinets of Europe • Vera Chapter Two • Wundertute Café •
WONDERWATER CAFE LONDON 12 – 23 Sept ’12
Wonderwater Cafe comes to Leila’s Shop in Shoreditch for the London Design Festival. Leila McAlister’s responsibly sourced and seasonal menu will be utilised to illustrate how much water it takes to produce our favourite foods, and highlight the importance of considering the water footprint when making culinary decisions.
What is the water footprint of Leila’s delicious Eggs with sage? Come along to find out: Leila’s Shop, 15-17 Calvert Avenue EC2 7JP
FOOD CULTURE 30 Jun ’12- 13 Jan ’13
Our Wonderwater Cafe project has been invited to be part of Food Culture, an exhibition at Designhuis in the Netherlands. Curated by innovative eating designer Marije Vogelzang, the exhibition presents projects that illustrate the relationship between design and food, showing the role design can play in understanding issues around what and how we eat.
More on Premsela’s website here.
BROMPTON DESIGN DISTRICT, LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 17 – 23 Sept ’12
This year Brompton Design District is stronger than ever. Internatioanlly recognised as one of London’s leading design destinations; the best place to experience great museums, architecture, garden squares, fashion, shopping, resturants, cafes and bars and importantly leading international design brands. Alongside this there is an adventurous programme of temporary events and exhibitions showcasing experimental design, staged in a diverse range of spaces from leading design retailers to intriguing disused premises.
WONDERWATER CAFE KIASMA 22 May – 16 Sept ’12
Wonderwater Café Kiasma at Café Kiasma in Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki.
Wonderwater Café Kiasma is a part of Helsinki World Design Capital 2012. A pop-up even designed to raise awareness of the water footprint and encourage us to think about the impact of what we eat on local and global water resources.
HELSINKI 4 Feb ’12
Wonderwater Frozen Lights, our first Wonderwater project in Helsinki, is an installation of ice lanterns in Helsinki’s Senate Square to mark the Open Doors Weekend of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. Alongside lanterns by renowned designers, everyone is invited to participate. To raise awareness of the water footprint, the lanterns visualise the daily water usage per person in Finland.
Event details on Facebook
More on the project here
‘HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU EAT?’ TALK 24 Nov ’11
WONDERWATER CAFE AT TIAN HAI, BEIJING DESIGN WEEK27 Sept – 2 Oct ’11
The first wonderwater event takes place during Beijing Design Week. The pop-up cafe will take over an existing Chinese restaurant, Tian Hai. It is designed to raise awareness of the water footprint and to promote debate around the value of water whilst making us think about the impact of what we eat on local and global consumption.
Wonderwater at Tian Hai is a prelude to wonderwater in Helsinki 2012, an all-year project on water and designing for a sustainable future for the Helsinki World Design Capital 2012.
Wonderwater cafe, curated by Jane Withers and Kari Korkman, produced by Aalto University.
More about Wonderwater Cafe in Beijing
SURFACE TENSION: THE FUTURE OF WATER AT THE SCIENCE GALLERY DUBLIN 20 Oct ’11 – 20 Jan ’12
Disposable and sacred; a source of healing and a source of conflict, water is a tempestuous and increasingly urgent theme. This major exhibition, co-curated by Ralph Borland, Michael John Gorman, Bruce Misstear and Jane Withers, will attempt to address the issues surrounding the future of water through innovations, inventions, artworks and artifacts that reveal the different ways water is used and perceived.
The exhibition will travel to New York where it will be shown at Eyebeam Center during the World Science Festival from May 30th to June 3rd and stay on for two months after that. More about Eyebeam here.
The exhibition catalogue can be purchased here.
ERNESTO BONES 21 Sept – 3 Oct ’11
Ab Rogers’ wonderful project, Ernesto Bones, is off to Beijing for Beijing Design Week. His story will be told in the courtyard buildings of No.7 Zhujia Hutong south of Tiananmen Square. Jane contributed ‘The Hour Before Midnight’ (in which Mr Bones takes a bath…).
BROMPTON DESIGN DISTRICT, LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL22 – 25 September ’11
Now in its 4th year, Brompton Design District promises a strong line up with an international focus. A pop-up programme of experimental design events will see the colonizing of a series of unexpected venues around Brompton by designers including Flock, OKAY Studio and the Marion Friedmann Gallery.
EVERYDAYDUTCH AT SELFRIDGES
24 Feb – 27 March ’11
Dutch design has been in the spotlight for over a decade but what makes it so compelling? EverydayDutch curated by Jane Withers at Selfridges proposes that at its core is the ability to bring imagination to ‘everydayness’. Part installation, part temporary shop: alongside concepts by five recent graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven, EverydayDutch showcases works by designers including Aldo Bakker, Ineke Hans, Piet Hein Eek and Jo Meesters that reinvent everyday things.
LIGHT MATTERS AT THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART
29 September ’10
Jane and lighting expert Jonathan Speirs are keynote speakers at the publication launch of Light Volumes, Dark Matters by Claudia Dutson, at the Royal College of Art in association with the Megaman Charity Trust.
18-26 September ’10
As consultants to Brompton Design District, now in its 4th year, we are delighted that this year’s programme is stronger than ever – a creative design hub where experimental thinking and innovative retail meet.
Visit SuperNatural, a food and design event celebrating the new rurbanism by StudioToogood at the Brompton Garage, North Terrace, SW3 2B
MONACELLI PRESS ’09
Jane contributed the introductory essay to the monograph on leading American architect Annabelle Selldorf – recognised for projects from important historic renovations to a 20 storey Manhattan tower.
IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS,
FESTIVAL AT THE V&A
19 Sept –
18 Oct ’09
IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS
AT THE V&A
23 September ’09
Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre, V&A. A discussion to accompany In Praise of Shadows with practitioners and experts exploring the impact of regulation change.
15 – 19 September ’08
An exhibition staged in a guerrilla shop in South Kensington showing how design can be used to bring symbolism, sensuality and meaning to flowers.
1% WATER AT Z33 26 Jun – 28 Sept ’08
The first exhibition of the 1% Water project was held at Z33 in Belgium – an exploration of our relation to water, ideas that are shaping current change, and how this is being translated in designs and concepts that pave the way to a sustainable future.
A BOOK OF WONDER SELFRIDGES ’07
AT SELFRIDGES ’08
An exhibition in Selfridges Wonder Wall of four young designers with very different takes on nature and the boundaries between nature and artifice.