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Skin+Bones exhibition at Somerset House

October 17, 2021 - October 17, 2021   



ELEY KISHIMOTO contribute to Skin+Bones exhibition at Somerset House.

From 24 April – 10 August 2008, the Embankment Galleries play host to
Skin+Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture.

internationally-renowned architects and designers show relationships and
parallels between fashion and architecture and over 200 works including iconic
garments, 3D architectural models and film footage feature.

and 6a architects ”˜Hairywood’ collaboration
features alongside the inspiring garments from the ”˜Dark Wood Wander’


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Hairywood was the first installation commissioned by the Architecture
Foundation to launch its new gallery on Old Street. A 6a, Eley Kishimoto
collaboration, Hairywood created a temporary public space and landmark for four
months in the summer 2005.

The tower creates a threshold into the new gallery space from which to watch
the world go by, and offers an escape from the hard surfaces of Old Street. The
small space at the top, lined with printed timber and upholstery, is like a
fragment of private space open to the street. The exterior, clad with plywood,
laser cut with Eley Kishimoto’s pattern of Rapunzel’s hair allowing dappled
light into the interior during day and lit from within by night, glows like a

Protected by the tower, there is a printed deck with benches covered
at the rear by a fabric canopy, thus providing a new ground for a larger public
space connected to the adjacent gallery.

The Summer House is a playful
challenge of how to re-imagine the possibilities of public space from a new

The pattern used for Hairywood, the ”˜Rapunzel’ print from the ”˜Dark Wood
Wander’ collection, a story inspired of a princess trapped in a tower, who
escapes and flees through a dark wood only to find her own fairytale castle in


Skin+Bones exhibition at Somerset

Thursday 15 May 2008


Eley Kishimoto and 6a Architects

Mark Eley of Eley Kishimoto, Mark Emerson of 6a Architects and Elias Redstone
of The Architecture Foundation discuss the Hairywood tower collaboration.
Chaired by Masoud Golsorkhi, editor of Tank magazine.

A £10 combined
exhibition and talk ticket includes entry to the exhibition (open until 21.00)
and glass of wine. A ticket for the talk only is £5 and includes a glass of

Tickets and information www.somersethouse.org.uk/skinbones

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