The annual London Design Festival promotes the city’s creativity and is one big celebration of design. We sit within the designated 'Shoreditch Design Triangle' – one of the many 'Design Districts' set up all over London where there are distinct concentrations of design activity and events that are easily accessible by foot. So to show our support and spread the word about a great cultural event we thought using our Hanbury Street window space to promote a local designer would be fantastic.
The result is Art Director Anna Burns’ first textile collection ‘Occhio Di Marmo’.
Anna Burns Object is an interiors brand specialising in textiles and home accessories.
ABO’s first collection is inspired by the style, twists and turns of Gialli – a set of cult Italian movie thrillers made in the 60’s and 70’s; director Dario Argento was best known for this genre. Argento created twisted nightmarish worlds set in large scale psychedelic Escher-like environments. The sets play on the richness of art deco styling but infuse it with a bold modern colour palette. These prints have taken the strong geometric form of the movie sets and injected them with layers of jewel-coloured textures from mineral, matter and human hair.
The Hanbury Street window installation plays with these off-killer tensions in a Escher-like purgatory, the perfect environment to house Anna's collection.
Through the window you’re looking at the ceiling of the room and all of the walls are covered in doors. In front of the window, on the pavement, is a huge splurge of Anna’s print and stepping on this opens and closes the doors. One door open will produce a small resonating sound, or open all the doors and you can create a cacophony of noise.