A modern twist on Georgian design
Brixton based design and fabrication studio 2MZ collaborated with Black Cultural Archives to transform the heritage centre’s courtyard for the London Design Festival, for which it used Alupanel Aluminium Composite, supplied by Perspex Distribution, to provide a Georgian pavilion with a modern twist.
2MZ combined elements of traditional Georgian design structures, such as colonnades and arches, with contemporary materials and colours, including Alupanel aluminium composite in mirror and anthracite grey finishes to create a bewitching space that dazzles visitors with its reflection, pattern and illusion.
Pleasure Garden is inspired by the forthcoming BCA exhibition, The Black Georgians, which will highlight the experiences of black people in Georgian Britain and challengecommonly held preconceptions for even though they faced oppression and restriction, they also enjoyed a degree of social mobility and integration.
During the Georgian period, Londoners from all backgrounds mingled in the city’s pleasure gardens, one of the few public spaces where a more liberal atmosphere reigned and which often featured classical pavilions astheir centrepoint.
When seeking colour inspiration, 2MZ used as its reference point the vibrant and intricate patterns commonly found on Ghaniankente cloth, and included elements of BCA’s distinctive logo together with designs that it has developed over the years. When reflected by the mirrored aluminium composite, the structure’s graceful curves and pillars are multiplied in such a way as to encourage visitors to question whether things are always just as they seem.
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