19th September – 14th October 2012, Wednesday – Sunday
2 Willow Road, Hampstead Heath
Red House, Bexleyheath
Manifold explore the homes of two giants of architecture, art and design. William Morris and Ernö Goldfinger made places for themselves embodying their distinct values. We have responded with parallel site-specific exhibitions that examine the material and contextual situation of Red House and 2 Willow Road.
Individual and collaborative works explore these two National Trust properties through new design, image, sculpture and audio intervention. The exhibitions span both London Design Festival and Frieze Week – a reflection of the varied sensibilities within the group.
At Willow Road we have also curated an evening event with cocktails specially mixed by Jensens Bermondsey Gin; a night of music, food, film and performance in homage to the Goldfingers’ somewhat notorious soirees.
William Morris and Ernö Goldfinger created homes for themselves that embody their distinct values – how they thought we should live. Their houses speak of wider ideological and cultural movements through the intimacy of the home, coloured by the time capsule-like conservation environment.
This project, Manifold’s first group show, has been a catalyst for us to experiment with unfamiliar materials and techniques. Our multi-disciplinary responses to the two men, their ideas and these buildings reveal a broad range of personal perspectives within art and design.