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Blooming Marvellous

If exploring London’s Kensington area this week, check out Chelsea Fringe—the alternative garden show that is happening in and around the neighbourhood from 18 May to 9 June. The displays are intended as a creative compliment to the famous Chelsea Flower Show which decorates Kensington in blooms every May.

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Several galleries and shops in the area, as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum, are celebrating the occasion with new spring-themed displays thanks to the efforts of the Brompton Design District (BDD). A neighborhood collective made up of store owners, galleries and representatives of local cultural institutions, BDD aims to bring great design to the area by creating synergistic connections between local happenings and spaces, and this new botanical-inspired show is the group’s latest iteration.

One of the participating design outlets, Mint is showcasing a collection called “When Things Bloom.” Although not made up of tulips, peonies and daffodils, Mint’s show embraces the season with a unique arrangement of objects and furniture pieces. The collection includes exclusive pieces from artists like Swedish sculptor Hilda Hellstrom whose Sedimentation vessels are inspired by the swirling rainbows hidden in ancient rock formations, and South Korean designer Soojin Kang who has created sumptuous leather Lover’s Stools rendered in pastel hides. With the freshness of spring permeating the entire collection, the Curator Cabinet from Studio Thier & VanDaalen stands out.

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Hanging from four corners, the Curator Cabinet looks like an iridescent bubble framed in wood. The delicate Ashwood cube that secures its six acrylic glass semi-sphere panels, is simple and clean, bringing to mind a contemporary re-imagination of bell jar displays and glass terrariums. Built to be a kind of cabinet of curiosities, the case can be filled with just about anything; be it a blooming bouquet of flowers or prized trinkets. Thanks to the cabinet’s concealed shelf, the chosen object appears to float inside the bubble, creating a dreamlike center-piece. The cabinet can also be converted into a glowing light simply by placing a bulb inside. Totally interactive, the Curator Cabinet distinguishes itself in the way it intimately engages its audience.

Via Cool Hunting

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