Béton Brut

Paper: David Horan

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Sept. 21, 2022 - Sept. 25, 2022

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Béton Brut

Paper designed exclusively with Béton Brut gallery, sees David Horan as a modern decoupeur, layering handmade Japanese paper to create a new applied ‘vegan vellum’. This exhibition marks the inaugural furniture and lighting collection of the London-based designer.

Informed by the French craft traditions of decoupage and Japanese Mingei movement, Horan wraps a series of original works – seating, a coffee table and a screen ‘Paper’ was conceived via rigorous material experimentation in Horan’s London workshop. It was an exercise in de-composition and re-composition, of ripping it up, and starting again. For the ‘Vellum’ coffee table, screen and lounge chairs, Horan experimented with a combination of Kozuki-Mingeshi paper, lacquering itto a mirror finish or sealed matte.

The ‘Dragon Skin’ armchairs and daybed, left raw to the eye, are made from vintage Sekishu, a Unesco-heritage kozo, reclaimed from the giant dragons of Kaguradance-theatre. Horan worked with Mineo Kato from Japan Fine Papers in Hackney to source the washi. From the discards of the dragon’s Orochi-gami skin, remnants are restored piece-by-piece by the workshop of Kajigase Takashi, before Horan takes it through a final metamorphosis.

Part of the London Design Festival 2022

David Horan (born in Dublin,1982) is a multidisciplinary designer and manufacturer based in London. A Master of Arts in Design Products from the Royal College of Art 2013, he cut his cloth with London-designers Faye Toogood and Michael Anastassiades, before opening his own studio in 2021. David Horan’s practice springs first and foremost from rigorous material research. He approaches each ‘material project’ in his London workshop via sampling and experimentation before geometries evolve. ‘Paper’ is his first solo collection and is exclusive to Béton Brut gallery.

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Béton Brut

Béton Brut

Béton Brut is a vintage design gallery and prop house in East London. 

Béton Brut presents rare architect-led furniture and lighting from Europe and Japan. The collection, curated by design dealer Sophie Pearce, is available for purchase and hire.  

The team works with individuals and the trade to source, restore and curate. With a permanent studio in Hackney Wick, Béton Brut is also currently in residence at Paul Smith, 9 Albemarle St, Mayfair.  

Founder Sophie Pearce is a respected collector of vintage design. With a global following, she pulls pieces from different design moments into a unified and sculptural aesthetic. “Hugely influential on the collecting scene, whatever her impeccable eye singles out – be it furniture, lighting or artworks – inevitably becomes highly sought after.” [Elle Decoration, May 2021]. 

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