Brompton Design District

Ukraine: Design for Real Time

Hosted by: Brompton Design District


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Past Exhibition Information

Sept. 15, 2022 - Sept. 25, 2022

The Study


Brompton Design District

The exhibition consists of the Gropius Low Chair Military Edition created by Kateryna Sokolova at Ukrainian design studio NOOM.

Combining the shape of the chair, designed in peacetime, with the wartime camouflage net, the exhibition puts the viewer's focus on how design has acquired new meanings and functions

Gropius Low Chair: Military Edition was initially part of the exhibition Ukraine: Design for Real Time, held during Barcelona Design Week. The exhibition illustrated two periods of Ukrainian design, before and after February 24, and how the essence and principle of designs remain, even in tense situations. The chair illustrates a design framework pre-dating the invasion with a camouflage covering, reflecting the recent history it has been through. 

The camoflage was produced at VinnSolard a center where, from the earliest days of the war, people of various professions worked on camo nets, united by a single goal - victory. Among those who joined the volunteering were Latayko Antonina, art director and Bakulina Nataliya, producer and former editor of ELLE Decoration Ukraine. Antonina and Nataliya worked with Kateryna Sokolova, designer of the Gropius chair to combine the peacetime design of the chair with the wartime camouflage. Says Sokolova: "For every Ukrainian, the world, regardless of his age and profession, is divided into "Before" and "After", and design has acquired new meanings and functions”. 

From the Vinnsolard centre in Vinnytsia, the camoflage was transferred to production in Kyiv, where it was stretched on a chair over fabric upholstery. The chair then went to the office of the famous Kyiv architectural bureau, which became a volunteer center. In this exhibition, the chair will be on view, along with information about its recent history and the design decisions that went into its production. 

Part of the Brompton Design District in the London Design Festival 2022

Image: Gropius Low Chair Military Edition designed by Kateryna Sokolova for NOOM Studio (detail)

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Combining the design of a chair, that was developed in peacetime with a camouflage net from wartime, we aimed to convey our feelings. For every Ukrainian, the world, regardless of his age and profession, is divided into "Before" and "After", and design has acquired new meanings and functions.

Kateryna Sokolova

About the Hosts

Brompton Design District

Brompton Design District

Initiated by South Kensington Estates, a company with a history woven into the fabric of the district for over 200 years, Brompton Design District was established in 2007 to foster a space where new design can flourish. The aim was to revitalise the heritage of the area as a place where people come together to share, enjoy and learn about design in its broadest sense; design, culture, fashion and food.

It is the leading District during the annual London Design Festival with a dedicated programme of temporary exhibitions. Brompton’s programme, curated by Jane Withers Studio, has combined pioneering and innovative contemporary exhibitions, set in an area of London known for its iconic, international design brands.

For the 2022 programme, exhibitions as part of Brompton Design District will highlight contemporary design under the theme ‘Make Yourself at Home’. Designers have been invited to reflect on the many meanings of the places we call home and the role of design in transforming these spaces.