Our Mount Street flagship transforms into a gallery space, as sustainable artist Charlotte Kidger unveils her latest exhibition.
Artists and their work have always served as a rich source of inspiration for our designs. Anything from a deft brushstroke to the décor of a studio interior might find its way into our collections, and we’re proud to maintain a close connection to the art world. With our latest endeavour, this connection grows even stronger. From the 2nd of September, our Mount Street store will play host to Chromatism, an exclusive exhibition of work by London-based artist Charlotte Kidger.
Taking up residence in our retail space, Charlotte will be displaying her painterly wall panels, ‘Escape Mirrors,’ and ‘Stack Me’ blocks. As the title may suggest, Charlotte’s work explores colour, with pieces that shift kaleidoscopically between complementary tones in a dreamlike fashion. These colours suggest naturally occurring elements, such as rust, clay, seafoam, and indigo, bringing into question the relationship between the organic world and man-made substances. With its warmly lit, minimalist interior, our Mount Street store will transform effortlessly from shop to a hybrid gallery and retail space for the duration of the exhibition.
As well, Charlotte has designed a bespoke window display for Mount Street, featuring a selection of shoes from our Autumn Winter ’22 collection that harmonise with her fantastical sculptures. Working with reclaimed materials like the waste dust from plastic foam manufacture, Charlotte creates plinths, podiums and tables that seem to nod to classical architecture, making them appear like technicolour visions of Greek or Roman ruins.
Naturally, Mary Alice is a fan. “I find Charlotte’s work mesmerising,” our Creative Director explained. “It’s familiar in its forms and silhouettes, and yet completely alien at the same time. And the fact that she builds her work from waste products is incredibly admirable. We’re thrilled to be hosting this exhibition, as well as having Charlotte create a window display for us.”
Charlotte had the following to say about the exhibition, “The bold, energetic and sophisticated use of colour seen in Malone Souliers collections made them the perfect company to work with this summer. The window display I have designed features a series of vertically stacked rings with bold ombre’s of colour matching the new collection. This was a fantastic opportunity to explore this new idea. I hope it injects a playful and vibrant energy into the space for people to enjoy. Downstairs you will find a small collection of new sculptural objects all exploring the playful use of colour and materiality.”