Space Popular – FREESTYLE

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Limited Edition Print

This limited edition has been created especially for the RIBA by Space Popular in connection with the exhibition FREESTYLE – Architectural Adventures in Mass Media, commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects, February 2020.

The artwork takes inspiration from the book "The Palace of Architecture" by George Wightwick from 1840. Mimicking the book’s front cover, which portrays an architectural mash-up of elevations, and its back cover, showing a pyramid of books, the edition creates a parallel illustration to the book design while referencing the historical buildings displayed in the exhibition in the form of an oversized architectural model.

Like Wightwick’s book and the installation by Space Popular, the edition is an exercise in style. It represents a piece of imaginary architecture composed of spaces that play with a wide range of stylistic references across 500 years. The background refashions the tools by which styles are mediated through time, all rendered in default grey as a commentary on Wrigtwick’s default black line used in his book illustrations.

"The Palace of Architecture" by George Wightwick is included in the RIBA Collections and was one of the many items researched by Space Popular during the inception of the exhibition.

Space Popular is a multidisciplinary design and research practice led by Lara Lesmes and Fredrik Hellberg, both graduates from the Architectural Association in London (2011). They founded the practice in Bangkok (2013) and have been based in London since 2016. Space Popular creates spaces, objects, and events in both physical and virtual space, concentrating on how the two realms will blend together in the near future.

  • Edition of 100
  • Signed and numbered by the artists
  • Size – 250 x 250 mm
  • Price – £95 + Shipping

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