Walter Knoll hosts DeskTop, a photography exhibition that investigates the future of work by profiling the workspaces of London’s leading creatives, architects and designers, in its Clerkenwell showroom from 2 November until the end of the month. Some of London’s most inspirational minds have agreed to have their spaces photographed, including Serpentine gallery director Yana Peel, architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, curator Johanna Agerman-Ross, designer Luke Pearson of Pearson Lloyd, architect Matthew Blain of Hassell, architect and designer Sevil Peach, Wallpaper* Brand and Content Manager Tony Chambers and designer Mike Holland of Foster + Partners.
Curated by Jonathan Openshaw and photographed by Anton Rodriguez, best known for his recent book, ‘Residents: Inside the Iconic Barbican Estate’ (2016), the exhibition will consist of eight original photographic commissions that explore the ways in which the physical office space remains indispensable in the digital age, but also opens up questions about how it needs to innovate to remain relevant. Each participant has also been asked to choose one object (which will be displayed beside their corresponding photograph) that captures an element of their way of working. By profiling thought leaders in their sectors, the exhibition will benefit from their knowledge and expertise. “The nine-to-five workplace is going through a time of unprecedented change, driven by technological and demographic shifts,” says Openshaw. “As our working lives become more portable, flexible and virtual, the line between business and leisure, home and office, is blurring. This is a challenge, but is also a great opportunity. DeskTop asks questions about the way we work today and how we might work better tomorrow.”
Show dates: 2 – 30 November 2017
Opening times 9.30 – 5.30
Address: Walter Knoll, 42 Charterhouse Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6EA
About the exhibition
Anton Rodriguez burst onto the London creative scene with his 2016 book, ‘Residents: Inside the Iconic Barbican Estate’ (2016), which started out as a blog and features the homes and workspaces of those living in this Brutalist masterpiece. Anton’s clients include The Guardian, Folk Clothing, Adidas, Made.com, Cereal Magazine and Soho House magazine. Jonathan Openshaw is a writer and editor focused on innovation in the creative industries, particularly where technology is having a disruptive impact. He writes a monthly column for Mr Porter Journal about the future of work and contributes to numerous international publications including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and Robb Report. He is currently editor of Soho House’s monthly members’ magazine. This exhibition provides a platform for a talk and debate that explores key themes in the workplace today: communication, creativity and flexibility.