All photos: Jeff Martin
All words: Brandon Weight
We’re absolutely no strangers to the Former Spanish Ambassador’s Residence, and on each visit, it’s amazing to see how much this space transforms. In this iteration, SPAIN arts & culture brought in the traveling exhibit CUTTING EDGE SPANISH CRAFTS: Innovation and Design in Contemporary Craft Industries, which is quite a mouthful and directly translates from Spanish to “COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL LEMME TOUCH.”
And yes, you can touch! The exhibit highlights a number of skilled Spanish craftspeople, large and small, and every piece displayed outside of plastic is ready to be stroked. (Delicately, please, this is the first and only international stop for the exhibit, and it’s headed to Latin America soon). Take the LZF lamps above, created with a thin material derived from plywood and dyed to a number of specifications. Have you ever known wood to be that thin? Or to be so delicately arranged in a near-helix? Even that white lamp could cause serious desk envy.
And envy can be purchased, with duty paid, from all of these craftspeople. The exhibit is equal parts celebration and showroom of Spanish design. This exhibit is for folks who realize that Spain offers more than decorative tile, and want to briefly immerse themselves in what creators across the Atlantic spend their lives working on.
The exhibit is free (hooray!) and if you happen to go tomorrow, RSVP for a noon talk featuring a panel of Spanish design experts.
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