A feast for the heart and the eye, Petrichor explores the power of nature, and art, to transport us. Conceived to create changes of mood and atmosphere as viewers progress through the gallery, the show takes its name from 'the smell of the earth after rain'. In this essential moment, free of distractions, we are left with only our sensory reaction to our immediate surroundings and an altered perception of ‘environment’.
From the very basic element of carbon to everyday items such as teacups, books, and plant roots, the exhibited artists use material as their voice, transporting you on a journey through the gallery, from a moment of inspiration to a moment of clarity.
Spread over five floors of 19 greek street’s Victorian townhouse, the exhibition features new work by bo.lee’s gallery and guest artists, pioneering contemporary designs from 19 greek street’s archive, a Design Café created by 19 greek street’s founder and creative director, Marc Péridis, art books selected by Claire de Rouen Books, and fine teas from JING.
Awaken your senses and join us on this journey of discovery
With thanks to our collaborators
Claire De Rouen Books
Notes to editors
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Since 2012, 19 greek street has been dedicated to innovation and experimentation in design. Since its founding by Marc Péridis, the gallery has presented exhibitions and hosted events with a common goal: to enable the sustainable advancement of society and the environment. The gallery has also temporarily hosted a materials library, a designer’s workshop and several Design Cafés. Currently co-managed by Péridis and Associate Director Rachael Moloney, 19 greek street has an ongoing commitment to respond to the world's most pressing questions with stylish solutions, promoting ideas about the lifestyle choices we can all make to contribute to a more sustainable and ethical future.
Before founding 19 greek street, Péridis’ path of self-instruction led him to run a design practice that completed more than 500 projects, from Dubai to Sâo Paulo, and Houston to Shanghai, for clients including Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs and L’Oréal. More recently, he has been involved in the transformation of the historic site of London’s Central Saint Martins art school into luxury lofts, and the interior design of the Library private members’ club and hotel. In September 2016, he will be launching his new philosophy, ‘the sacred art of transformative spaces’, intended to support personal development and growth through the creation of interiors that combine aesthetics, sustainability and spatial.
London-based bo.lee represents a select group of emerging and mid-career artists. Jemma Hickman launched the gallery in Bath in 2009, relocating to London in 2013. House and guest artists are exhibited from a viewing space in East Dulwich, in off-site exhibitions and at leading international art fairs. Often exhibiting in unusual settings, exhibition locations have included churches, a shipping container, railway arch and empty town houses.
Claire de Rouen Books
A specialist in photography, fashion and art titles, Claire de Rouen Books was founded in 2005, in Soho, London by Claire de Rouen. The shop’s debut launch was for Bruce Weber, and since then books by Tim Walker, Chris Steele Perkins, Collier Schorr, Bill Henson, Lily Cole, Juergen Teller, and many more, have been launched there. Stocking a carefully edited selection of photobooks, limited-edition zines, fashion tomes, look books and magazines sourced from all over the world, Claire de Rouen is now owned and run by Lucy Moore.
Launched in 2004 by Edward Eisler, JING sources and sells fine teas from China, Taiwan, Japan, India and Sri Lanka. Honouring Asia’s ancient tea culture, Jing elevates tea drinking in Britain to the same heights of connoisseurship that it enjoys in China, by realising the intrinsic value and taste experience of truly authentic tea. The company is an active member of the Ethical Tea Partnership and wholeheartedly supports its vision of a thriving tea industry that is socially just and environmentally sustainable. Jing also designs its own teaware, to ensure that its teas are prepared to perfection.
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