101, 'From Life' exhibition for Royal Academy of Art

The exhibition looks at the past, present and future of one of the cornerstones of the artistic process; life drawing. What does it mean to make art from life, and how will the practice evolve as technology opens up new ways of making and seeing.

The design sought to mirror the eclecticism of the pieces being shown, which included works from many different periods and styles, ranging in scale from intimate, unframed sketches, to a monumental, over-sized bust, and even a VR display.

Unique display furniture was created for each room, and for each object, made with a combination of custom and off-the-shelf elements. A wide palette of unusual materials was used for these different elements: polished gypsum paint, fabric curtains, raw steel, brushed stainless-steel, and a re-constituted marble-like stone.

  • Location: London
  • Completion: 2018
  • For: Royal Academy of Art
  • Size: 352 m²
  • Graphic Design: Kellenberger White
  • Photography: Antoine Espinasseau