Cabinets of Curiosities: onRedchurch initiative

This September, Cabinets of Curiosities will adorn the shopfronts of Redchurch Street. Rather than a physical display, the ‘cabinets’ will instead be graphic representations, printed on window vinyls and affixed to retail units along the street.

Each cabinet showcases a local designer, maker, artist or craftsperson. Carefully curated, big names nestle alongside independents, demonstrating the diversity of our creative community. QR codes on each space connect visitors to online versions of the cabinets, where they can learn more about each participant and discover Redchurch Street’s rich creative history.

Launched for the Shoreditch Design Triangle, an outpost of the London Design Festival, onRedchurch is hosting this safe, responsible and socially distanced event in order to support local talent and to re-energise the street post-Covid. Visitors can support our creative community by using QR codes to visit virtual storefronts.

William Waples, Asset Manager, Derwent London said: “It’s good to see Cabinets of Curiosity come to life. Redchurch Street has been a hive of creative and industrial activity since the 17th century, home to artists, designers and makers, and this project shows that the creativity continues today. This virtual venture is a great marker for the future of Redchurch: sharing a dynamic and vibrant new landscape at a time of uncertainty.”

Theo Karpathios, owner Timothy Everest commented: “Thank you onRedchurch and CO’ X for putting this original project together at such breakneck speed. As visitors start to return to Redchurch, it’s great to see shopfronts brought alive with graphics that celebrate the rich mix of Redchurch’s commercial and creative life.”

Brian Hannon, co-owner of Smoking Goat and Brat said: “Landlords, operators and residents have a common interest in seeing our streets animated and safe. Projects like Cabinets of Curiosities are building on the new sense of community that has emerged on the street, as a side effect of Covid. By bringing all stakeholders together in such a way, onRedchurch is facilitating quicker, joined up action. As the usual silos and defences break up, the Council is able to respond more quickly to the needs of the whole community.”

Participants include: Donna Wilson (homewares), Timothy Everest (tailoring), The Make Bank (arts charity), COLLAGELONDON (fashion design), Peju Obasa (accessories design), The Divine Feminine Project (art exhibition and workshop space empowering survivors of sexual and domestic violence), Kazvare Made It (illustration), Meta (jewellery design), Studio Tucktite (creative agency), Bisila. Noha (ceramics), Grain & Knot (handcrafted wooden objects), Tomos Design (furniture) and SCP (furniture and homewares).

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