The 2LG Studio founders invited 13 designers from a mixture of nationalities, races, genders and backgrounds to be part of the exhibition, which was on present at London Design Fair.
The exhibition took the type of a eating room, that includes a protracted desk surrounded by chairs that have been every designed by a special participant.
Whitehead and Cluroe got here up with the idea primarily based on their very own experiences of making an attempt to interrupt into the design business and being made to really feel like outsiders.
“Once we launched our observe almost 10 years in the past, there was an internal circle that felt very out of attain to us,” Whitehead advised Dezeen.
“We have been so bruised by the business and felt blocked by sure doorways that have been firmly closed to us,” he continued.
“As an alternative of chasing acceptance the place it wasn’t forthcoming, we determined to just accept the love that was coming our manner and put our vitality there.”
The goal of You Can Sit With Us, he stated, was to offer a platform to a brand new technology of designers who could also be having comparable experiences.
The exhibition’s identify is a reference to the 2004 film Imply Ladies.
“We needed this to be a protected house that actively welcomed new views,” Whitehead defined.
Among the many most eye-catching designs within the present is a lounge seat with upholstery constructed from coach insoles by Helen Kirkum, a footwear designer who usually crafts her designs from recycled sneakers.
A backrest with a sweater slung over it’s a part of the carved wooden type of a design by California-based Sam Klemick, who had a profession in vogue earlier than she moved into furnishings.
Rotterdam-based Benjamin Motoc created a bit that playfully combines a sketch with a fundamental 3D design, whereas Paris-based sculptor Bence Magyarlaki has produced a characteristically squidgy type.
Different chairs have been designed by Amechi Mandi, Divine Southgate Smith, Wilkinson & Rivera, Internet Warner, Sizzling Wire Extensions, Byard Works, Pulp Sculptuur and Blake C Joshua.
The members have been chosen throughout design, artwork and vogue as a result of Whitehead and Cluroe “did not wish to implement boundaries in that manner”.
Their chairs have been organized round a desk produced by Smile Plastics utilizing recycled plastic bottles and outdated tinsel, which created a glittering impact.
The exhibition was an essential venture for 2LG, and for Whitehead particularly, who battled psychological well being struggles following the pandemic.
The designer stated the venture allowed him to discover how “coronary heart and emotion” will be part of design.
“Quite a lot of therapeutic has taken place within the lead-up to this present,” he stated.
The venture included a collaboration with textile model Granite + Smoke, who produced vibrant blankets emblazoned with the exhibition’s title message.
Whitehead and Cluroe additionally labored with homeware model Sheyn on a collection of suggestive 3D-printed vases.
“The gathering we designed collectively is a celebration of our queerness, one thing we’ve not embraced totally in our product design output, however it felt extra essential than ever to place that on the market proper now,” added Whitehead.
You Can Sit With Us was on present at London Design Fair from 21 to 24 September as a part of London Design Festival. See Dezeen Occasions Information for extra structure and design occasions world wide.