Frieze Art Fair 2017

Frieze Art Fair 2017

Universal Design Studio
London, United Kingdom
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Andrew Meredith

Frieze Art Fair 2017

Universal Design Studio as Architects

UNIVERSAL DESIGN STUDIO UNVEILS ENTRANCE INSTALLATION AND NEW RESTAURANT INTERIORS FOR FRIEZE LONDON For the fourth consecutive year, Universal Design Studio returns as the architects of Frieze London, creating a series of new restaurant interior concepts and a reconceived entryway installation for 2017, highlighting the fair’s approach to sustainability.

For 2017, Universal has designed a new reflective installation as the entranceway marker to the fair, one of a series of aluminium screens created using ‘borrowed’ materials from industry leader SAPA, which are considered waste products due to micro tolerances in the material and are to be recycled after the Fair. The use of aluminium draws attention to the sustainable nature of the material, which can be recycled and reused infinitely without any reduction in quality.

The monolithic screens will be constructed from an ensemble of pleated aluminium extrusions – the same extrusions used to build the fair – and will reference the forms within the overall tent structure whilst creating shifting reflections and movement that act as changeable viewing devices of the surrounding vista.

The reflective aluminium entryway and accompanying screens are constructed by art fabricator Joseph Waller Fabrications, and will frame an external courtyard, which will house an art project by Donna Kukama as part of Frieze Projects. The remainder of the courtyard is built from a kit of parts of scaffolding and fibreboard, which will be either reused or recycled after the fair.

For the fourth year in a row, the Studio has masterplanned the art fair across 24,500 sq m, using colour and tone to help visitors navigate the Fair. The structure for Frieze itself is built from over 400 tonnes of aluminium.

"We are excited to be part of this extraordinary event for a fourth year running, as Regent’s Park once again becomes the temporary home for the art world. The result, we hope, is one that will enhance the visitor experience by balancing moments of activity and event alongside moments of pause and reflection, allowing the art to speak." – Jason Holley, Director, Universal Design Studio

“We have designed the entrance installation from materials that directly reference the structures which house these important artworks, whilst drawing attention back to the beauty of Regents Park. We were interested in using a material that is in a state of change, which seems fitting for a temporary global art fair” – Richard McConkey, Associate Director, Universal Design Studio

In addition, this year Universal has reconceived the restaurants’ interiors, which act as social meeting points and a source of respite from the busy fair. Joining the verdant oasis of Petersham Nurseries, the new restaurants at Frieze London 2017 include Jason Atherton’s Social Wine & Tapas and Moro, serving traditional Moorish cuisine.

Each of the restaurants have been designed using framing, enclosure and colour to create spaces which directly reference their original restaurant sites while celebrating Frieze’s Regents Park location through the use of natural earthy hues and planting.

Deep hues will be used in Social Wine & Tapas’ restaurant area which will be positioned above the tree canopy, featuring large apertures that frame views to the park, with a bar and seating area as a central feature. At Moro, the colours are richer and warmer in tone, reflective of Moro original interiors, with planting used throughout the space as spatial dividers.

Previous Universal additions to the fair include the Reading Room, Brunswick House and a wine bar for Yalumba. The short-term event has expected attendance of 62,000 people over the Fair’s five days, and is the major event in London’s art calendar.

Frieze London 2017

Hydro as Manufacturers

Showing that old aluminium never dies, Universal Design Studio’s entrance markers for the Frieze Art Fair 2017 draw attention the sustainability of aluminium, a material that can be recycled and reused infinitely.

The monolithic screen are made of pleated aluminium extrusions - the same extrusions used to build the fair. These materials were ‘borrowed’ by Universal Design Studio from manufacturer Hydro (formerly SAPA) to demonstrate that beautiful things can be built out of recycled material. These materials were considered waste products by Hydro due to micro tolerances in the sheets, meaning they did not meet inspection standards.

75% of the 1 billion metric tonnes of aluminium ever produced is still in productive use today. It can be recycled and reused infinitely without any reduction in quality.

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Hydro based in over 40 countries provides a diverse range of innovative aluminium solutions to thousands of customers globally within various market sectors.

You interact with aluminium every day in your home, in your car, at the office and when travelling. Their market sector predominately focuses on building and construction, transportation, distribution, industrial, automotive, and HVAC&R Hydro formally Sapa (global merger in October 1st 2017) were asked to support this project with Universal Design Studio of Shoreditch London and Art fabricators Joseph Waller. These monolithic recycled screens were constructed from 2 tonnes of pleated aluminium extrusions, the same material used to build the fair itself which gets reused over and over. The walls were built from ‘mill finish’ round tube and rectangular section that had not met our quality inspections. Effectively this borrowed material was loaned to Universal Design Studio so that they could demonstrate that we can still build beautiful things out of recycled material. Hydro are very passionate when it comes to recycling and this was a different approach to collaborate with Universal Design Studio, when we were approached by them. This project did involve some planning, as we tried to transport the material on free space when dispatching to or from a customer as to keep the carbon footprint at a minimum as well as cost. 75% of 1 billion metric tonnes of aluminium ever produced is still in productive use today. It can be recycled and reused infinitely without any reduction in quality. Hydro UK process over 40,000 tonnes of scrap aluminium every year and cast almost 50,000 tonnes of billet annually in Tibshelf Derbyshire. Their goal for the future is a world where waste for someone becomes a resource for someone else, a principle of circular economy. This aluminium wall of amazing lightweight material would have been recycled after the show. Tomorrow it could be the main ingredient in the car you drive, the lighting pole in your street, the window in your office, or even the spectacles you wear meaning old aluminium never dies. Hydro have a big ambition in our focus on sustainability from cradle to cradle in our lighting poles division to our newly announced products on November 27th. Hydro 4.0 a hydro-powered-based aluminium with a maximum content of 4.0kg CO2 per kg aluminium and Hydro 75R aluminium with a guaranteed poste-consumer recycled content of minim 75 percent.

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