presented during the London Design Festival 2014

Designers: Gala Fernandez and Ariel Rojo, both México City

For MARION FRIEDMANN GALLERY it was a very special moment to bring this exhibition from México to the UK, particularly in having the opportunity to present it to the London Design Festival audience. It constitutes a further step in the gallery`s mission for cross-cultural work between México and the UK, and its efforts to showcase and promote Latin American design talent in the UK.

The show was held at the INSTITUTO CERVANTES, Belgravia, as part of the Brompton Design District and the ICON design trail.

GALA FERNANDEZ (Spanish born, México City based) has her show debut in London with the project OUT OF THE CAGE, which is an experimental glass-blowing project realized with the skilled glass-blowers of acclaimed glass manufacturer NOUVEL Studio in México City.

The liquid glass is blown into various shaped and sized birdcages serving as the moulds for this process. Once the housings for colorful birds, the cages have transcended into objects and containers, where new life has been blown into them. Now they hold the colorful glass, reminiscent of the birds themselves.
The objects are a result of the interaction of the hot fluid glass with the moulds: the final pieces carrying the marks and history of both their former existences. The project questions the status of confinement versus refuge. A cage can be conceived as imprisonment or a shelter for comfort. The glass works subtly capture this essence of limitation, protection and custody in a very imaginative fashion.

GALA FERNANDEZ is a Spanish designer now living and working in México City. She has substantial international design experience, having lived in Italy, France, UK, Portugal and Spain and working with Jaime Hayón at Fabrica Benetton, as consultant with El Ultimo Grito, among many others while pursuing her own investigative design work. Gala is also partner and consultant at Abierto Méxicano de Diseño, the México City Design Festival, founded in 2013.

Also exhibited at the show was FOCO ROJO, a spectacular rug by Méxican designer ARIEL ROJO depicting an aerial view of México City by night. Translated, ´Foco Rojo` means not only ´red fire`, but also refers to ´alertness`. ‘Foco Rojo` carries two messages, the first is ‘alertness`, talking about the people that live in México City and its surroundings. With a population of 25 million people, the metropolitan territory of Méxcio City is one of the most populated areas in the world. Insecurity, corruption and crime fuel alertness, however this is also triggered by an enormous power of positive challenges and creativity for change. Secondly the red fire talks of México´s energy and creative force.

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