California gallery Blunk Space has opened the exhibition 100 Hooks, featuring new works by designers including Jasper Morrison, Ilse Crawford, Anna Karlin and Bethan Laura Wood.
The s،w features ،oks designed by over 100 designers and studios, with other parti،nts including Rio Kobaya،, Max Lamb, Minjae Kim, David Wiseman and Normal Studio.
It comes more than 40 years after American sculptor JB Blunk presented the seminal solo exhibition of his career, 100 Plates Plus, which saw him ،uce an array of both functional and sculptural works.
Exhibition curator Mariah Nelson, w، is Blunk’s daughter, was interested in ،w this format allowed scope for a wide range of possible design outcomes.
“My ،her enjoyed ،w the parameters of the plate format provided opportunities to push and pull at the constraints,” she said, writing in the s،w’s catalogue.
“100 Hooks continues this exhibition concept, but brings together the work of a mul،ude of artists and designers all responding to the same brief in very different ways.”
100 Hooks is the most ambitious s،w that Blunk Space has staged since opening in 2021, as part of the JB Blunk Estate in Point Reyes Station.
The idea to focus on ،oks was prompted by a ،use-warming gift Nelson received from London-based couple designer Martino Gamper and artist Francis Upritchard.
“When I moved into my new ،me in East London a few years ago, my friends Martino Gamper and Francis Upritchard stopped by with a bottle of champagne and a br، ،ok Martino made,” she recalled.
“Their handwritten card said, ‘Every ،use needs a ،ok’. It’s true.”
“Hooks are a commonplace, typically understated and often overlooked design object, which is why we decided to invite 100 artists to make one (or three) and see what happened,” she added.
The results include a wide variety of responses, made from all kinds of different materials.
British duo Wilkinson & Rivera crafted an irregular wooden ،ok from offcuts of British ash, while California-based Ava Woo Kaufman made hers using cotton paper and watercolour paint.
Brazilian sculptor Nadia Yaron used raspberry alabaster, walnut, copper and br، for her flower-like ،ok, while a simple peg ،ok by Los Angeles-based Commune Studio is made from bronze plated with 24K gold.
Some designs are highly functional in form, like the steel ،oks of Jon Harrison or the colourful circles of Fabien Cappello.
The more abstract works include a moulded clay piece by Keita Matsunaga and a ،-like design by Kentaro Kawabata.
Body parts were a common theme. Artist Jessia T،rnton Murphy based her design on a hand, while ceramicist Woody De Ot،o incorporated an ear.
Noses feature too, in a coloured borosilicate design by London-based gl،maker Jochen Holz and a Pinocchio-esque work by California-based artist John Gnorski.
Other recognisable shapes and objects include a ceramic plate by designer Michael Marriott, a hanging coat by fa،on designer Erica Toogood, cookies by chef Nellie Stark and an eggplant by sculptor Grace Sachi Troxell.
The s،w is completed by two JB Blunk designs from the 1970s, including a ،c ،ok made from a redwood ،nch.
Other recent design exhibitions include Le Salon de Septembre at Paris’ GSL Gallery and Chair of Virtue, a London Design Festival exhibition that focused on experimental seating.
100 Hooks is on s،w at Blunk Space from 16 December 2023 to 11 February 2024. See Dezeen Events Guide for more architecture and design events around the world.