“One of the most intriguing exhibitions in London at the moment is Luke Irwin’s ‘Seat of Power’ installation at his gallery in Pimlico. Curated as a response to the political turbulence of our times, the seats themselves are spectacularly-crafted and their impact is much-enhanced by the carefully-selected quotations that line the room. Best-known for his beautiful rugs, and his incorporation of Roman mosaic tropes, Irwin now stands poised to be a significant political artist. What will he do next? ”
– Matthew d’Ancona, Drugstore Culture
The Seat of Power
Luke Irwin's first furniture design
Award winning rug designer Luke Irwin and master cabinet makers Little Halstock have come together to design and create “The Seat of Power”, pieces designed to start a dialogue and initiate discussion or commentary on the changing nature of power.
The Power Room
Immerse yourself in the conversation on power
The Luke Irwin showroom has temporarily been transformed into an immersive discussion on power to showcase Luke Irwin's first furniture design, The Seat of Power.
“The pieces have been designed to start a dialogue and commentary on the changing nature of power in modern day. ”
– Sophie Killip, Design Curial
“Inside the growing nexus of politics and design a new generation of designers is inciting political debate. When it comes to design today, whether in fashion, furniture, graphics, or architecture, change is happening. The [Seat of Power's] dramatic hammer and sickle framed chairs that are loaded with symbolism about power and its abuse.
– Claire Bingham, Architectural Digest
Party Pictures from The Seat of Power launch
About last night.
Guests gathered to celebrate Luke Irwin's Seat of Power hosted by Luke and master cabinet makers Little Halstock
Making The Seat of Power
For his first furniture design Luke Irwin has collaborated with master cabinet makers Little Halstock.
Made by hand in Somerset The Seat of Power is a masterclass in woodwork.
By Design: Will Gompertz in conversation with Peter Saville
Iconic graphic designer Peter Saville discusses the object that has informed is design practice
Where does power sit? Let the conversation begin…
Please join us to celebrate Luke Irwin's first furniture design, The Seat of Power.
Tuesday 6th November
20-22 Pimlico Road
‘By Design’ in partnership with Sir John Soane’s Museum
NEW FOR THE AUTUMN
By Design, a talk series in partnership with Sir John Soane's Museum in which leading designers discuss an object that has inspired their practice. From October 2018 – April 2019, Will Gompertz, Arts Editor at the BBC, and Alice Rawsthorn, design writer and critic, will co-host.
“Luke Irwin's Sari Silk collectioncelebrates colour and is made from recycled sari silk in hot pinks and golden yellows, blues, greens, reds and more; and because the rugs are made from recycled material there is randomness to them, which means flashes of unexpected colour appear in each. The effect is powerful and mood-lifting.” ”
– Olenka Hamilton, Spears UK
London Design Festival
As part of London Design Festival 'Sustainability' theme we will be showcasing the Sari Silk Collection. This collection is made entirely from recycled saris. The recycling process of taking old saris and reapplying them to rugs makes this the most joyous and unexpected
New Sari Silk Collection
The new extended Sari Silk Collection
Our new extended Sari Silk collection is made from recycled saris. The recycling process of taking old saris and reapplying them to rugs makes this the most joyous and unexpected of constructions. Ten percent of the sari silk material used to create these vivid rugs is left undyed and as a result
A party to celebrate the new Sari Silk collection
Friends old and new joined Luke Irwin for a summer party to celebrate the new Sari Silk collection. Guests sipped cooling cocktails on a hot summers evening. The showroom was a buzzing with conversation.
Cocktails in the showroom
Guests were invited to celebrate Frida Kahlo, the new Sari Silk Collection and all things colorful.
Partygoers sipped Margaritas and feasted on Mexican inspired food.
New Berber Collection
Luke Irwin is delighted to announce the launch of his new Berber collection; ten colour-led pieces created using the traditional Berber knot. A highly versatile, keenly priced range, it works as well in a soft, barefoot space like a bedroom or dressing room as it does in more formal spaces
Huntsman x Luke Irwin London
Luke Irwin has collaborated with Saville Row tailors Huntsman to create a bespoke rug inspired by one of the house tweeds.
Luke’s fascination with the past’s impact on contemporary design is his unique calling card; much of the inspiration for his collections is rooted in the history. From crop circles to architecture, dreams to poetry, Luke’s designs always have a rich story woven through them.
Frida’s Belgravia in bloom
Commissioned as part of this year’s 'Frida’s Belgravia in Bloom', this window - in a palette of signature Luke Irwin blue, shot through with the pinks, reds and oranges of Mexico - is the product of a collaboration between Luke Irwin and Bristol-based artist, Eleanor Hardiman.
Inspired by the ancients
The Making of the Mosaic Collection
As part of this year’s London Craft Week, Luke Irwin rugs has staged a one-off exhibition on Wednesday May 9th, showcasing the Roman artefacts found at his home in Wiltshire in 2015, and the rugs that they inspired.
Luke Irwin’s London Craft Week exhibition
Inspired by the ancients: The making of The Mosaic Collection
Delve back into the historic past at a one-off London Craft Week exhibition on Wednesday 9th May at our Pimlico Road showroom. On display will be the rugs from The Mosaic Collection, alongside the real-life Roman artefacts - discovered
New Collection: Tessuto, meaning fabric
Tessuto by Sahar for Luke Irwin
"I discovered this beautiful collection on my travels. These pieces are inspired by antique Persian flat weaves and the textures of vintage fabrics, hence the name ‘Tessuto’ meaning fabric.
Each piece takes inspiration from the distinct qualities of the weave that creates a fabric; whether a heavy
Luke’s Travel Diary: India
Images from a recent trip to India
Shot while working with our long standing partners this photo diary sums up the magic and majesty the region and reminds me of a favourite poem...
The Mosaic Collection at ABC Carpet & Home
New York designers celebrated the launch of The Mosaic Collection at ABC Carpet & Home.
In the press
The design press turn their eye to The Mosaic Collection
Here's a review of recent press coverage. The design press turn their eye to The Mosaic Collection.
Art al fresco
Everyone can feast on Italy's al fresco banquet for the soul
Everyone can feast on Italy's al fresco banquet for the soul
Art is everywhere in Italy, including - in the case of some astonishing masterpieces - in the open air. David Eskerjian digs into a rich visual feast.