words Johanna Agerman
We have all heard of split personalities, but twelve of them are a rarity. Opening at Somerset House today, as part of the Wouldn’t It Be Nice exhibition, is design agency Åbäke’s An Inventory of Aliases – each day introducing a new side to Åbäke.
“We are moving the whole studio to Somerset House,” says Bear Damon, one fifth of the studio, who thinks it will be business as usual, despite the unconventional move. “We will get on with what we normally do, only with more social interaction.”
They kick off tonight with Trattoria – a guerrilla restaurant that is hosted by designers Martino Gamper and Alex Rich. On Tuesday 4 November any afternoon visitors can sign up for a 10 minute tutorial on the subject Design Without Label, an ongoing course taught by Åbäke at the Royal College of Art. Other highlights include the Kitsuné all day disco on Wednesday 6 November and cutting-edge architecture magazine Sexymachinery’s editorial department conversing about the next issue’s content on 15 November.
“We thought it would be nice to collect all of our aliases and the people we work with on a daily basis in the format of an exhibition installation as they revolve around the spine of our existence,” says Damon of the initiative. It’s an interesting concept that promises some fascinating viewing.
An Inventory of Aliases is on between 3-16 Novemberwww.somersethouse.org.uk