Carpenters Workshop Gallery at Design Show Shanghai 2015, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Shanghai

For China’s biggest design fair, Carpenters Workshop Gallery will present a selection of work by Sebastian Brajkovic, Humberto & Fernando Campana, Ingrid Donat, Stuart Haygarth and Studio Drift.

Carpenters Workshop Gallery – which was first conceived by two childhood friends, Julien Lombrail and Loic le Gaillard whose business began in a former Chelsea carpenter’s workshop – both produces and exhibits functional sculptures. Devised by international artists and designers, these works reach further than traditional territories of expression and transcend classical borders.

The limited edition works which they develop fuse art and design; with Studio Drift, founded in 2006 by the Dutch duo Lonneke Gordijn & Ralph Nauta, this manifests in a blend of the organic with contemporary technology. Whilst these works question the future of our world, the works of brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana draw from the culture of their native Brazil and look at the diverse influences, diverging social classes and groups, local crafts and the wider economy. They transform everyday objects – as does British designer Stuart Haygarth.

His interest in ordinary objects is found in their potential to gain a new life, as he transforms them into valuable pieces such as chandeliers, furniture or installations, they are imbues with light, life and new expense. Finally, and again altering the form for a surrealist appearance is Dutch-born designer Sebastian Brajkovic. Brajovic bends, stretched and curves household chairs to challenge our ideas of perspective and create real life, warped – seemingly Photoshopped – images in space.

Carpenters Workshop Gallery at Design Show Shanghai 2015, 27 – 30 March, Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Nanjing West Road, Jing’an, Shanghai, China. For more information visit and

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1. Courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery.