Fabien Cappello: Streetscape, Stanley Picker Gallery


Fabien Cappello
23 April – 13 June 2015

Stanley Picker Design Fellow Fabien Cappello has been exploring how street furniture inhabits and relates to its surroundings, inspired by the everyday and how we negotiate our urban spaces. From bollards, bike stands to public benches these generally anonymously designed, often unnoticed, objects are the workhorses of the built environment.

For his Stanley Picker Fellowship Cappello has researched the objects in the streets around Kingston town-centre. Taking into consideration the provenance, uses and contexts of the existing street furniture, and in consultation with the Royal Borough of Kingston, he has now created a series of prototypes that sit comfortably amongst what is already in situ whilst making an interesting and colourful improvement on what was previously there.

The installation of Streetscape at the Stanley Picker Gallery includes an audio-visual collaboration with the filmmaker Rachel Davies, whilst all of the working prototypes commissioned for Streetscape are sited in the streets around Kingston upon Thames for the duration of the exhibition.

Fabien Cappello (Paris, 1984) is an award winning furniture and product designer working across contexts from commercial objects to limited editions and the public space. He studied at the University of Art and Design (ECAL) in Lausanne, Switzerland and in 2009 obtained a Masters degree in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, London. Cappello was appointed Stanley Picker Fellow in 2013.