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25.09.2017- London Loves: Burberry Here We Are at Old Sessions House

Monday, 25 September 2017

One of the most exciting things about any city is the opportunity to discover something new- whether that be a new part of town, a fresh foodie favourite, or indeed a hidden treasure which you might have walked past countless times before but never ventured inside before. Having become quite familiar with Farringdon over the last few years, I've been in the vicinity of Old Sessions House time and time again, but up until this weekend had never really thought much about the hidden story behind the glorious Georgian facade. Thanks to Burberry, however, the building is open for discovery until 1st October, as they take over the space with their Here We Are exhibition:


Curated with the same sensibility to their Maker's House installation back in February, Here We Are encompasses an array of inspiring photography and design, concocted by Christopher Bailey. Showcasing the work of photographers who captured a spectrum of day to day life in the UK throughout the 20th century, the exhibition also traces the influences of these documentary artefacts on the Burberry aesthetic, from archive designs right through to their most recent presentation. Capturing a quintessentially British sense of character, the exhibition features work from photographers including Alasdair McLellan, Daffyd Jones and Shirley Baker, charting the evolution of social and style tribes, as well as evoking a wonderfully heartwarming sense of nostalgia. Against such a spectacular backdrop (one which lends itself perfectly to a sense of exploration), it's easy to get lost in all of the beautifully considered details which have gone into creating such a striking installation. For me, some of the most striking aspects were the most simple- I particularly loved the room which focused on the relationship which we have with our gardens, and, as always, it was wonderful to see the craftsmanship behind each of the designs firsthand. I ran out of time to sample any of the sweet treats on offer, so I'm sure I'll be back before the space closes its doors next weekend- and I can't recommend making a visit highly enough. 

Have you visited Here We Are?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

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