OKAY Studio at The Aram Gallery



London-based designers OKAY Studio will exhibit their work at The Aram Gallery this month, in a show called Under the Same Roof.


Work by Shay Alkalay, Tomas Alonso, Jordi Canudas, Mathias Hahn, Peter Marigold, Yael Mer, Oscar Narud, Hiroko Shiratori and Jorre van Ast will be on show. Top image: End table by Peter Marigold. Above: Slap Dash by Oscar Narud.


The London gallery will be divided up to represent the different designers' work spaces. Above: Cavities by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay.


The ceiling will be covered with sketches, sketch models, workshop jigs and failed projects from the studio. Above and below: Clamp a Leg by Jorre van Ast.


The exhibition will be open 18 September – 8 November 2008 at the gallery in London. Below: No 7 Chair.


Photographs by Luke Hayes.

The following information is from The Aram Gallery:


OKAY Studio is a collective of individual designers sharing a bit more than a workspace. Each has broken their own ground, with some also working for leading design studios while others work on consultancy projects. As a collective they share a drive to generate self-initiated projects, produce work with their own clients and exhibit in galleries and museums internationally. This will be the first curated exhibition of the group. Coming from different countries, all nine designers at OKAY Studio met while studying on the Royal College of Art’s Design Products course, and have continued working alongside each other, sharing resources and sometimes collaborating on client work and exhibitions.


Under the Same Roof will be a unique insight into the way this group has set up their way of working in London. The exhibition will transform the Aram Gallery into a series of ‘rooms’ that will represent the working spaces of each of the members of the studio, reflecting on how they operate successfully as colleagues rather than as a branded consultancy. Above and below: Elipse table by Peter Marigold.


Collectively, the exhibition will explore how, just as in London, many different approaches to life and a creative existence are possible under the same roof offering insight into the ambient ongoing process of being a designer in London today. The ‘roof’, or ceiling, of the gallery will be a unique installation of drawings, sketch models, workshop jigs, failed projects and other studio ephemera that form each of the members’ daily studio existence. Below: Mr Light series.


Under the Same Roof will exhibit the work of: Shay Alkalay, Tomas Alonso, Jordi Canudas, Mathias Hahn, Peter Marigold, Yael Mer, Oscar Narud, Hiroko Shiratori and Jorre van Ast.


The Aram Gallery is delighted to invite these nine emerging professionals to exhibit new and, as yet, unseen work and promises to deliver an exciting addition to the Gallery’s award-winning programme from previous years (Stage by Jaime Hayon, 2006 London Design Festival Icon Magazine Trail, Best in Show). Above and below: Copper lantern by Mathias Hahn.


Curator: Daniel Charny
Assistant Curator: Alison Norris
Director: Zeev Aram


Above: Bish Bosh by Oscar Narud.

Exhibition open 18 September – 8 November 2008
Open Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm (Thurs until 7pm)

The Aram Gallery,
110 Drury Lane,
London, WC2B 5SG


Above and below: Tailored Wood by Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay.


Below: Tan mirrors by Peter Marigold.









More Dezeen stories about
OKAY Studio:

Scantling lamps by Mathais Hahn
Jar Tops by Jorre van Ast
Stack by Shay Alkalay
Cut Attachez by Shay Alkalay
Pivot by Shay Alkalay
Designers in Residence at the Design Museum
Wallfa by Jordi Canudas
Mind Chair by Beta Tank and Peter Marigold
Peter Marigold at Great Brits in Milan
Split series by Peter Marigold
Movisi launches Peter Marigold shelving

Posted on Wednesday September 3rd 2008 at 11:06 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Xit

    Very fresh and creative, the blue chair reminds me of a pimped Barber Osgerby coat stand.


  • B2om


    Bish Bosh by Oscar Narud
    Reminds me of an old project by
    Valerian Gagnaire
    but not as good.

  • qill


  • bertrand

    Great work , but…. photographs are hum ….really bad sorry shame.

  • Great job guys! Loving the copper lantern Mathias.

    Success to all!

  • nice, very creative things!

  • Loukas

    Fresh, simple lines. The designers have obviously studied, explored and developed ideas to produce objects for use. good job

  • zuy

    Where are the projects and the products in relation with the hand drawings?
    It’s clear in design books with hand drawing’s pages by Philippe Starck and Jaime Hayon…

  • The photos of the studio are a great treat! It’s so rare to see the workspaces of designers– thanks for posting them.

  • BangPow

    ZUY ^Looks to me more like a “hands on” approach than a simple sketch to real product translation.

    I see this more as a Sori Yanagi approach than a Starck/Hayon method.

  • zuy

    i’m ok with you Craig …. there is a good dutch book about workplaces of dutch designers …. but i like better relation between drawing, scale models, and prototype… see the site of the french designer Inga Sempé if you like it

  • zuy

    the link from scales models to final products

  • zuy

    BangPow, i dunnot speak of method but presentation of design process of starck book by Colin, 10 years ago with calques and last jaime yahon book with lot of sketches…
    Sorry i like Sori Yanagi but i dunnot understand the relation between him and the approach of this young designers…

  • zuy

    19 years ago Starck, now it’s a machine gun…

  • BangPow

    The relationship is that Sori yanagi never did sketches, he only made models as he believed that something to be used by hands should be made by hands.

  • Dr Skruffknuckles

    Wow very nice material use and forms, however OKAY studio still have alot to learn about functionality. The black stool is not very practical in my opinion – at the moment these are nice sculptures – not furniture.

  • fos30

    Very Michael Marriot with a touch of Heath Robinson thrown in……and those tables… by Richard Woods / Established & Sons???

  • celine mondieu

    nice but kind of sophomorish, no?

  • capucine

    too fast, too ephemeral…
    Only the copper lantern looks reflexive.
    The mirors are soft and nice.