What's on in London, July 2017: summer art and design events from Camille Walala's pop maze in Greenwich to Italian futurist design in Islington

Annual must-see design and architecture show from a career-making shop to award-winning emerging artist/makers on show. 

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PIRELLI POSTERS AT ITALIAN DESIGN EXHIBITION

We all know the Woolmark, the black-and-white twisted ball of yarn that signifies a product in “pure new wool”. Recognised worldwide, this logo is a guarantee of a natural quality fibre for furnishings and fashion. Perhaps less well-known is that it was commissioned from artist Franco Grignani in 1964 and typifies a huge body of “futurist” work devoted to similar optical effects, much of it in this show, including posters for Pirelli.

Franco Grignani: Art as Design, 1950-1990, Until September 5, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, N1, 020 7704 9522; estorickcollection.com


 

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A LESSON IN DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE

THE Aram family — father Zeev, daughter Ruth and son Daniel — have a gallery in their huge contemporary furniture and lighting store in Covent Garden. Here, in their annual summer show, curated by the dynamic Riya Patel,  are models, samples, tests and drawings from 15 designers and five architects that illuminate the process of design.

It’s a must-see for career hopefuls in design and architecture. Included are Ineke Hans — whose show Breathing Colour is currently at the Design Museum — Shin Azumi, Sam Jacob Studio and Samuel Wilkinson. New faces are Leeds College graduate Theo Riviere, who creates patterns from experimental 3D models, and Rezzan Hasoglu, who uses sand to texture cups and bowls. Shore Rugs, for outdoors, are hand-woven to order in London from silicone cord. Designers Louie Rigano and Gil Muller made one specially for the show.

Prototypes and Experiments, July 13 to August 19, The Aram Gallery, 110 Drury Lane, Covent Garden WC2, thearamgallery.org


 

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CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS

It has taken Paola Paronetto nearly 30 years to perfect her paper clay, which is a mix of porcelain and paper and/or cardboard. This is thin, light and rigid, but textured with ridges, folds and creases. On show are shapes evoking tubes, bowls and cacti. Firing has given them a final twist. Prices from £60 to £850, with bottles from 30cm to 100cm tall, and bowls from 15cm to 45cm in diameter.

Paper and Clay: Paola Paronetto, July 13 to August 5, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, 63 Great Russell Street, WC1, 020 7242 9644, cpaceramics.com


 

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POP MAZE IN GREENWICH

Pop goes the architecture, as east London artist Camille Walala creates a playful maze in Peninsula Square, putting her trademark geometric motifs in brilliant hues on to zig-zagging walls, narrow passageways, open spaces, and “secret” alcoves, enhanced with suspended shapes and amplified with mirrors.

Walala x Play, July 14 to September 24, NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula SE10, nowgallery.co.uk


 

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EMERGING ARTIST/MAKERS ON SHOW

The five emerging artist/makers who win the annual Jerwood Prize receive £7,500 to realise “significant new projects” — plus the chance to exhibit the results. Go along to this free show and see what they did with the money. Juli Bolaños-Durman, above, has assembled a glowing, opulent installation made of recycled glass.

Jerwood Makers Open 2017, until August 27, Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, SE1 jerwoodvisualarts.org


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