RCA “Talking Interiors” - Ab Rogers

RCA 'Talking Interiors' - Ab Rogers

To celebrate the introduction of the new MA in Interior Design at the RCA, Ab Rogers will deliver the first lecture in a major public talk series titled “Talking Interiors” in which the role of the interior will be dissected, evaluated and discussed.

Interior design occupies a unique position, combining the functional and the inspirational, space and object, abstract and concrete – all at a human scale. It has the potential to alter and radically improve the way we work, shop, relax, learn, live and die; it is a powerful commercial, political and social tool. At its best, it combines function, imagination, innovation, technology, poetry and craft.

Eight eminent architects, designers and artists will participate in the season of discussion. Confirmed speakers include Jason Bruges, Jamie Fobert, Konstantin Grcic, Eva Jiricna, Ed Jones, and Penny Sparke.

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Ab Rogers is the Director of Interior Design at the Royal College of Art. He is also the Creative Director of Ab Rogers Design, a multi-disciplinary practice based in London working across the commercial and cultural sectors whose clients included Tate Modern, Pompidou Centre Paris, Capital Museum Beijing, Selfridges, Comme des Garçons, COMO Hotels and The Fat Duck.

“Be it a hotel, a museum exhibition, a millionaire’s mansion, a café, a department store or a hospital ward, we want to create imaginative yet practical solutions that improve the performance, experience and emotional quality that a space has to offer.”

Ab Rogers

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Date: Thursday November 8th, 6.30pm – 8pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, Royal College of Arts, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU

Contact: eloise.rowley@rca.ac.uk / 020 7590 4725


A day in the life of Ernesto Bones wins d&ad book award for spatial design

Ernesto-Bones-Beijing-Design Week 2011

The Design and Art Direction (D&AD) Awards are infamous for their high standards and the rigorous criteria a project must satisfy in order to be deemed ‘original and inspiring, exceptionally well executed, and relevant to their context.’
We are pleased to report that under these conditions Ab Rogers Design’s interactive installation ‘A day in the life of Ernesto Bones’ (produced under the auspices of the Stanley Picker Fellowship at Kingston University) has been bestowed with a big beautiful D&AD Book Award in the category of exhibition design for the D&AD Spatial Design Awards in 2012. This is one of our favourite projects of recent years and the award is just another great excuse to say a big thank you to all those who brought Ernesto Bones to life:
The collaborators (in sequential order): Sara Fanelli; Heston Blumenthal; Tom Scott; Monica Narula; Jane Nisselson; Ben Kelly; Deyan Sudjic; Michael Elias; David Tanguy; Adrian Searle; Charlotte Cullinan; Miranda Carter; Shelley Fox; Lesley Bunch; Fergus Henderson; Helena Reckitt; Jane Withers; Simon Ofield-Kerr; Aric Chen; Daniel Hunt; Susan Cohn; Andrea Branzi; Michael Connor and John Hegarty.
The sponsors:  Beijing Design Week 2011, The British Council, and THE DDSA.
The team: Ab Rogers Design (exhibition design), David Falkner (curation), Michael Connor (guest curation), John Short (photography)

The exhibition is currently honoured on the D&AD site , and is due to be published in the 2012 D&AD Annual, which will be directly available here.


Ab featured on Shoemakers of Melbourne

Ab and the Shoemakers of Melbourne

“One of London’s most pre-emminent designers, Ab Rogers, was in Mebourne recently working on a project with ACMI.  We were lucky enough to spot him on his morning walk and grabbed him for a quick chat and shot.  Ab is recognised for his proggressive and ultra-modern asthetic in interior design, lighting and commercial projects.  In design, like fashion, Ab says it’s absolutely simple – “it’s ALL about the detail”..  ”  shoemakersofmelbourne.com


ARD News - May 2011

Having completed Condé Nast Worldwide News in back in March, we were incredibly happy to hear from Jonathan Newhouse of Condé Nast that “people who come in visibly react with pleasure.” This is what we hoped to achieve with our design for the store, so we went into April with a spring in our step. (Read the New York Times’s feedback on the store here.)

Conde Nast World Wide News - Ab Rogers Design

Conde Nast World Wide News - Ab Rogers Design

Condé Nast World Wide News - Photography John Short


Next was the launch of our exhibition A Day in the Life of Ernesto Bones, on which we worked with our friends at the Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University. In a game of consequences, we asked all kinds of creative thinkers – from Heston Blumenthal to Sara Fanelli and Deyan Sudjic – to contribute texts describing an hour in the life of a fictional character called Ernesto Bones. The texts were then woven together to create a narrative that is on display at the Stanley Picker. More info is at http://www.stanleypickergallery.org/, and exhibition is open until 21 May so there’s still time to see it.

A Day in the Life of Ernesto Bones - Ab Rogers Design

A Day in the life of Ernesto Bones - Ab Rogers Design

A Day in the Life of Ernesto Bones - Ab Rogers Design

A Day in the Life of Ernesto Bones - Photography John Short


We’re gearing up for two new projects in Singapore. The first is an exciting office intervention for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Then, the Richard Rogers + Architects – From the House to the City exhibition opens at the Urban Redevelopment Authority on 18 May. The show has been seen by well over half a million visitors worldwide since it first opened at the Pompidou Centre in Paris in 2007!


We’re honoured that our work for PizzaExpress Richmond has been made a finalist in the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. Also, look out for theDesign Bites talk at the RIBA on 14 June that Ab will be participating in.



‘Richard Rogers + Architects’, Madrid: New record of number of visitors!

The exhibition ‘Richard Rogers + Architects’ (designed by Ab Rogers Design), which was showing at The Caixa Forum in Madrid, closed last month. And Vicki, the Curator of Exhibitions at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, has announced that this exhibition had attracted its biggest audience yet to the RR+A exhibition in the CaixaForum Madrid with 232,799 visitors!! Hip-hip Hurray!

To recap, the show at the Pompidou Centre in 2007 - which also made a record of attracting the most visitors to an Architecture Exhibition EVER (in the history of Architecture exhibitions opened at the Pompidou Centre),  attracted just under 150,000 visitors.

So to date, over half a million people have visited the RR+A exhibition in total from Paris, London, Barcelona and Madrid!

We think this is an incredible figure for an exhibition of this size.

Richard Rogers + Architects MADRID

Richard Rogers + Architects: MADRID

Richard Rogers + Architects MADRID

Richard Rogers + Architects MADRID

Richard Rogers + Architects: MADRID

Richard Rogers + Architects: MADRID

All images courtesy of John Short


SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution, Somerset House. Press Images

The press images for SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution (Designed by Ab Rogers Design), arrived from our super-mega photographer John Short.

Despite the exhibition space being very very difficult to capture on camera, he did a wonderful job as always and we’re very happy about it.

(The full batch of images to be uploaded on our ‘ARCHIVE’ section … soon)

SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution

SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution

SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution

SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution

SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution

All images courtesy of John Short


Prove it!, Science Museum Press Opening

22nd October 2009. With opening speeches from John Beddington (Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government), Ed Miliband (MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change) and David Miliband (MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), the press opening of ‘Prove It!’ (Designed by Ab Rogers Design) proved to be great success, creating a huge buzz.

This December, 192 countries will meet in Copenhagen to tackle climate change. In preparation for this crucial summit, the Science Museum commissioned Ab Rogers Design to design Prove It!. This exhibition explores the scientific evidence behind climate change, signaling that it is not belief, but fact. At the same time, it inspires action and a sense of optimism for a greener future.

A series of large cone-shaped tensile structures fill the space, constructed from lengths of string attached to powder-coated white steel rings. The strings are pulled taut against the Science Museum’s physical structure, tapping into its excess energy. As a counterpoint to the wasted energy of the public building, the structures act as temporary monuments made from an absolute minimum of physical materials, beacons that signal environmental consciousness to the world.

PROVE IT! Press Opening, Science Museum

PROVE IT! Press Opening, Science Museum

PROVE IT! Press Opening, Science Museum

PROVE IT! Press Opening, Science Museum

Images posted with thanks to venturethree.


Prove it!, Science Museum: Work-in-progress

This December, 192 countries will meet in Copenhagen to tackle climate change. In preparation for this crucial summit, the Science Museum had commissioned Ab Rogers Design to design Prove It! opening 22 October 2009. The exhibition explores the scientific evidence behind climate change, signaling that it is not belief, but fact. At the same time, it inspires action and a sense of optimism for a greener future.

And these are work-in-progress photos taken on-site, a week before the opening day - lots and lots of vibrant orange strings filling up the space!

PROVE IT! work-in-progress

PROVE IT! work-in-progress

PROVE IT! work-in-progress

PROVE IT! work-in-progress

PROVE IT! work-in-progress


SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution, Opening Night

The ‘SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution’ exhibition at the Somerset House (Designed by Ab Rogers Design), is already near to coming to an end- and it is a bit late to post photos from the Opening Night - but I think it’s always better later than never, so here they are!

SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution Opening Party

And our one and only - Mr. Nick Knight and Super Naomi Campbell!

(Behind her, you can see the 22-foot interactive sculpture of Naomi Campbell!)

SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution Opening Party

SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution Opening Party

SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution Opening Party

Richard Greenwood, our project manager, was lucky enough to get some mobile snaps of them!

Thanks, Richard!


Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) - ‘Screen Worlds’ Opening Day!!

The world-renowned Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI, Melbourne) celebrates the moving image in all its forms – film, television, games, new media and art. Ab Rogers Design won the international competition to re-design the major galleries and their associated permanent exhibitions and function spaces, with a total area of 2500square-metres. In addition, Ab Rogers Design undertook a master planning exercise of the centre as a whole, identifying the need to restructure circulation across the site and create a new external façade and a dedicated entrance to the galleries.

The design concept was to create a series of strong, flowing landscapes and forms to create cohesion and unity among the hundreds of objects and screens on display. Specified materials range from natural bamboo, recycled artificial turf and fiberglass through to traditional leathers. Together, they create a sophisticated and unexpected palette. In line with ACMI’s environmental policy, we have sourced sustainable, local, low energy and recycled products to minimise the environmental impact of production.

And … here are some photos from the opening event which took place today in Melbourne.

ACMI-ScreenWorlds-openingday

(And yes - that’s Cate Blanchett!)

ACMI-ScreenWorlds-openingday

ACMI-ScreenWorlds-openingday

ACMI-ScreenWorlds-openingday

ACMI - Australian Centre for the Moving Image, ‘Screen Worlds’ - The Story of Film, Television and Digital culture