October 16, 2013, 7:34 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- This November, London's Design Museum presents an exhibition dedicated to the work of celebrated designer Paul Smith, reports LondonTown.com.
Although the Paul Smith brand is now known around the world, with stores in 16 countries, it sprang from the very modest beginnings of a 3mx3m Nottingham boutique, which Smith opened in 1970. A space of exactly the same dimensions kicks off this new exhibition, a message to aspiring designers and entrepreneurs that it is ok to start small.
From there it takes us on a tour of Smith's mind, creativity and influences, encompassing the importance of his wife Pauline (who, he says, taught him everything), behind-the-scenes footage from this year's Paris menswear shows, and iconic pieces from past Paul Smith collections.
One of the main talking points, however, will be the recreation of Smith's Covent Garden office, known as ‘the stockroom of silly things' on account of all the random objects that more than fill it (including several bicycles, cycling memorabilia, wind-up toys, china rabbits and an endless assortment of bizarre things that fans and famous friends regularly send him). Far more than just clutter, these are the things that give the designer inspiration, often popping up in his trademark style of what he calls ‘classic with a twist'.
The exhibition runs from 15 November until 9 March 2014 and is open from 10am-5.45pm daily.
The Design Museum is at Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD (www.designmuseum.org). Visitors can find, and book, cheap London hotels in the area via LondonTown.com.
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