Six of the world’s top architects and designers are delving into their deepest, darkest and most distant memories for a new exhibition. The exhibition hopes to shed light on the elusive role of childhood experience in shaping creativity in adulthood.
Childhood ReCollections: Memory in Design at Roca London Gallery will include six modern-day “cabinets of curiosities” created by architects Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Daniel Libeskind, and Denise Scott Brown, plus Spanish design duo Nieto Sobejano, and hat designer Philip Treacy.
The “multisensory” cabinets aim to record and recollect designers’ early memories — bringing together photographs, text, objects, materials, scent, film, music and sketches — and contribute to visitors’ understanding of designs they have since produced.
Exhibition curator Clare Farrow has been keen to uncover influences that may fly under the usual radar. She says designers are often asked whose work inspired them as students, but that childhood memories can influence by “less direct” means. “Memories can be consciously retained as part of a creative identity, or triggered by an image, sound or scent, or slowly uncovered in a sequence of layers, like materials stored inside a box,” she says. […]