Temporary Exhibition

Design Museum

Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier

2018

Mark Blower

Mark Blower

Mark Blower

Mark Blower

Mark Blower

Mark Blower

Factory Settings

Factory Settings

Factory Settings

Mark Blower

Mark Blower

Mark Blower

Mark Blower

Factory Settings

Factory Settings

Factory Settings were engaged to produce and install this visually striking design. Using a combination of materials and processes in mirrored acrylic and composite panels to achieve a consistent mirrored effect on a number of mannequin bases, and variously sized plinths in the museum’s ground floor gallery. The build also featured a series of projection walls and 2 large plinths on castors in the museum’s foyer.

Working with designers All Things Studio, on a design being developed in collaboration with external curators from original discussions with Azzedine Alaia himself, Factory Settings advised on the physical constraints and properties of various materials under consideration by the clients and designers. Taking advantages of in-house expertise and contacts, Factory Settings performed a number of material tests and evaluations, as part of the design development strategy, until the build design was finalised.

While deceptively understated, the exhibition exemplified Factory Settings’
capacity for, and enthusiasm in, research and experimentation to meet the challenges of
ambitious briefs and design motifs.