Pro Patrimonio – Romania’s National Trust presents 'Honest Goods: Golescu Collection' as part of the London Design Festival 2016. The exhibition opens on September 17th at the Romanian Cultural Centre in London and it features new objects inspired by the Golescu Villa in Campulung Muscel – a fine example of the neo-Romanian architecture, carefully restored and repurposed by Pro Patrimonio.
Curated by Dr. Mirela Duculescu, 'Honest Goods: Golescu Collection' is the result of a collaboration between local craftsmen and designers Andreea Machidon, Veronica Olariu & Ruxandra Sacalis, who set out to highlight the value of heritage beyond objects. It emerged out of a comprehensive research on the discursive and material characteristics of Campulung Muscel and the importance of local heritage in contemporary practices of craft-making.
The exhibits include everyday life objects such as cooking utensils, lamps and fabrics. This collection speaks to a new generation of makers as well as to those interested in learning more about the Romanian heritage through the language of design.
Honest Goods: Golescu Collection was funded through a CentenArt grant provided by The Romanian Cultural Institute Bucharest.
TALK | Heritage in design and craft
21 September, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
The designers of 'Honest Goods: Golescu Collection' and one of the Pro Patrimonio architects will talk about their research as well as the craft-processes that went into completing the objects on display. They will also reflect on wider topics such as ‘research by design’, manual vs industrial design practices as well as the revalorising of heritage within the creative industries.
The event is open to both professionals and nonprofessionals.
Dr. Mirela Duculescu is a Romanian design historian, author and associate junior Lecturer in design history and theory at Ion Mincu University of Architecture in Bucharest. Her research interests include architecture and design as well as crafts, architectural heritage and urban regeneration.
Veronica Olariu is a Bucharest-based architect and designer. Her practice blends in craft skills and artisanal production with high-technology.
Ruxandra Sacalis is a Bucharest-based architect and designer. Her work explores the relation between local identity and contemporary design in order to create simple objects that serve as a background for our everyday life.
The Pro Patrimonio Foundation - Romania’s National Trust - is an international non-profit organization with branches in Romania, England, France and the United States, established in 2000 by Architect Serban Cantacuzino, CBE. The goals of the Foundation are to save, preserve and restore the architectural and cultural heritage of Romania.