Music Room Phase Two · textiles & furniture exhibition opens at Grymsdyke Farm

The Art House Pavilion was initially conceived by RCA architecture students Alex Dickie and Christopher Kelly, as their final MA thesis project. Funded through Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Funding from Wycombe Council, the exhibition space in a disused barn at Grymsdyke Farm in Lacey Green serves to celebrate and promote local craftspeople living and working in the area.

This inaugural exhibition features textile designer Karina Thomas, and furniture designer Jack Chivers, who are working on Phase Two of the St. John’s School Music Room in Lacey Green – an ongoing project led by Clementine Blakemore. Their work is displayed in two exhibition ‘pods’, which will remain in situ throughout the summer.

Jack Chivers is a furniture designer currently working for Ercol – one of the area’s last remaining furniture manufacturers. His interest in prototyping and material research led him to become a resident at Grymsdyke Farm in 2015, where he has taught and assisted students on a range of innovative and experimental projects. Earlier this year, Jack started his own business where he collaborates with other local makers on a diverse range of commissions. Jack and his team will be producing the furniture and storage for the Music Room, including an integrated bench with faceted cupboard fronts that reflect the geometry of the timber framed structure, and a series of pegs for storage. The turned ash sample pegs on display explore a range of different sizes and profiles. The photographs were taken by Alex Dickie in Jack’s workshop in High Wycombe.

Karina Thomas challenges the way we see textiles through use of scale and knitting techniques to produce sculptural one off and batch produced pieces. Trained at the Royal College of Art, and a tutor at Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe, she is currently based in Lacey Green and specializes in window treatments. Karina is designing and fabricating a series of sliding panels for the Music Room, which will be installed behind glass doors. As well as improving acoustics, they will help keep the space warm in the winter, and cool in the summer when they can be used to shade the room from direct sunlight. Additionally, they can be integrated into performances. 

The sample piece on display is 100% lambswool with aluminum rods, and knitted with varying degrees of density to create a play of light and shadow. The photographs were taken by Alex Dickie in Karina’s workshop in High Wycombe.