Gallery FUMI was the first design gallery to open in Shoreditch, London, in 2008. Its directors, Valerio Capo and Sam Pratt, have since made it into a fixture of the London design scene through a series of groundbreaking shows.
While Capo and Pratt do not have a fixed manifesto, they are naturally drawn to both emerging and established designers who use their imaginations to push materials to their limits.
Gallery FUMI specialises in design pieces, usually produced in a limited edition or as a one-off commission, that while still functional can often teeter on the very edge of usability. Indeed with such strong aesthetics at play, the “function” of much of the work is to be admired and discussed. It is the stuff of fantasy, then, but grounded in a strong material reality nonetheless.