Gallery Libby Sellers is pleased to present the 'Copper Mirror Series' by Norwegian-born, London-based designers Amy Hunting and Oscar Narud. The series of freestanding forms made of copper, mild steel and stone was conceived for Fashion Scandinavia at Somerset House during London Fashion Week. Since then, Hunting & Narud have been working with the gallery to develop the works in advance of their gallery launch.
Given the geneses of the series, Hunting & Narud were keen to ensure their designs paid homage to Norway’s rich cultural and topographical heritage. The material choices allude to the country’s strong mining credentials – ore extraction and copper smelting were the starting point for a major modern Norwegian industry, with big mines operating in the 18th and 19th centuries, while steel and stone remain important export industries for the contemporary economy. Consequently the materials became the protagonists of the series and were left in their natural state, with relatively few interventions applied to draw out the inherent beauty of the raw materials. Both refined and noble, the pivoting circular forms of each mirror were, according to Hunting & Narud, "inspired by the visual language and movement of the different elements of the solar system".
Alongside their own established design practices, Hunting & Narud have recently collaborated on spatial and exhibition designs for a variety of clients including the Norwegian Embassy, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Council and the Royal College of Art. This is their first project with Gallery Libby Sellers.