Digesting Design

Shelter House of Cards Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on September 25, 2009




I haven’t been able to go to all of the London Design Festival events that I wanted to this week, there was just too many and not enough time, but the Shelter House of Cards exhibition launch is one non-London Design Festival event I have had on the ‘cards’ for a while now, so I was really looking forward to checking it out at the Haunch of Venison Gallery. In short, Shelter asked 53 designers and creatives (including a ‘joker’) to create a deck of cards inspired by Shelter’s recent House of Cards campaign and to be silently auctioned off to raise money for the work Shelter does. Participating artists included: Nick Park, Sir Terence Conran, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Damien Hirst, Amelia’s Magazine, NB Studio, Neville Brody, Jon Burgerman, D*Face, Henry Holland, Experimental Jetset and Mauricio Ortiz, who was the winner of a public competition that Shelter also ran as part of the campaign and exhibition.

My favourites were Ortiz’s 8 of clubs, Burgerman’s 9 of clubs, D*Face’s Queen of clubs, Ella Doran’s three of diamonds ‘cushion’, Experimental Jetset’s 9 of diamonds, Park’s 6 of spades, McQueen’s King of spades ‘sculpture, Amelia’s Magazine’s 2 of hearts, Amanda Levete Architects 3 of hearts, M/M Pari’s 4 of hearts, Polly Morgan’s 10 of hearts, Gerald Scarfe’s Jack of hearts, Antoni and Alison’s ace of clubs, NB Studio’s 2 of clubs and Lacey’s 5 of clubs. Check out a full set of exhibition photos on my Flickr page here.





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  1. graphiquefantastique said, on September 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    What a great looking exhibition! I wish I could have seen these up close!

  2. Mauricio Ortiz said, on September 28, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Just wanted to say “thank you” for your kind comments and featuring my design for the ‘Eight of Clubs’ in your blog. Great photos by the way! I am very happy to have been given the opportunity to participate in SHELTER’s House of Cards campaign and would urge anyone who has not already done so to purchase a set of the very smart limited edition A5 art cards – all proceeds go to SHELTER the housing and homelessness charity. Mauricio Ortiz

  3. Paul said, on September 29, 2009 at 2:00 am


    No worries – yours was one of the best there – reminded me of the Banksy insect hacks he did, really liked it – I am going to get one of the cards sets soon! :)

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