Spanish design is more than just Jaime Hayon. If you can’t name any other Spanish talent, then Conversational Spanish, which runs at the Aram Gallery this winter, is worth a visit. It showcases the work of established and young designers from the country, with a mix of commercial products and experimental concepts on display. Surprisingly, curator Daniel Charny is adamant that the exhibition is not about Spanishness. ‘We’re not trying to prove a point,’ he says. ‘We’re seeing what’s happening rather than saying what’s happening.’ That may be true, but national distinctions do emerge. From Hector Serrano’s exhibition design – featuring large, white cones as speakers in which visitors have to immerse their heads to hear conversations with the designers on show – to the work itself, there is an instinctive mix of the playful and everyday. It’s clearly distinct from the British, Italian or Dutch style, with a humanistic and less formal approach. Among the best of the products are Martin Ruiz de Azua’s ingenious outdoor sink for Cosmic and his delicately beautiful, bird-nest brick designs; Luis Eslava’s Oh Maria Keep My Data Safe, a USB stick in the style of a religious icon; and Azzimonti Pigem’s quirky toilet roll holder.
Conversational Spanish runs from 23 November to 13 January 2007 at the Aram Gallery, 110 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2