The Arts Foundation is to select one of three shortlisted designers in January 2009 for its first Interior Architecture Fellowship, worth £10 000.
The race is on between Greg Epps, Simon Fujiwara and Alon Meron, whose work will be analysed by a judging panel comprising architect Eva Jiricna, Casson Mann founder Dinah Casson and interior designer David Collins.
The three shortlisted designers’ work has been ‘questioning the division between interior and exterior or experimenting in ways space can be radically altered without the need for more material or labour’, at a time when ecological issues are of prime concern, says Arts Foundation director Shelley Warren.
Warren adds that Epps’ work is inspired by digital technologies and also informed by a fascination with the primal need for shelter. His recent projects include Hulatecture, an installation shown this year at the British Museum.
Warren says Fujiwara has a stronger architectural focus, though he ‘bridges the gap’ between architecture and fine art, exploring the concept that the experience of a space is as much based on perception as it is on physicality.
Royal College of Art alumnus Meron explores interior spaces taking a product design approach, says Warren. He is currently working on a project called Exoskeleton, which will span more than 150m2 and will be placed in the reading area of a Spanish museum.
The Arts Foundation’s other fellowship programmes include theatre directing, songwriting and portraiture.
The Interiors Architecture Fellowship will be announced on 28 January 2009 at the Arts Foundation Awards in London.