Sir Paul Smith, Photo by Sandro Sadano
Dan Pearson, Sir Paul Smith and Stephanie Macdonald, 12/06/13
What do an architect, a fashion designer and a garden designer have in common? Join us at this intriguing evening event to find out as Dan, Paul and Stephanie explore and discover connections and divergences between their practices.
Sir Paul Smith and Dan Pearson met in 1998 when Dan was asked by Paul's wife Pauline to look at the landscape surrounding a house they own in Italy, his re-design was so popular they then asked him to work on their London home. Their working relationship took an unusual turn when Paul asked Dan to model for him in a number of fashion campaigns, including one this December for a Paul Smith Japanese print campaign.
Dan has worked with Stephanie, Director of 6A Architects, on a number of projects over the past few years including a townhouse renovation in Hampstead and a Chelsea home.
Stephanie Macdonald BA(hons) DipArch studied fine art at Portsmouth College of Art and following a scholarship to Japan, architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Royal College of Art and London Metropolitan University with Caruso St John. She has developed the practice’s collaborative approach working with artists, fashion designers, scientists. She leads the material research of the studio and recently 6a’s innovative architectural residency at the ICA.
6a architects was founded by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald in 2001 after meeting at the RCA and has become one of the leading architectural practices in the UK. The practice has developed a particular reputation for award winning contemporary art galleries, educational and residential projects in sensitive historic environments. Recent projects include the critically acclaimed extension to the South London Gallery (New London Architecture Award 2011 and Civic Trust Award Commendation 2012), and Raven Row, a contemporary art gallery in Spitalfields, east London.
After more than 40 years in the business, Sir Paul Smith is Britain’s foremost fashion designer. He has the uncanny knack of anticipating and sparking trends not only in the fashion and design worlds, but in popular culture generally.
Everything he does is infused with his wry sense of humour and mischief: ‘I might pair a beautiful suit with denim shorts. Or use the back of a seed packet as inspiration for a ﬂoral-printed shirt,’ he says. Nevertheless, as playful and cutting-edge as his designs might be, they are always underpinned by his love of traditional tailoring.
Dan Pearson is one of the most significant landscape and garden designers working today. From contemporary reinterpretations of historic Arts & Crafts gardens to complex public realm urban landscapes and inspiring landscape parks, Pearson creates masterful and original outdoor environments.