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Spry: In the Footsteps of Spry

Constance Spry’s influence went far beyond flowers. She wrote about food, interiors, gardening and the use of colour as well.

She befriended and collaborated with some of the most important young designers of her day; Cecil Beaton, Syrie Maugham, Victor Stiebel, Rex Whistler and Oliver Messel, to name but a few.

As part of our summer programme of Spry-inspired talks and workshops, curator of our Constance Spry exhibition Shane Connolly was joined by three of the UK’s most influential young designers: Duncan Campbell, Luke Edward Hall and Robin Lucas, to discover the influence Constance Spry’s style, flowers and feel for colour still has over their work today.

The event looked at the similarities between the social media culture of today and Spry as the influential designer of her time.

  • Duncan Campbell

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    Duncan Campbell

    Duncan Campbell is the co-founder with Charlotte Rey of award-winning design studio Campbell-Rey. Working fluently between residential and commercial interior design, creative direction, furniture and product design, their work is a celebration of craftsmanship, colour and conviviality, combined with a spirit of irreverence and a love of unexpected materials.

  • Luke Edward Hall

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    Luke Edward Hall

    Luke Edward Hall is a London-based artist and designer. His romantic aesthetic is informed by a love of history, an appreciation of beauty and a sense of playfulness.

    Luke established his studio in the autumn of 2015 and since then has worked on a broad range of commissions, from interior design and fashion projects to murals and illustration work for books, restaurants and hotels. He has collaborated with a variety of companies and institutions including Burberry, Lanvin, Christie’s, Royal Academy of Arts, Richard Ginori, Svenskt Tenn and Habitat.

    Luke has exhibited his drawings, paintings and ceramics in London, Stockholm and the United States. His third solo exhibition opened in Athens in January 2021.

    In March 2019 he joined the Financial Times as a weekly columnist in FT Weekend, answering readers’ questions on aesthetics, interior design and stylish living. September 2019 saw the release of Luke’s first book, Greco Disco: The Art & Design of Luke Edward Hall, published by teNeues.

    In the autumn of 2020 Luke’s first large interior design and art direction project opened in Paris: a thirty-three-bedroom hotel and bistro in the city’s 10th arrondissement.

    Luke is currently working on his second book, new exhibitions and various interior design projects.

  • Robin Lucas

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    Robin Lucas

    Robin is an artist and designer, he has a strong love of nature, which influences much of his work. He lives in rural north Lancashire, and is developing a garden surrounding an 18th century mill house. Most recently he has worked with Shane Connolly on the design of the Constance Spry exhibition.