For London Design Festival 2021, design and architecture studio Giles Miller Studio and cult London coffee brand Grind are collaborating on an immersive virtual gallery space.
This year's festival will see the launch of Giles Miller Studio’s V-Gallery; a globally accessible online gallery built to showcase the studio's surface, architectural and sculptural works in a revealing new format. For its debut, the space will host a virtual coffee bar, created in collaboration with Grind, the first in a revolving series of events and content in the space.
Produced especially for this year’s Design Festival after a year in lockdown, the work reflects the way Giles Miller Studio, and partners Grind, have adapted to changes over the last year, as well as the challenge of becoming more sustainable.
Technology has now evolved sufficiently to enable the creation of an authentic gallery experience without artistic compromise - GMS worked with interactive architectural visualisation company Lucid Environments to design the gallery - allowing clients, agents and visitors the chance to engage in new work in a concise and immersive way.
Every good gallery has a befitting cafe for visitors to enjoy... and GMS’s V-Gallery is no exception. The sculptural coffee bar installation features Grind’s own pod machine, designed to get the best from their compostable Nespresso pods and inspired by the Italian espresso machines used every day in their London cafés. Visitors can experience the installation virtually from anywhere in the world.
The sculptural installation also features a new coffee tile developed by Giles Miller Studio in collaboration with Italian material innovation experts High Society - the tiles are created from waste from the coffee industry in the UK.