Jestico + Whiles, Robert Reid, London, 2018


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Aperture is a serene and immersive visual experience created for the ninth annual Clerkenwell Design Week.

The form of the sculpture takes inspiration from George Eastman’s Kodak factory, which was located in Clerkenwell at the end of the 19th century. The installation is a study of depth and perspective, taking its inspiration from the role that aperture size plays in our perception of depth in photography.

The installations form is comprised of 64 fins that are carved from Krion, a stone composite material developed by Porcelanosa. Each fin is carved with a decreasing aperture, creating a space that plays on the viewers experience of the space. Dynamic, coloured light travels along the underside of the form, illuminating the soft internal curves. This creates a mesmerising shift in perspective as the sculpture takes on an organic life.

This project was a collaboration between Jestico + Whiles and Porcelanosa and was driven by a young dynamic team within our studio. This project demonstrated the value of exploration, experimentation, making and the prototying of architectural concepts and ideas in our studio.

The research and lessons learned from this project are currently being translated and developed into a concept for a bridge in Eastern Europe as part of a national urban planning collaboration.

Video | Aperture
ideo Credit: Emmanuelle Bosse

Video | The Making of
ideo Credit: Adriana Keast


  • Begun: May 2018
  • Completed: May 2018
  • Floor area: 31m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £10,000
  • Funding: Cost Sponsored by Porcelanosa
  • Tender date: Sep 2017
  • Procurement: Self Initiated and Built
  • Address: Sutton Yard, 65 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7EN, United Kingdom