Descend below stairs at Sir John Soane’s Museum

This month Sir John Soane’s Museum will welcome four leading contemporary designers to showcase their work in an exhibition created as a response to the Museum’s recently restored Regency kitchens, which will be open to the public for the first time.

Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby, Jasper Morrison, Martino Gamper and Paul Cocksegde will place new or recent work in the reinstated space. Alongside these pieces will be a sensory installation from artist and food historian Tasha Marks.

The works will go on display as part of the exhibition ‘Below Stairs’ which opens on 13 September and runs until 4 March 2017.


Martino Gamper

The display also coincides with the completion of the Museum’s seven-year restoration project, Opening Up The Soane, which has seen the building restored to its original state as when Sir John Soane was alive. The kitchens and the basement floor of the House at No. 13 are the last phase of this development, and can be seen by the public for the first time in the Museum’s history.


The Regency Kitchens at Sir John Soane’s Museum

The designers invited to partake in this significant exhibition were chosen due to their particular passion for the culinary and related domestic objects. The four designers have either created new works, or selected a bespoke piece from a recent edition for the exhibition. The Museum invited the designers to consider their work in relation to the materials found throughout the kitchen and the wider museum.

The front and back kitchens, which have remained unchanged with their original flagstone floors, cast-iron ranges and built-in dressers, serve as a reminder of the history of the domestic objects which inform how we design for our lives today.

‘Below Stairs’ will be at Sir John Soane’s Museum from 13 September to 4 March 2017, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP. For further information please contact Marta Bogna-Drew: