‘LAMB has fostered over the years a diverse program of young artists as well as built a unique bridge between Latin America and London,’ explains director Sophie de Mello Franco as we tour the gallery. ‘The new space on St George Street aims to expand this conversation whilst showing the gallery’s artists in the epicentre of London’s art map. In fact, the building very much feels like an ecosystem where visitors are encouraged to think transversally; by seeing LAMB Gallery’s exhibition on the ground floor and then visiting Benteler + Bellm’s curated objets d’art and important design gallery downstairs.’
As we make our way to the lower level, Bellm’s latest venture comes into full view. Created in partnership with Roberta Benteler, former founder of e-commerce retail platform Avenue 32, the serene space is akin to a cave of wonders brimming with one-of-a-kind pieces. From the African-inspired ceramic lamps of Xanthe Somers to Ettore Sottsass’s rose-toned illuminated mirror, the selection at Benteler + Bellm is positively enchanting.
‘The creation of Benteler + Bellm happened very serendipitously. Roberta and I realised during lockdown that we had a shared passion for Brazilian/South American mid-century and contemporary furniture and design,’ reveals Bellm as we discuss the brand’s inception. ‘We wanted to create a familiar and welcoming space that displays emerging ceramicists -like a cabinet of curiosities. This concept is something we felt was lacking in London.’
The duo’s instincts were spot on, as I’ve yet to see anything that rivals the artistry and selection of ceramics presented at Benteler + Bellm. Moreover, the dialogue between the two creative spaces is not merely interesting; one actually serves to elevate the other. Bellm’s playful yet elegant aesthetic is a consistent through-line within the building – right down to the fabulous bronze-cast pomegranate door handles by James Hillman. For a dose of erudite escapism, 32 St George St is truly the crème de la crème.
To learn more about ‘Sorry It’s A Mess, We Just Moved In!’ curated by Roya Sachs at LAMB gallery, please click here.
To explore the full catalogue of object d’art and design pieces at Benteler + Bellm, please click here.