Gallery Opening: Eley Kishimoto

by Kate Burt in Bespoke stories

The experts’ favourite design duo, Eley Kishimoto, finally get their own London exhibition.

I’ve long loved the quirky graphic prints created by Japanese design duo, Eley Kishimoto. Their edgy clothing strays from traditional ideas of what’s classically stylish, or flattering, even – and while the the distinctive Kishimoto look isn’t something everyone can pull off, the designs are works of art in themselves. So it makes sense that they are finally the focal point of a new exhibition.

‘Living with Patterns’ is on at the Aram Gallery, alongside the launch of a new range of Eley Kishimoto-designed rugs, exclusive to Aram Store, using archive prints. The show was launched during London Design Festival, but continues until the end of October. The exhibition – which also includes other Aram-favourite designers and artists – celebrates 40 years of Aram, as well as the working relationship between Zeev Aram and Wakamo Kishimoto, which began when he put on her graduation show in the early 90s. Eley Kishimoto designs will also be on display on seven Moorcroft vases in the exhibition, as well as some lace drapes they have designed for MYB textiles

The rugs are exclusive to Aram, and in store this month priced £850 each (Chains, Flash, Jigsaw and Ropey, which are hand tufted and measure 170 x 240 cm) or £950 (Damask, which comes in handmade Dhurry and measures 200 x 300 cm).

Find out more about the Aram-Kishimoto collaboration, and husband-and-wife design team Wakako Kishimoto and Mark Eley – at the Aram website.

Living With Patterns runs at the Aram Gallery until Sat 27 Oct.

The gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10am–6pm (Thursday until 7pm). Find it at Aram Store, 110 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5SG

Some of Eley Kishimoto’s favourite places to shop and browse:


Salvage warehouse and design business run by Adam Hills and Maria Speake. Check out the pair’s gorgeous and inspiring new book, Reclaiming Style (Ryland, Peters & Small, £19.99), out Thur 11 Oct.


Another architectural salvage yard. An excellent destination for rare and quirky original features. It’s based in Vauxhall and has a new branch in Oxfordshire, with a restaurant, The Three Pigeons, attached.

Hauser and Wirth

One of Mark and Wakako’s favourite London art galleries, on Savile Row.

The Cabinet Gallery

A special and secret London art gallery in Shoreditch. Read about it here 


The iconic London store has its own archive of wonderful historically important prints. Incidentally, Liberty recently launched the first range of fabrics specifically made for furnishing.

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