Photo: James Oaten AD/Styling: Carine Buchanan

Rodney Kinsman - The Logical Art of Furniture

7 November - 14 December 2019

OMK curates a chronological display of Rodney Kinsman's designs through the decades, from his early domestic range to public seating.


Rodney Kinsman RDI studied furniture design at the Central School of Art in London, and co-founded OMK in 1965. The studio designed and manufactured much of the furniture sold through Habitat stores in the 1960s and 70s. Rodney Kinsman soon became a key figure in the high-tech movement and his products are regarded as icons of 20th century British design.


Among the exhibits will be examples of: the studio’s first product, the T1 chair (1967); the Omkstak chair (1972) which is in the permanent collections of the V&A Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Tokyo stool (1985), originally designed for London’s Groucho Club. OMK’s range of public seating will also feature, including the Trax (1989), Seville (1992) and Flite (2014) ranges.


Many of the exhibited pieces will be accompanied by original prototypes and mock ups, which will expand on the manufacturing process and materials behind them. Archive drawings, photographs and film footage will illustrate both the design process and the culture of the times, and how this influenced Rodney Kinsman.