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Colorplan Pop Up at GF Smith: Paper City + MarrsGreen

Step behind the North side of Oxford Street away from the retail bustle and you’re in a different world, in which art galleries and showrooms predominate. SEEN was visiting #GFShowSpace, the London HQ of paper supremos GF Smith. They were showcasing the splendid #MarrsGreen colour, selected by a democratic worldwide poll that has been embodied in t-shirts, a tea set, a bike, a Cambridge satchel, laces… You name it. You can see it from the street, indeed you can hardly miss it.

Paper City Weaving
Paper City Weaving

Downstairs in the basement was a selection of fabulous paper constructions that are also on display in Hull as part of the City of Culture celebrations that have been taking place there. This is THE place for the serious colour and paper fetishist. The colours are uplifting as you walk into the place. There are also a selection of the books and papers that GF Smith has been involved with, plus a magnificent paper embossing machine that assembled guests had a go of with sheets of 270gsm MarrsGreen paper. All the colours that GF Smith produces are arranged along one wall and John, the CEO, was on hand to explain the history of the company and its place in fine paper manufacture today. They are a friendly and relaxed company who place collaboration high on their list of priorities with customers.

Monochrome Curve
Monochrome Curve

The Paper City constructions exploited the linear and spatial qualities of paper with weaving, stacking or gentle waves. Others went for a more geometric approach, exploiting and constructing the paper into fantastic curves and decahedral shapes. One wall was covered in a woven wall hanging of cleverly graded colours reminiscent of the mathematical work on pattern that we all did as children.

Paper City Curve
Paper City Curve

Therein lies the attraction of this wonderful installation. It takes us back to more carefree days when we played with form and colour. It speaks to something that underpins the way we look at the world and our own capacity for learning. Seriously, who doesn’t love the purity of a blank sheet of paper? Everything starts with just that.

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G. F. Smith
27 Eastcastle Street
London
W1W 8DH