As part of their Oak: Building, Growing and Manufacturing” exhibition, Mowat & Company will be hosting three evening talks on each section of the exhibition, with many of their collaborators sharing their immense wealth of knowledge and experience. Mowat & Company’s work often comes back to one material: Oak.
“Oak: Building, Growing and Manufacturing” will showcase their architectural design work and the products manufactured from many designs. Working with wood has brought them into contact with a wide range of talented designers, specialists and craftspeople and this exhibition seeks to share their wide range of knowledge and experience.
Three Sections in the Exhibition
Mowat & Company’s exhibition is divided into three sections that they refer to as “Building”, “Growing” and “Manufacturing”.
This will show our architectural design work in oak, showcasing the variety of finishes and application of oak, the functionality and versatility of oak as a material and the specialist design knowledge required to use oak for building. We hope this will give visitors an insight into a building material that can be widely used, the use of which is growing but not yet fully widespread. We also want to give our visitors an understanding of how oak can be integrated into the built environment by design, a material that wears in and does not wear out.
Here we will showcase the products we have designed and had manufactured. They include door handles, handrails and bespoke wine racks. Our physical products will be on display for people to see and touch (as wood is not just aesthetically pleasing, it also is a beautiful medium to touch and hold). We will discuss / exhibit the design and manufacturing process behind the products so our visitors can understand what goes into that process.
We are committed to sustainability to ensure that all of the oak we use is responsibly sourced and replaced. This section will discuss the different species of oak we use and the various ways that we can all help to ensure sustainable use of oak. Our founding director, Alex Mowat annually plants acorns in the southwest of England and is hugely knowledgeable about the species and planting. We will show how Londoners and LDF visitors to London can be involved in this, displaying a map of green spaces in London where the best acorns for planting can be found.