Author Kasia Maciejowska
Published by ICA Roma Publication 276
Pages 154

House of Beauty and Culture was a Dalston based design studio, avant-garde retail space and home of a cult collective focused on craftsmanship in the late 1980's.

This book was released alongside the ICA exhibition based around HOBAC member Judy Blame.

Founded by shoe designer John Moore, the collective was home to a variety of different artists and craftsmen. Alongside Judy Blame and John Moore, key members of the group included fashion designers Christopher Nemeth and Richard Torry, photographer Mark Lebon, furniture duo Fric and Frack and artist Dave Baby.

HOBAC championed the DIY spirit of punk in their design aesthetic using found objects and London rubbish and turning them into stylised objects of design. HOBAC developed the idea of deconstruction both as a design technique and an aesthetic.

HOBAC was involved in the heart of London's creative gay club scene, collaborating with the most progressive culture-makers of the time. Including Leigh Bowery, Derek Jarman and Susanne Bartsch.

The lasting legacy of House of Beauty and Culture was recognised in the Fall Winter 2015 menswear collection of Louis Vuitton by Kim Jones. The book ends with an interview with Kim Jones where he discusses the influence the collective had on him personally.

Height 31cm
Width 23cm

Condition: Excellent