Thursday, October 20th 2011 marks the opening of the third installation of BOFFO Building Fashion with the two-week retail installation by Patrik Ervell + Graham Hudson. The space at 57 Walker Street, New York, has been transformed to invite visitors inside a space that has crumbling walls, rubble, scaffold and re-bar designed by Hudson in response to the Ervell’s design brand of innovative materials and unconventional application throughout his collections. Overall, the environment that has been created where destruction —the decay and the beautiful—are transformed into art and design, both literally and figuratively.
The Swedish born and California raised Patrik Ervell has recreated the views on limitations in fashion with his minimal and carefully tailored American Sportswear blended harmoniously with his unique and innovative approach to fabric and design. Patrik’s clothes feature silk linings, horn buttons, mother-of-pearl, handmade suiting, knitwear, and hand-finished details on outerwear pieces. But what truly sets Patrik Ervell apart from other designers is his staple use of unfamiliar materials such as gold foil, meticulously placed rust stains from iron and copper oxidized fabrics to rubberized cotton jumpsuits, just to name a few. His utilitarian, modern slim cut take on classic pieces are fan favorites at stores like Opening Ceremony and Barneys. , He has received numerous awards including being selected as a winner of the Ecco Domani Award for Menswear in 2007, a recipient of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2009 and was a runner up for the 2011 CFDA Best Menswear Designer of the Year.
London based artist Graham Hudson received his MFA from Royal College of Art, London in 2002, his work operates across sculpture, architecture and design, producing both objects and installations in a variety of media. Hudson’s research examines the Entropic process, systems to enable chance, chaos and questions of b authorship, value and taste. For Ervell’s temporary store, Hudson’s concept proposed a space that should not be a store, a space that looked condemned and under renovation. Utilising the demolition sites around Walker St, the materials of Hudson’s installation provide a survey and snapshot of the changing face of New York in October 2011. Forthcoming projects include ‘Proximity’ a six-month project at the MACRO (Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Roma), and a commission with London’s Film and video Umbrella.
Patrik Ervell debuted in 2006 at the store Opening Ceremony in New York. Ervell is noted for using innovative and unusual fabrics including gold foil, vintage parachutes, fabrics died with oxidized iron and copper, handmade rubber raincoats, horsehair, and most recently splash-dyed silks. His designs are characterized as utilitarian, minimal and elegant. Ervell was selected in 2007 as a winner of the Ecco Domani Award for Menswear. Since then, Patrik has been nominated three times for the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Menswear – in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Patrik was also the runner up of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2009. In 2011 he was nominated for CFDA Best Menswear Designer of the Year. PATRIK ERVELL is carried world wide at stores such as Barney’s, Opening Ceremony, Harvey Nichols, Fred Segal and many more.
Graham Hudson is a London based architect, born in Sussex, UK in 1977, gaining an MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 2002. Grahams’ past solo exhibitions include: Locust Projects, Miami, the Jan Cunen Museum, Netherlands and Arthouse, Austin, ZINGERpresents, Amsterdam and Monitor, Rome.With recent group exhibitions including Glow, The Vanabbe Museum, Eindhoven; 6:1 Performance and Sculpture, Camden Arts Centre, London; and Newspeak, Saatchi Gallery, London. ConGraham has collaborated on many projects including the Henry Moore Foundation and Comme Des Garcons, in 2010 Hudson received the ‘Designer of the Future’ award from Design Miami.