Roger Oates in Conversation

Thursday 27 April | 6–8pm

Meet Roger Oates, the doyen of artistic rugs and runners, at this evening dedicated to chic and colourful flooring. Join Roger in conversation with Giles Kime, Interiors Editor at Country Life, as they discuss Roger’s life in woven textiles and floor coverings, his key influences and what makes a person become a designer.

With Kime, Oates will explore how he came to passionately believe in the mantra that you should only create something if it is both beautiful and useful, and how he came to put it into practise developing a flooring textile that was functional but also decorative art.

The journey begins with Oates’ early childhood in Yorkshire, dressed in flannel shorts surrounded by sheep, through his early art school education where he learnt a lot about painting, composition and basic design but also that he found drawing difficult and how that led him into textiles, weaving and the rigour of design and truth to materials.

Oates talks in particular about his tutors who were leading educators of the post war craft movement and the artists and colourists whose work has influenced him, including the 1930’s palette of the Swedish Hemsljoid movement and the American abstract painters. He also discusses interior trends such as the wooden floors of the Nineties, and the recent shift away from neutrals in favour of texture, colour and natural fibres

Roger and his wife and partner Fay Morgan are credited with reinventing flatweave flooring for the 21st century. They set up their flooring business after being inspired by scraps of Venetian flatweave runners they discovered in a museum when researching a restoration project for America. With contemporary flair, they transformed this humble floor covering into a must-have design staple for floors and stairs across Europe, Scandinavia, North America and Australia. The Roger Oates Design head office is in Herefordshire with a flagship showroom in Chelsea. 1 Munro Terrace, Riley Street, London SW10 0DL

Giles Kime is Interiors Editor, Country Life, and former Executive Editor of both Homes & Gardens and the Telegraph Magazine.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the exhibition Josef Frank: Patterns – Furniture – Painting; the talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions at the end,. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

Price: £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

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