Paper party: Francesca Signori’s unique art in London now

Get down to The House of Peroni on Brick Lane before 25 November to see the work of Italian paper artist Francesca Signori before she finishes her residency. The House of Peroni is a meeting place for collaboration and inspiration. A sort of ‘living Italy’ in the east end of London to celebrate Italy’s contemporary creators in design, fashion, film, food and drink. Right up my street.

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The lovely Francesca (above) has designed three rooms – using thousands of pieces of paper  and in the process creating stunning installations. There’s something about paper art that I love – transforming the most basic material itself into art is unique and special and speaks volumes about ultimate creativity.


The al fresco bar is covered in autumnal grapevines inspired by Tuscan vineyards. While the library has paper floor-to-ceiling book cases and oversized chandeliers. Finally, the laundry room has paper garments suspended from the roof with wearable paper accessories that guests can try on.


Now living in Brooklyn, the artist is known for her play of scale and colour, a mix of handcrafted and experimental use of materials with a feminine touch.

Her collection include objects made in sugar, interiors and products in cardboard, wallpaper made with a flexible concrete, a transportable line of furniture in fabric and tremendous light installations made with origami, crystals and hand made objects.

She has exhibited, amongst others, at the Salone Satellite during the Design Week in Milan, Inside Amsterdam and 100% Design London and she works for clients such Chopard, Delta Airlines, Starbucks, Elle Decor Italy, Glamour Italy, Elle Vietnam, Vanity Fair Italy, Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam, Vogue Bambini, Costume National, Disney ABC and Custo Barcelona.

Francesca is based in New York and works from her creative studio at Industry City, Brooklyn.

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