Gallery FUMI was established in Shoreditch, London in 2008. Directors Valerio Capo and Sam Pratt have built enduring creative relationships with clients, architects, interior designers and collectors and a reputation for applying humanity and humour to deliver original design solutions. They run a growing programme of exhibitions in their galleries in London and Porto Cervo, Sardinia, alongside a presence at international design fairs.
The directors have developed deep, longstanding and supportive relationships with a selected cohort of British and International designers, established and rising, who have a shared commitment to materials and how they may be explored and challenged, physically and conceptually.
Gallery FUMI is unafraid of the unconventional, embracing change and the new, while promoting the value of craftsmanship. Objects are usually made by hand by the designer, in a small workshop context, or in small batch production by specialist crafts practitioners. Many use traditional techniques: carving; glassblowing; cabinetry; lacquering; meticulous hand assemblage; but also: disassembly; burning; and digital technologies. There is an emphasis on the satisfyingly tactile as well as the purely visual, and significance placed on the emotional as well as the practical value of craft practice.