Gallery FUMI is a contemporary design gallery based in Mayfair, London.
Established in 2008 by directors Sam Pratt and Valerio Capo, the gallery focuses on high-level, conceptually and aesthetically audacious contemporary designers and artists; each one encompassing the value of craftsmanship, traditional techniques and innovated new technologies. Objects are usually hand made by the designer, in a small workshop context, or in small batch production by specialist crafts practitioners. Many use traditional techniques such as carving, glassblowing, cabinetry, lacquering, meticulous hand assemblage. Others would also disassemble, burn or apply digital technologies in their making. Gallery FUMI emphasizes the satisfyingly tactile as well as the purely visual. Great significance is placed on the emotional as well as the practical value of craft.
The directors have built enduring creative relationships with institutions, interior designers and collectors alike, and have gained a reputation for applying a very personal and original touch in their selection and curation. They marry a close understanding of the potential of their designers with a keen knowledge of the market to commission exclusive, low-volume, limited editions. The gallery runs an ambitious programme of exhibitions alongside a presence at international design fairs.
In October 2014 AD Spain voted FUMI one of the Top Ten “Temples of Design“ in the world.