As seasonal commissions go, this is a pretty good one. The Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich have commissioned object and furniture designer, Sebastian Bergne, to fill their neoclassical interior with a bold, bright, pared-back ultra-contemporary take on a world-famous classic scene, the Nativity. Bergne’s ‘Colour Nativity’ won’t please everyone, I’m sure, but I think it’s excellent. It’s neat and tidy, bright and brave. To imagine those shapes made large, filling a space that’s used to frill and fancy, with a design-ethic so far from its own, fills me with delight and wonder. A move that, I can only congratulate the folk at St. Peter and St. Paul’s on, for being ‘of the time’ and potentially opening their target audience to those who might ordinarily be beyond their reach. I, for one, am not a church-goer, though I most definitely appreciate and am in awe of the grace and power of those buildings that have peppered our landscape for so many centuries. The extra large ‘Colour Nativity’ is unveiled tonight and will be available to see for the festive period. If you like it A LOT, then you can buy one for yourself in a more domestic-residence-sympathetic size here.
Chapel of St Peter and St Paul, Old Royal Naval College, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich, London SE10 9NN