Hackney Road’s M Goldstein is one of London’s most intriguing and exciting retail ventures, a constantly evolving arrangement of antiques and curios, clothing and objets d’art.
The latest outing from owners Nathaniel Lee Jones and Pippa Brooks is a mischievous installation in the window space of Commes Des Garcons’ Dover Street Market which plays with the Mayfair passer-by’s sense of scale and proportion.
Entitled Scale & Distortion, the installation represents a nod to the Surrealists, who relished the potential of shop windows in Paris to unsettle pedestrians with juxtapositions and the uncanny, revealing a fantastical world beneath the humdrum of the everyday.
In M Goldstein’s window space, aeroplane chairs hover above Cygan, the eight-foot tall robot, against a painted backdrop of columns and window sashes reflecting the sombre facades of Dover Street.
The use of shop display items – giant oversized boots and a miniature raincoat – allude to the documentary photography of Eugène Atget. Peer in one of the fairground mirrors and become your very own André Kertész photograph.
M Goldstein’s Scale and Distortion is on display at Dover Street Market until Tuesday.
Visit M Goldstein’s site here.
Photographs: Etienne Gilfillan.
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Dream capital: Mrs G on M Goldstein at Dover Street Market