Spring seems to be well and truly springing outside, and so this week is the perfect time to don a yellow dress and get along to the Joy of Living, opening on Tuesday at Somerset House. The project, initiated by curator Max Fraser in order to raise money for Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, sees an impressive selection of new and established UK designers to create artwork that expresses the Joy of Living - all starting from a simple sheet of A4 graph paper.
All the artwork costs £250, and although you won't know who the artist or designer is until you've parted with your cash, it's a fair chance you might find a well known signature given that Sir Terence Conran, Tom Dixon, Rob Ryan, John Pawson, Max Lamb, Tord Boontji and Ella Doran have all - among many others - produced works.
Fraser supported his mother through a six-year battle with cancer, making this project a personal one. Charity founder Maggie Keswick Jencks once said, "Above all what matters is not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying," and this statement has inspired the design challenge and Joy of Living project, he says.