Lola Lely Portrait


I was born in Hanoi, Vietnam, but grew up in London and Kent.

From an early age I developed a curiosity about how things are made, and I believe that making is a form of thinking. Drawing, making and the explicit connections between narrative, material, process and maker are all central to my practice. My work is process and narrative-based, which means that often, if there is an outcome it is in the form of an event rather than just a product, a resting point rather than an end point.

I like to work in interdisciplinary environments where new ideas are forged and knowledge is exchanged. I have collaborated with various artists and experts on a variety of different projects, including an anthropologist, a weaver, a chef, an engineer, a master patineur, a storyteller and a silversmith. I am also a founding member of the WORKS Collective.

Royal College of Art, MA, Design Products, 2010 – 2012
London Metropolitan University, BA Furniture Design, 2004 – 2007

2015 Perrier Jouet Art Salon Prize – Finalist

2014 Ground Floor Project – Architecture Foundation – Winner

2012 Moet-Henessy PAD Prize – Finalist
2012 Selfridges Bright Young Things – Shortlist



May 2015 Atelier & The New Craftsmen, Clerkenwell Design Week 2015, London.

March 2015 The Ground Floor Project, British Columbia House, St James’s, London

March 2015 Atelier, Featuring The Maker’s Table and Other Objects, The New Craftsmen, London.

2014 Allen Jones RA – Featuring  Hole Chair, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
2014 Future Stars, The ARAM Gallery, Covent Garden, London
2014 What I Have Always Wanted, V&A Museum, London
2014 Heal’s Modern Craft Market, Heal’s, London

2013 Wallpaper* Handmade, Design Miami, Miami, USA
2013 Anticipation III, Selfridges, London
2013 Wallpaper* & Jaguar, Harrods, London
2013 Made by WORKS, Clerkenwell Gallery, LDF 2013, London
2013 20 Lions, Christie’s, London
2013 Cabinet of Curiosity, Mint Gallery, London
2013 Craft & Drawing, Basel Art Fair, Basel
2013 Monoqi Curate’s, Koperhuis Gallery, Ghent, Belgium
2013 Wallpaper* Handmade, Milan
2013 WORKS, Milan Furniture Fair, Milan
2012 PAD Prize, Pavilion of Art & Design, London
2012 A Spatial Surprise, Mint Gallery, London
2012 Wundertute Tea House, 4 Cromwell Place, London
2012 ICON Graduates, 100% Design, London
2012 Show RCA 2012, Testbed 1, London
2011 FENDI: A celebration of British Design, FENDI Flagship store, London
2011 The Last Supper, Christies, London
2011 Copy Kitchen, DMY Berlin, Berlin
2011 Losing Blue, Royal College of Art, London
2010 Work In Progress, Royal College of Art, London
2009 Veuve Clicquot, Goodyear Racing Season 09, UK
2009 Indoor Fabric Garden, 100% Design, London





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