From Mars with Love

A new gallery launched by London Met grad Vanja Bazdulj showcases wearable art, jewellery and objects for extraordinary times.

Date: 22 October 2020

London Met alumna Vanja Bazdulj has opened a new gallery, House on Mars, which launched during the London Design Festival with an exhibition to reflect the remarkable times we’re in.

The exhibition, From Mars with Love, showcased wearable art, jewellery and extraordinary objects for the modern lifestyle. Born out of a passion for design and making, together with the love for playfulness in home goods and jewellery, the exhibition offered a carefully curated collection of designed and crafted objects for the modern human. 

Vanja, who graduated with a Furniture Design MA, is an architect, educator and maker who has spent many years running her own studio. She was also the University's Designer in Residence from 2011, before taking on project-based roles in the School of Art, Architecture and Design mostly where she mostly worked on exhibitions, events and curation. After almost 15 years of immersion into 3D design disciplines, Vanja’s love for makers and designers expanded into this gallery. 

A press statement for the gallery explained: “Our primary objective is to celebrate and promote amazing artists, designers and makers and to select objects that add a joyful component to everyday experience,  sometimes provoke, surprise and mostly comfort our uncertain existence.

“Placing emphasis on a mixed selection of pieces featuring various methods of making and materials that are rooted in traditional crafts combined with very contemporary modes of production

“We are interested in artists and designers who use playful concepts and slightly obscure ways of looking at reality to interpret their surroundings into jewellery, furniture and objects. 

“The year is 2020 and it is not what we expected, but we can try our hardest to make it as bearable as possible.”

House on Mars is based at Sunbury Workshops, UNIT 30, London and is now open by appointment only. They plan to hold a Christmas pop-up from 10-13 December if no further COVID restriction measures are announced. 


Artists outside a studio