A new exhibition of 10 specially commissioned artworks from young British artist Quentin Jones is set to go on display at Smythson on Sloane Street, coinciding with the seasonal launch of the iconic Panama collection and diaries.
Inspired by the iconic Panama diary, each of Jones’ mixed-media pieces will focus on an individual high profile figure, from past or present, exploring their relationship with their Panama diary or book. The list of subjects includes Sigmund Freud and Katharine Hepburn, through to contemporary influencers such as Bryan Ferry, Kylie Minogue and Dita Von Teese.
The Panama diary and notebooks are equally iconic. In 1908, inspired by the durability and pliability of the traditional Panama hat, Frank Smythson designed the world’s first portable diary, incorporating the fundamental principles behind the hat. The diary – originally named the ‘Featherweight’ – was bendable, foldable and its hardwearing binding allowed it to be generally roughed up, without becoming marked or bent out of shape – making it a favourite with travellers. It was the first to contain Smythson’s now-signature, watermarked Featherweight blue paper, which is incredibly lightweight yet strong enough to hold the ink of a fountain pen without bleeding through. It was always affectionately referred to as the ‘Panama hat of books’.
Quentin Jones’s works are at Smythson Sloane Street from Monday August 11. 141 Sloane St, London SW1X 9AY