Daisy Laing

Art Gallery & Vintage Studio

About us.

Founded by Kate Jones, 'Daisy Laing Gallery' has had a presence on Chapel Street, Penzance, for eight years. For seven years home has been the characterful and historic Kitt's Corner, but we have now moved to exciting new premises in Bakehouse Lane, where we have put together a dynamic and constantly changing art space, inspired by a love of contemporary art and a passion for stylish and distinctive mid-twentieth century furniture and homewares. As Kate says, "as a graduate in Art History I have had a long held interest in contemporary art, and Daisy Laing represents an opportunity to put work which is bold, accessible and sustainable centre stage.

'Daisy Laing' began life as a vintage and mid-century furniture store, first online and then as a small unit in Penzance's Chapel Street. Antiques Arcade, and it was always an intention to create a space which combined classic modern furniture design with exciting contemporary art.

I spent several years living in New York and this was where my love of mid-century modern furniture and vintage homewares really blossomed. I enjoyed searching the thrift and vintage stores of the Lower East Side, as well as the yard sales of Upstate New York. I was also excited by the way retail and creative arts spaces could be combined and it was this boldness and independent spirit that inspired me to set up 'Daisy Laing' in Penzance.

Before founding 'Daisy Laing', I worked as a TV producer for many years and always enjoyed collaborating with other creatives, supporting and facilitating them to tell their story and have their say and this informs the way I work with artists who show in the gallery. I hope that 'Daisy Laing' is much more than just a white wall space or just another commercial Cornish Gallery. I like to think of it as a creative home for many of our returning artists.

I'm determined to exhibit art and furniture that is bold, accessible, affordable and reflects the issues of the day, such as sustainability and unnecessary consumerism. Dealing in mid-twentieth century furniture I've come to really appreciate the relationship between form and function that exists in this particular aesthetic and I have wanted to stock furniture that was beautiful and well made, yet simple comfortable and affordable. It's also wonderful to be able to give pieces of furniture a new life. We live in an increasingly disposable age, so it gives me great joy to see items finding new homes.

Living in Cornwall, close to the sea and with the natural world on our doorstep, it's not hard to be aware of the negative effects of over-consumption on our environment, so I want Daisy Laing to continue to be somewhere that has a positive impact. Cornwall, and Penwith in particular, is certainly creatively stimulating, and for the artists we work with it's my hope that Daisy Laing creates a space in which they can explore ideas and show work that might not be available elsewhere."

"Daisy Laing is a creative and stylish hub in the heart of Penzance's Chapel Street."

Art Gallery

At Daisy Laing we are pleased to be able to curate an exciting series of exhibitions by emerging and more established artists. We seek out work that is challenging and innovative and which might not be seen in more established galleries. We work with a range of local and internationally recognised artists and over the past few years we have been proud to show work by Tim Ridley, Mark J Nicholls, Tamzin Drew, Kleiner Shames, Winnie Lyn, Andrew Swan, Yolanta Gawlik, Tony Shiels, Claire Benson, Toby O'Brien, Natalia Hamon, Theo Carter-Weber and Dooomed to name just a few.

Vintage Furniture Studio

We are specialists in Mid-Century Modern and vintage furniture. We stock an ever-changing range of quality period finds with an emphasis on Scandinavian, British and American twentieth century furniture. Makers and designers we specialise in include G Plan, Ercol, Eames, Herman Miller, Hans Olsen, Anre Jacobsen, Finn Juhl and Hans Wegner.