Wilhelm Finger and Melita Skamnaki, each with over a decade’s experience within the creative industries, founded Double Decker in 2009. They met while pursuing postgraduate studies in Curatorial Practice; soon realising they complemented one another’s skills and thought the same way. A shared interest in the applied arts & design, along with film, photography, fashion, architecture, illustration, animation, product, interaction and graphic design made for an approach to curating that celebrates curiosity, concept and narrative; creating experiences that stimulate all senses to engage and enthrall visitors.
Wilhelm and Melita are personally involved in every project, leading a core team of experienced designers and curators, together with a wide and developing network of experts, artists and designers, specially sourced for each assignment.
Double Decker is a curating agency with offices in vibrant East London.
Double Decker offers a diverse range of tailored services, including curating and design. Working with innovative museums and leading hotel brands, our multidisciplinary team creates meaningful and memorable experiences through a synthesis of conceptual acuity and design excellence.
Armed with a curious and provocative spirit, we curate exhibitions and programmes, collaborating with key institutions, artists and designers worldwide. Our continuing conversation with audience and clients keeps our approach to concept, research, exhibition design, narrative, and interpretation alive and contemporary. Audience engagement is our particular strength.
Double Decker’s curatorial expertise brings a conceptual edge to hotel spaces. More holistic and considered than that of a conventional art buyer, our service delivers unique art collections tailored to each hotel; with a narrative that deepens and reinforces a brand. We enrich every project by getting to know its characteristics and context and assembling a collection that reflects this and resonates with it. Discovering local art scenes before they reach the mainstream, our team adds a fresh perspective to every hotel. We stay close to artists, designers, architects and the act of creation itself.
Our close relationships with the most innovative international artists, designers and fabricators, coupled with a sharp attention to detail, make Double Decker a guarantor of the highest quality in art procurement. We source work across the full spectrum of media (including painting, illustration, photography, prints & graphic art, bespoke artefacts and sculpture), and can manage the whole process from idea & visualisation through commission & fabrication to installation-ready delivery.
At Double Decker we are creatives first and always, wedding a research-based approach to design passion and commitment. We are able to design everything in-house, from bas-reliefs & graphic art to decorative objects and sculpture. Our worldwide network of artists and manufacturers then brings our creations to life, adding a unique signature to the spaces we curate.
We bring a curatorial approach to brand strategies. From powerful and effective visual identities to way-finding systems our vision and expertise make for a more compelling brand consistency.
Wilhelm Finger is a curator and creative consultant. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Communication Design from Central Saint Martin’s and a Master’s Degree in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University in partnership with the Design Museum, London. He has curated publications, exhibitions and programs in internationally acclaimed museums around the globe – Oscar Niemeyer Museum – Brazil, Design Museum, London Science Museum, London Onassis Cultural Centre Athens. He has given lectures in several Art and Design institutions (Design Museum, Kingston University). He has over 20 years experience in the creative industries and has worked as an Art director for leading publications such as Wonderland, Ten Magazine, IQONS Magazine, The Times and Tush Magazine and creating design concepts for Studio UK, working on accounts such as Comme des Garçons, Shiseido and Topshop.
Melita Skamnaki is curator and creative consultant. She holds an MA in Curating Contemporary Design from Kingston University in partnership with the Design Museum, London. She has also studied Art and Design at Camberwell College of Arts, and Creative Advertising at West Thames College, London. She has curated publications as well as exhibitions and programmes in museums like the Oscar Niemeyer Museum – Brazil, Design Museum, London Science Museum, London Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens. She has given lectures in several Art and Design institutions like the Design Museum and Kingston University in London. Before moving to London she worked as a copywriter and creative director at DDB Athens, Upset and Ogilvy Athens, dealing with clients such us Vodafone, Aegean Airlines, Action Aid etc. Her work has been nominated and awarded for several creativity and effectiveness awards.
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