SOAS University of London

Leon Ghalichian

Leon Ghalichian

Born 1965, Tehran
Died 2004, London
Designer, Sculptor, Painter

Selected Exhibitions and Design Fairs

2001 Eclectica, Milan
2000 Contemporary Applied Arts – Sotheby's, London
1999 Pitti Immagine, Florence
1997 B.I.D.E - British Interior Designers Exhibition, London


Leon Ghalichian was born in Tehran in 1965 and moved to London with his family in 1979. Interested in the arts from an early age, he studied fashion textiles and design at Brighton School of Art and began his professional life in fashion fabric design in Rome. From 1995 he started to work with cast bronze, designing unique sculptural pieces. His one-off and limited edition bronze lighting, furniture, and decorative pieces sold internationally to interior designers and private collectors throughout the world. Leon's work and studio have been featured in The World of Interiors and other magazines in Italy, Japan and elsewhere.

1993 saw the launch of his first collection of glass and copper lights, sold at Liberty's (London), Eclectica (Milan), and Galleria Contemporanea (Rome) as well as through private showrooms. In his design work, he collaborated with Riccardo Polveroni, who continues along the path set out by Leon. Sadly, Leon passed away in 2004 at the peak of his creativity.

Organised by the Armenian Institute with Veronica Castro and Dr. Abdollah Guivian, the exhibit will be the highlight of a two-month long series of events, lectures and workshops primarily on Iranian Armenians in Iran and the U.K.

This exhibition has been possible through the generous support of: The Benlian Trust & The St. Sarkis Trust