16th July 2014
With the rise of digital technology, shifting work practices and multiple living spaces we are able to live and work seamlessly between work and home, inside and out. As we move from one place to another we are no longer fixed, yet the things that we surround ourselves with are.
Exploring this hybrid space between our personal fluidity and the static world of our furniture and interior objects, Denise Gong's Outfit Housefit is a series of textile furniture pieces that sit in the hybrid space between clothes and furniture - objects that can adapt to our surroundings in our increasingly dynamic lifestyle.
Considering the idea that if our room becomes the body and our furniture becomes our clothing, Gong questions the new aesthetics that would emerge.
Doing away with conventional clothing design, rather than considering season, occasion and functionality, Gong plays with scale, materials, function and changing use keeping in mind what clothing for non humans would look like and poses questions as to whether a space wears its furniture in the same way that humans wear their clothes.
15th July 2014
With depleting resources we are seeing more and more designers experimenting with unexpected and unusual materials, but it is still surprising but very interesting to see designers working with asphalt and tarmac.
I recently posted about rca graduate Ornella Stocco's fantastic project titled 'Asphalt Recipes' - a series of furniture pieces made from tarmac and now Quintus Kropholler has designed a series of homeware objects similarly using asphalt.
Titled 'Black Gold', he has mixed tarmac - a black sticky liquid material we associate with roads - with broken rock pieces to create asphalt concrete.
Making a comment on sustainability and issues surrounding depleting petroleum resources, his pieces are designed to live out the lifespan oil industry and exist as living fossils of a time past.
7th July 2014
The issues surrounding plastic bag pollution is a key topic of discussion and one that Waël Seaiby a Lebanese designer recently graduated from Edinburgh University is very aware of, so much so that he dedicated his graduation project to finding new ways of using the waste to create beautiful and desirable objects.
Titled PLAG, his project takes advantage the component of plastic bags - a free resource of HDPE and through a unique up-cycling process he turns the bags into beautiful objects.
His project aims to challenge preconceptions around up cycled and recycled products by creating objects that appear beautifully crafted and akin to glass or ceramic.
2nd July 2014
Continuing the theme of haptic immersion from my last post, materials led textile designer Lucy Simpson who's work I saw at New Designers last week is a riot of texture, colour and materiality.
Similarly Lucy is spurred on by the omnipresence of technology and the resulting lack of tactility has pushed her to experiment with unexpected materials and techniques in her textile explorations.
A printed textiles designer she is exploring the relationship between hand made and digitally enhanced and her work explodes with a riot of tactility and colour.
30th June 2014
With her project 'Haptic Immersion', recent textiles graduate from Chelsea, Abby Bucknall questions our perception of materiality in a increasingly digital age.
As a materials designer Abby, like many other designers, believes we are starved of tactile immersion and as such wants to engage people with their senses in a physical domain.
Fusing materials such as carpet, foam and perspex her materials palette is further enhanced with screen printed surfaces that offer a playful and tactile experience and challenge notions of depth, tactility and preconception.
Abby's use of graphical forms, unexpected still life and colour bring a very modern and engaging experience to future textiles.