Madeleine

30th April 2013

Yesterday I was at Central St Martins for a pivitol crit for the graduating students. Having come back down to earth after showing their work during Milan design week as part of Tom Dixons MOST, it is now time for self critique and the final push to their show which is on June the 18-23rd June. The shows are being split into two parts this year and Textile futures is showing as part 2.

What is very exciting is that there are some amazing projects that are being developed this year. One particular project that has evolved in a truly beautiful manner is Scent-ography: A post-visual past time from Amy Radcliffe.

Amy's project has been widely blogged about since it was shown in Milan, but it does not seem to have been given the narrative and the explanation it deserves.

Questioning 'How can we archive personal memories through captured scent?' Amy is drawing parallels to the way that we consumed our memories through photography in a pre digital era drawing comparisons with lomography and 35mm film. Photographs were precious and faded with time.

Utilising the headspace technology to capture 'scents' Amy's project explores the poetic narrative of the time it takes to capture the scent and considers how in the future we will 're-experience the moment' through the emotions that a scent captures.

Her device is beautifully crafted using ceramics, leather and blown glass - all skills that she has acquired during the project to enable her to develop a sensitively designed analogue system that would allow us to capture scents - one that could in turn profoundly change the way we experience scents in our daily life engaging with our memories in an entirely new way.

Titled 'Madeleine' Amy makes reference to Proust and his works 'In search of lost time' where he explores the experience of 'Involuntary Memory' - one that Amy believes her device will elicit.







Rock

22nd April 2013

I am obsessed with everything relating to earth, the rocks and our planet at the moment so I was delighted when I saw Rock on top of another rock at the Serpentine till March next year.

The sheer simplicity of the rocks and their scale is breathtaking and satisfies my geologic desire at the moment.








Design Anima

15th April 2013

The other material of choice during Milan was glass. It was in abundance and especially exploring colour and texture. One designer who particularly stuck out was Ammy Olofsson who explores the notion of the intangible with the tangible through her designs.

Looking to the idea of mirages and rainbows - from a scientific perspective we know they are real, but at the same time they are not real in a tangible sense.

Ammy tries to explore this same feeling with form, colour and luminosity with her blown glass pieces.

Acting as an alchemist she plays with space, mirror, light and form and the resulting glass pieces are beautiful yet intangible at the same time.







Marblelous Milan

14th April 2013

The jury is still out as to whether Milan was a great, or not so great year - I feel a bit disappointed overall but amongst some really bad design - Zona Tortona being particularly poor - there were some fantastic finds.

One of the key materials that stuck out during the show was the abundance of marble and stone.

What was particularly beautiful about it was the blend between the rawness and beauty of nature that the material offers, combined with modern day tooling allowing for beautifully refined objects.

The marble bath that was on show as part of the Hybrids Architecture show at the University was particularly incredible as was the installation from Mathieu Lehanneur for the Bathing in Light marble installation at Superstudio

In contrast the combination of the organic exuberance of the glass captured within the refined marble structures at Osmosi by Emmanuel Babled in Lambrate were breathtaking in both scale, colour and proportion.








Disquiet Luxurians

3rd April 2013

With the build up to Milan next week there are a plethora of exciting and some not so exciting projects that are being exposed to tantalise the design industry to visit during their time in Milan.

Tom Dixon's MOST currently offering Robots and Design looks set to fully take over from the lure of Lambrate and one of those designers who will be making waves showing at MOST is Emilie Grenier a graduating student from the Textile Futures Ma at CSM.

Her project is not only pertinent, but it is also beautifully executed. Here is a sneak peek at what she will be showing during Milan at MOST next week.

She explains her project so well I have simply lifted the copy (with permission!) from her site.

'Disquiet Luxurians explores alternative trends for the production and consumption of rare and luxurious objects. This has led to a new definition of the current state of luxury, one which (re)places most emphasis on meaning, craft and provenance.
The resulting collection focuses on the material feldspar - the world's most prevalent mineral which makes up 60% of the Earth's crust. If we define ourselves by what we achieve with the materials that surround us, then let the times of the Disquiet Luxurians be those of more meaningful value'

Image Credits Tristan Thomson

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