Blanks in Between

23rd September 2013

By far my most favourite exhibit during LDF was the Blanks in Between from a collective of ex RCA graduates - a collection of friends, colleagues and just some of my favourite London designers it was a pleasure to see their work coming together as part of the workshop for Potential design.

Exploring the space between a material and a product and the potential for an object to be something whilst at the same time being nothing, the Blanks in Between opens dialogue for the hidden side of material culture and poses questions about what something can be.

Kieren Jones suggested a future whereby architectural structures could be cast from erupting Volcanoes exploring the future of manufacturing and the hidden potential of the earths resources.

Study O Portable played with contradictory materials such as wax and bronze and marble and pulpwood for their Hammer Shapes. A reflection on the earliest distinction between a rock and a hammer they pose questions about materials and objects questioning when a material becomes an object and vice a versa.

Not only looking beautiful, but also filling the empty space with the smell of Chinese 5 spice, Keith Harrison's Wreath _ Hide something, Change something, fill the gap exhibit consisted of light bulbs coated with Chinese 5 spice and porcelain slip. When turned on the lights gave off a warm smell reminiscent of the exhibits location which was the first Chinese Take away restaurant in the UK.





Sink Holes

19th September 2013

I love the work of Liliana Ovalle and am always delighted to see what unique materials and colours she comes up with so was delighted to receive her invite to her latest project 'Sink Holes' as part of the Grandmateria III at Gallery Libby Sellers during London Design Festival.

Today I got to see the exhibition where Ovalle's work is nestled amongst Lex Pott and the prolific Peter Marigold who's work was scattered around many locations of design week.

Textural, dark and questioning the 'Sink Holes' explore extinction and indigenous heritage.

Always exploring the missing or the incomplete in her work her 'Sink Holes' project goes back to her roots of Mexico where she collaborated with Colectivo 1050 in order to learn from their ancestral ceramic techniques. Each of the vessels are a representation of the geological phenomena of sinkholes which highlights the control that nature has over us.





Sand and Clay - new crafts

19th September 2013

Sand and clay seem to be in the air, clay blocks at Tent representing the most environmentally sound material to build with when you compare carbon emissions and 'Dug and Stuff' Peter Marigolds project - old but still so truly relevant and to top it all off the fantastic collection of objects from Max Lamb and Philippe Malouin at Paper Tiger on Exhibition road, titled Sand and Clay

Presenting fine bone china developments from the designers, each has been designed and crafted using very different processes and techniques.

Malouin has created a 3D printer using sand removing man and technology from the process whilst Lamb sticks to his path of exploring the true materiality in his making with his bone china that is cast from moulds that he has carved himself.

Both out comes are extremely beautiful and explore the continuing relationship with craft in and materiality.






Snow Vases

16th September 2013

Exploring materials, form and process, Maxim Velčovský's snow vases are on show at Mint as part of their Cabinets of Curiosity exhibition - one of the not to be missed locations during London Design Festival.

Describing the technique as "lost-snow casting" and created over three winters from 2010-2012 using different snow from different locations, each vase is made from moulding snow into which plaster was then poured.

As the plaster hardened and gave off heat, its warmth melted the snow resulting in unique shapes and textures.





Impasto

15th September 2013

Materiologists have been changing the face of design for a while now experimenting with new unique materials spurred on by the cost of raw materials or a sustainable desire and the latest of this kind of work from Nikolaj Steenfatt is in itself not new, but I still find it beautiful and intriguing.

Showing at London Design Festival his project called Impasto (after the painting technique of layering thick layers of paint) is a biodegradable material comprised of wood chippings, sawdust and animal glues.

Mixed with coloured pigments his dough like material is rolled into flat sheets and is then vacuum formed to create chairs and pendant lights.

What is particularly interesting about this project is that it combines industrial production processes such as vacuum forming, but the material itself means that each one looks unique.


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