The last couple of months have been consumed by sitting around Erno Goldfingers house (pretending I live there) making lots of drawings and brushing up on my modernist knowledge. Here's a sneaky snapshot of what i've been up to! This month will be full of designing and material research so check back for more updates!
Sir John Soane’s Museum has announced the winners of The Digital Soane, a competition organised in collaboration with the Royal College of Art, and with the support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. Designs by RCA Alumni Michael Hurley, Hannah Louise Pittman, Haidée Drew, Molly Perrin, Max Warren, Maria Militsi and design duo Schram & Sandhu were chosen by an expert panel of judges for their imaginative approach to the brief, and innovative reinterpretation of traditional techniques. The digital fragments, 3D printed in various materials, were given to the designer makers who have reinterpreted them into a range of products to be displayed and sold in the Museum’s shop. The pieces vary from a nostril-shaped fragrance dispenser, a collar vase and a light that appears to levitate.
In March 2014, the bust of Sir John Soane, which sits centre stage in the Museum’s Dome Area, was 3D scanned and digitally shattered. The fragmented pieces were then used as the starting point for a new object created by RCA Jewellery & Metal graduates through the programme’s ‘Thinking Digital’ initiative led by tutors Birgit Marie Schmidt and Silvia Weidenbach.
All entrants’ pieces in this competition will be on display in the museum from 4 to 22 November 2014. The winning designs can be purchased from the Soane Museum Shop from 4 November onwards. Haidée has developed two more vases for Sir John Soane's Museum which will be available to buy from 4th November 2014. They are also aptly names 'Brow' Vase and 'Drape' Vase.
Haidée's winning ‘Collar’ Vase dramatically contrasts between the flowing organic replica of the fragment, and the angular facades that attribute its function. The piece has retained the feeling of a fragment or a slice of the bust; this with the combination of the naturalistic white marble material will give the impression that you actually have a piece of Sir John Soane’s bust on your mantelpiece. The vase has been designed to hold one large flower or a small flower arrangement, the lean of the vase assists in the arrangement.
Usually during Openhouse I am armed with my book and can be found rushing around London desperate to see as many of the amazing buildings that normally don't have public access. However this year was pretty special as I was able to take part with my flat at Balfron Tower. It was a really busy weekend and the public were free to explore a lot of the tower as it also coincided with Bow Arts open studios. Balfron Tower, designed by Erno Goldfinger, was designed as a part of a project to rebuild the badly bombed East End parts of London. The building was completed in 1967 and listed as Grade II in 1996, Balfron Tower took part in this event due to its important historical purpose. For the momentous occasion I made a Victorian and brutalist inspired fern case called 'BALFRON BOX' which I showcased during the weekend. I also had most of my products placed in situ around the flat.
BALFRON BOX is a contemporary version of a Victorian Fern Case, inspired by Haidee's home in the listed Brutalist Tower. After the great exhibition of 1851 Fern cases and Terrariums became immensely popular, Ferns and then orchids were displayed in people homes as a show of opulence. BALFRON BOX pays homage to this time and to Erno Goldfinger the architect of the iconic Building in Poplar, which is currently on decant before its refurbishment.
The Box is made from a clear green and frosted green acrylic giving the feel of glass and allowing maximum light to the plants inside. Though it is the designers interpretation of the building the architectural details are remarkably accurate, including the fortress style windows in the service shaft. The box will comfortably take two 10cm diameter plant pots where ferns and orchids or any plant that enjoys a bit of humidity will flourish.
Open House London is a once a year chance to explore hundreds of inspiring buildings in every neighborhood in London for free, organised by Open-City. There are over 800 buildings, neighborhood walks, architects' talks, and much more. It started in 1992 as a small, not-for-profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital's building design and architecture. The intention was to open up London's splendid buildings to the general public who don't otherwise have access. They saw this as a way of helping the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgments on architecture.
FLAT NO37 AT BALFRON TOWER
This presentation box was commissioned after my box factories had been spotted at the V&A Hackney Wick Take back in Swan Wharf. The request was to make a box base on one of the main building designed for the Sweetwater bid on the Olympic. Carillion-igloo and Genesis Housing Association presented it with their bid to the LLCD (London Legacy Development Corporation). The development for this site was to build a new neighborhood consisting of 650 brand new homes, thus creating a vibrant new community on the west of the Park and linking to existing communities in Hackney Wick and Fish Island. The Sweetwater neighborhood would consist of apartments and family homes with private gardens and communal green space alongside the Lee Navigation canal as well as a new primary school, two nurseries, library and health center.
Carillion Igloo Genesis also have plans to build Britain’s first ‘floating village’ at London’s Royal Docks!
Not Another Bill's monthly presents in the post is genius, I love surprises (nudge nudge) and what better that have a hand selected beautifully wrapped present sent to you each month from new artists designers and brands. I first worked with Ned at the beginning of N.A.B and we sent out a mini Tilly mirror to his female subscribers. It went down so well that two years on Ned came to me again but this time we worked on two exclusive designs. A heraldic Crest inspired mirror for the gents and an Art Deco inspired mirror for the ladies, The mirrors went out in N.A.B's March post, but fear not if you missed the chance to subscribe or no one figured out that you like surprises yet, they will be available in their shop. Keep up to date with my latest collaborations here.
BOX FACTORIES A homage to Hackney Wick, these boxes all have their very own story and are based on real buildings in Hackney Wick. Carefully made by hand and with a CNC router from plywood. These treasure chests with secret openings can be used for an array of functions from a jewellery box to hiding your favourite pens!
Inspired by the V&A’s silver galleries, the trays are an interpretation and celebration of the craft that precedes them. The clean lined silhouettes and integral handles give the pieces a strong contemporary look. The designs evoke the feeling of luxury and nostalgia, They have been hand pierced and polished by Haidée in her studio.
So the Olympic dust has settled over Hackney Wick and Fish Island and see's the return of the Hackney WickED Art Festival! This will be the Festivals 6th year of Championing creativity through Exhibitions, Open Studios, Film, Music, Fete for the WickED, Workshops, Artists Talks and Critical Debates.
For the festival I will be throwing the doors open to my studio based in Vittoria Wharf on Fish Island, and exhibiting new work alongside Richard Brown and his 'Affordable Wick' campaign. ‘Box Factories’ is a brand new collection of products that pay homage to the historical Warehouses and Wharfs of Hackney Wick.
SAVE THE DATES:
Friday 16th August 2013 - launching at 6pm, through to 9pm. Saturday 17th August 2013 12-6pm Sunday 18th August 2013 12-6pm
'Handled' Chopping Boards have been inspired by the V&A’s silver galleries. They are an interpretation and celebration of the craft that precedes them. The clean lined silhouettes and integral handles give the pieces a strong contemporary look. The designs evoke the feeling of luxury and nostalgia, and the combination of sustainably manufactured board and digital processes with my chosen materials gave the opportunity to express intricacy whilst still retaining strength.
Bamboo is a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwoods; it is equal in its quality and durability as a chopping board. This bamboo has been specially selected it for its distinctive staves its strength and colour. Available in Five styles and designed to fit together to make a set.
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