Design Undefined #2
Following the success of our Design Undefined exhibition at this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, we’re back with a second edition for LDF 2016 as we celebrate designers and products that challenge conventional thinking, explore an intriguing new territory and straddle multiple disciplines.
Positioned in the heart of Clerkenwell Design Quarter, Design Undefined is set to prove to be one of the most fascinating shows of the festival. From 17–25 September, each of Clerkenwell London’s areas will be given over to a distinct exhibition zone, not only showcasing exciting new products but also exploring the way we think about design in practice. Each designer or collective has been selected for their creativity and innovation, as well as the positive impact their work has on the world.
Alongside the exhibitions, Clerkenwell London will be running a programme of talks, workshops and events, featuring participating designers and some very special guests, and 155 Bar & Kitchen will be on hand to provide a bespoke selection of food, wine and cocktails throughout the festival.
A lover of stories and a hater of waste, designer Yinka Ilori upcycles vintage furniture, creating bold, playful chairs inspired by the colours and patterns of African textiles and tales from Nigerian parables.
He is taking over Clerkenwell London’s basement gallery with an immersive installation designed to bring visitors into his colourful world at the frontiers of art and design, contemporary aesthetics and ancient oral tradition. A continuation of his recent collection ‘Do Good Because of Tomorrow’, commissioned by Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Yinka’s installation comprises six chairs created from found materials. Each represents a distinct faith-based narrative inspired by Yinka’s childhood memories of Sunday churchgoers. This idea of objects expressing positive energy as a result of previous users imbuing them with the power of prayer and communion is reflected in the installation’s inclusion of everyday public objects that connote protection, faith, love and unity.
Architecture collective Assemble will use Clerkenwell London’s ground-floor Platform and windows to share insights into their ongoing work on the community restoration of Liverpool’s derelict Granby Street neighbourhood, which won them the Turner Prize last year. The team will exhibit pieces from the Granby Workshop, the offshoot of the redevelopment project whereby home and interior products are hand-made using experimental making processes that incorporate chance and improvisation.
Products include mantelpieces, bookends, planters, lamps and tabletops made from cast demolition waste (aka ‘Granby Rock’), sawdust-smoked ceramic light pulls and doorknobs, and a series of unique collage tiles created by through the application of ceramic decal paper. Profits from Granby Workshop are fed back into the restoration project, allowing Assemble and the Granby community to continue improving the long-abandoned area. Film footage from the Granby restoration will be shown downstairs in the Wine Keep.
London-based product and industrial designer Samuel Wilkinson (the man behind the Ommatidium in Shoreditch, the Mòltair watch for Nomad and the award-winning Plumen 001 lightbulb) is creating a bespoke installation in the ground-floor Keep to debut his new Brace chair. Crafted from steam-bent ash wood with 12 bends in its structure, Brace is named in tribute to the ‘arch brace’ supports used in traditional steam-bent designs. Offcuts from the process will be used to create the surrounding structure, turning it into a cocoon of suspended wooden pieces, with the chair itself displayed on a mirrored floor. Wilkinson is also launching the Line collection for Nomad watches; a new iteration of the cast stainless steel Mòltair model, with numerical markings on the dial, slimline hour and minute hands and a precision-orientated, clutter-free face.
Graphic artist and queen of colour Camille Walala is transforming Clerkenwell London’s beautifully retro Vinyl Lounge and Martini Bar into an outpost of Walalaland, using paint and vinyl to spread her distinctive geometric, colour-packed patterns over the floor, walls, ceiling and furniture. The transformed Vinyl Lounge will be an astonishingly bright, welcoming hangout space in which to relax during Design Undefined.
“My work will be presented as an immersive environment; I want the viewer to be completely absorbed by the room and to take full advantage of the opportunity to go wild, as I often feel that I have to be a little more reserved when I have commissions.” – Camille Walala.
Adam Blencowe and Marine Duroselle
Merging digital technology and the craft practice of felting, Adam Blencowe’s Fuzzy Logic uses CNC technology and a hacked jigsaw to create textiles with hitherto impossible colour blends and gradations. Working with fellow RCA graduate Marine Duroselle, a graphic designer and colour specialist, Blencowe has created a collection of felted rugs and interior textiles that explore multiple colours and textures. For Design Undefined, the pair are set to take over the gold-floored Fashion Room (see image overleaf) to showcase their products, display the machine and demonstrate the making process. Visitors will see a colourful spectrum of wool fibres being bonded to textiles through needle-punching. The marks created by this process make rich textural surface patterns and reveal the contrast between different fibres.
Join us on 19 September at Design Undefined #2 LDF2016 Welcome Party with Cointreau – Enjoy music and Cointreau Fizz cocktails as we champion designers and products that challenge conventional thinking. Limited tickets available.
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