Liquid Projects Call Out

July 17, 2007

Liquid Projects
At Designersblock 2007

Liquid Projects is a design led initiative that seeks to provide innovative and inspiring solutions to the problems of recycling. In September 2007, during the London Design Festival, Liquid Projects will present their first live interactive exhibition at the 10th Anniversary London Designersblock.


What happens to empty bottles? After a Designersblock event there are typically around 5000 empty beer and spirit bottles lying around. It’s harder than you may think to dispose of these constructively. Rather than them ending up in land fill, or on a barge to Holland to be crushed up for use in road building, Designersblock wondered if there were possibilities that went beyond these options and came up with the idea of getting a kiln on site.

Designersblock asked glass artist Matthew Durran what he the thought. After a period of research Matthew and his collaborators James Carcass and Jon Lewis have developed and produced a customised kiln that can melt recycled glass at low energy to allow for the creation of new objects. Then, with the help of invited glass artists and designers, Liquid Projects will perform live glass blowing and casting throughout Designersblock.

The glass objects created will include a variety of musical instruments made for the purpose of the Designersblock Family Day on Sunday the 23rd of September, where free entrance is extended to all adults accompanied by children. Directed and overseen by professional musicians, The Family Day will include a musical performance by a glass orchestra, workshops for children and a sale of the glass objects made throughout the week. All proceeds from the auction will be allocated to the Liquid Project bursary.
Liquid Projects is provocative, it creates an environment in which the debate around recycling can be enlivened and developed. It delivers something inclusive, tangible and worth discussing. It promises to be educational, interactive and inspirational.


Designersblock and Liquid Projects are seeking individuals or companies interested in exhibiting in this inaugural event, which is being staged at Designersblock’s 10th anniversary London event from the 19th to 23rd September 2007. We are looking for products/designs/art based work which uses recycled glass as its main component. If selected we would like you to have an involvement with this event, which would include invigilating, giving a lecture/demonstration or being involved in a glass activity on the premises during the exhibition. We also ask that people donate a piece for the auction, if appropriate.

Applications must include a written description and one image (compressed) and contact details.
Please note that there is no fee for this application

All participants will benefit from involvement in a new project that communicates the relevant but somewhat dry recycling subject in a deeply poetic way. The 2006 London event attracted 8000 visitors and this year’s show is likely to see an increase in attendance.

Further information


Since 1998 Designersblock have developed a reputation for staging the most exciting, innovative and memorable design events in the world. Their reputation is based on consistently delivering exhibitions that showcase progressive design and new ideas. Designersblock create environments that are as relevant as they are enjoyable to their audience of architects and design professionals, journalists, retailers and manufacturers, cultural and educational institutions, opinion formers, trend forecasters, cool hunters, students and public alike.

Designersblock take pride in actively designing the environments in which they present work. They focus on creating the conditions where productive dialogues between both exhibitors and visitors are possible. Designersblock work with context to promote the values of place, exchange and longevity.

Designersblock have curated 34 events in 10 countries involving over 600 companies and individuals from 30 nations. London, Tokyo, Milan, Frankfurt, Seoul, Barcelona, Cologne, Gwangju, Istanbul, New York, Stockholm, Glasgow.

Designersblock 10th anniversary London event is a time for celebration, it will consist of presentations from between forty and sixty UK and international designers and design companies. Last years show included furniture, lighting, design product, fashion, graphics, interactive art, cinema, live performance and music.

The Glass Artists

Matthew Durran, James Carcass and Jon Lewis have nearly 60 years of combined experience in working on all areas of glass production, from studio blown work to industrial production. They have provided the impetus for New London Glass, communicating with relevant audiences, worked Internationally in factories and studios, have won numerous awards and have work displayed in galleries and public spaces across the world.

For all enquiries, please contact Rory Dodd and Matthew Durran
t. +44 (0) 20 7613 0134 t. +44 (0) 20 8558 4734
m. +44 (0) 7940 925 421 m.+44 (0) 7939 242 312

Please note, all emails must be cc to both e mail address’s