Austin Houldsworth at Designersblock London 2009

September 4, 2009

Surviving with Englishness
Austin Houldsworth is exhibiting as part of the group Disruptive Thinking, with his project Surviving with Englishness.

Surviving with Englishness

Global communication subjects us to apocalyptic visions of society on a daily basis, through the media as well as religious writings. While we are fascinated with the possibility our civilization’s breakdown, we often focus our attention on the dramatic and extreme consequences without thinking about the smaller and possibly mundane aspects that make us human and retain our dignity. This project explores how an Englishman/woman can retain a small part of their culture during extreme circumstances, imagining novel ways in which a simple cup of tea can be brewed.


As the designer says:
“I imagine futures and create practical tangible inventions that, when combined, create rich stories which reflect on our messy, beautiful existence. Chemistry, philosophical undertones and imaginary futures are a few of the elements I apply within my work. I create solutions to the problems that often are neglected by industry; the little things in life that make us who we are, that give us a sense of purpose or simply a little comfort.”

Austin Houldsworth

Designersblock London 2009 takes place during the London Design Festival over 5000 square meters of space alongside 100% Design in Earls Court One.

24 – 27 Sep 2009

Opening times:
Thursday 24 September 10.00 – 21.00 Friday 25 September 10.00 – 19.00 Saturday 26 September 10.00 – 18.00
Sunday 27 September 11.00 – 17.00

Register on the Designersblock website.