Bodging Milano with Chris Eckersley
In March 2010 nine designers spent 6 days away from their studios, screens and electricity to go back to the furniture following in the footsteps of the original country chairmakers. Working with pole lathes, steam benders and hand tools in Gudrun Leitz’s out door work shop in Clissett Wood nine unique pieces of furniture were crafted from the greenwood. The chairs were taken straight to Milan and extibited with Designersblock at the Salone Del Mobile. For many it was the high point of the festival. Since then Bodging Milano has grown to include factory bodges a second forest bodge exhibited at Designersblock 2012, a performance and commissions for the V&A, lectures at the Craft Council and projects with Ercol and Lloyd loom.
The Wall of Great China
The Wall of Great China is our ongoing celebration of locality, craftsmanship, and British manufacturing. Many of the designers we work with have developed relationships with ceramics manufacturers based in the Potteries in and around Stoke on Trent. The Wall of Great China was launched at Interiors UK 2011.
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, we wondered if there were possibilities that went beyond these options and came up with the idea of getting a kiln on site.
We asked glass artist Matthew Durran what he the thought. After a period of research Matthew and his collaborators James Carcass and Jon Lewis 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 performed live glass blowing and casting throughout the show. We also curated and produced the first exhibition of recycled glass during the London Design Festival.
The Auction Room
The Auction Room was an exhibition curated by Mariana Pestana helped and hosted by us for The London Design Festival.
The exhibition was the auction room. The auction room was the exhibition. All its elements, from the chairs to the hammer, made by exciting designers were up for auction. Visitors placed bids on their favourite pieces and on the last day the bartering took place.
The exhibition displayed bespoke objects especially commissioned to reflect upon the theme of ‘fake’ and arranged as to form an immersive experience that evoked the scenario of an auction.
The exhibition encouraged the viewer to ‘decode’ the display narrative: playing on reality and fiction, The Auction Room questioned the format of exhibitions and the role that they play in the contemporary context of design.
It all culminated in an exciting night where the auction happened and the audience took home amazing design pieces without spending a penny*.
* offers might be a collection of vintage vinyl, design services, other design pieces, a weeks holiday in Greece, anything except money.