Visiting exhibitions has lead me towards designers that channel the same values and ideas in their work as my own. It has revealed to me some values and intentions that I had not fully recognised in my work before. This led me to compile my own list of principles that I can refer back to.
My Manifesto and the designers that inspired each point.
I want my products to be stylish yet functional – (Pierre Renart, Andrea de Chirico)
It is important that my products are sleek yet minimalistic, as I enjoy simple and effective designs – (Ashrad Hanna, Sori Yanagi)
I want to bring cultures togeather, slowly closing the gaps between Western and Asian society, creating a strong connection between the two. This will encourage a flow of cultural knowledge. – (Sori Yanagi)
I want the production of my pieces to be easy, perfect for the mass market. I don’t want them to be one off pieces of art – (Oliver Van Herpt)
I am aware that it is important to be mindful of a product’s carbon footprint and sustainability. In this new world, it is necessary that products have a positive impact on our environment- (Andrea de Chirico)
By visiting these exhibitions it has really highlighted to me that I have a strong set of values that appear repetitively throughout my work, and only by looking at other designers values have I realised that I have my very own set that I feel strongly about.
By creating my own manifesto to look back on it allows me to be more conclusive and effective with my designing.
Other artists that have inspired my manifesto and work.
The Design Museum
The residence programme is a core part of the museum, providing emerging designers with a space away from their regular environment to reflect, research and develop their practice. This year the designers were asked to respond to the word OPEN;
Someone who particularly interested me was Andrea de Chirico, he is part of SUPERLOCAL They describe themselves as a 0 miles production group that source materials from their direct environment.
“We are a group of designers who believe that the future of production will be characterized by making things locally.”
His work jumped out at me as it is open source; meaning that the production instructions for his pieces are available to anyone. Giving people the tools to make their very own O mile objects.
I like how his work is tackling the world’s extravagant methods of production, addressing the social and environmental viability of it, producing functional local products.
Much like my own work Andrea de Chirico is very aware of making sure his pieces are functional yet stylish. His work has inspired me to continue to not only focus on functionality but to also look at the carbon footprint of my products. It is important that my pieces are sustainable and contribute positively to the environment.
Dutch Design Week is the biggest design event in Northern Europe, exhibiting work from over 2500 designers, and attracting 295,000 visitors.
The exhibition displays designs of the future, encouraging experimentation and innovation. Exceptional attention each year goes to work and development of young talent.
A designer that particularly sparked my interest was Oliver Van Herpt. He has designed a desktop ceramic 3D printer that makes something of function on a human scale.
Herpt aimed to create something that solves the problem of both scale and function. He has built a delta-style 3D printer that extrudes dry clay, that allows him to make vases 80cm tall and 42cm wide.
His pieces are inspired by woven patterns influenced by vibrations emitting from a speaker creating unique pieces. His collections are made of the thinnest 3D printed ceramic layers, allowing for vast amounts of texture and variety in his work.
Herpt particularly inspires me as he takes his production to the next level. He doesn’t just focus on his designs but how they can produce effectively. Allowing for replicas to be made but also pieces that have slight differences.
Herpt has taught me that the production and functionality of production is just as important as the design. Pushing me to focus on both aspects when producing a product.
Manchester Art Gallery.
The show provided a summary of the past fifty years of Japanese design through ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, lighting and metalwork.
A piece of work that particularly interested me within the exhibition was Sori Yanagi’s butterfly stool, a carefully crafted piece of furniture made out of two identical pieces of curved wood, brought together at the axis with a brass rod. I like how simplistic the stool looks, minimalistic in style perfectly describing Japanese design.
When designing the stool Yanagi was accompanying Charlotte Perriand a french designer, whilst she traveled Japan. It is thought she influenced him with his seating furniture, which and the time didn’t commonly exist in Japanese culture, as people where using tatami mats.
Yanagi managed to seamlessly combine the two cultures together with one piece of furniture.
The exhibition has inspired me to study Japanese design further, as it is minimalistic yet still stylish and diverse. I also enjoy how Yanagi has combined two very diverse and different cultures together, which is a concept that runs through my designs as well.
At the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, visitors could buy or commission work directly from over 150 makers. Making it a great place for artists and designers to create contacts and connections with other like-minded people.
A maker that caught my eye was Ashraf Hanna. He has created large vase like vessels which combine circular and straight shapes, to create a clever, and smooth motion within her forms. He says he enjoys the juxtaposition of sharp lines and softer curves. To achieve this accuracy and contrast between lines his pieces are slip cast giving them a smooth and clean finish.
I like how different all his pieces are, they come in sets of different shapes creating a diverse range but when they come together they have the joint similarity of soft and sharp lines.
Hanna inspires me as his work is both unique and stylish whilst still being minimalistic, which is what I aim to achieve in my own practice.
Other work featured at the fair,
Saatchi Gallery – The International Art Fair for Contemporary Object-
The Exhibition was an assembly of a large variety of curators and groups from all over the world, showcasing their best work.
A group of craftsmen that particularly interested me were Maison Parisenne. The company believes that the combination of culture, tradition, knowledge, and expertise is the key to combining manual skills and art.
A piece that particularly interested me within their collection was a large floating wooden shelf, that has been bent at one end to come around and create a full loop underneath the shelf. This allowed the piece to not just be a functional shelf, but also a piece of art.
The piece was designed and made by Pierre Renart, much like myself Renart finds importance in the style of a product without forgetting about the functionality.
Other work featured at the fair
I like how there was a large variety of disciplines within the exhibition. All the designer had different and unique approaches to their chosen material, which created a wonderful collection of inspiring work.