Wednesday, 16 November 2016

This is currently my favourite chair. That is all. Thank you.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Article 25 / 10x10 2016 / 100 Translated Spaces in Brixton

Geneva Drive. Reclaimed Timber, Garage Door, Screws, House Paint
I am pleased to have been asked to make a piece for Article 25's project 10x10 / 100 Translated Spaces in Brixton. This will be sold at auction (see website for details). The money raised will support Article 25’s healthcare building projects in the developing world.
 After visiting the allotted site in Brixton, my response pulls together some personal interests found in Geneva Drive and is made with locally sourced materials. The double yellow lines that flow through the streets of the estate are reflected on the double panelled work representing the feeling of unease that I have when I return to my former home, London.
Further details about this year's auction and its participants can be found via the Article 25 website.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Design Dealer Urban Myths

Not by Charlotte Perriand (once available in MFI UK)
For many years now, design dealers and Ebay sellers have listed whatever they have for sale with designers' names attached to help sell the item. In some cases, the item for sale may well be a poor period copy of the named designer, in other cases, such as 'Eames Era' the attachment of an incredibly important designer's name has been dumbed down over time to flog any old retro tat.
This annoys me but what really gets to me is when a dealer attributes a designer's name to an object as they have no idea who really made the item but the dealer thinks that a name will help to sell the item; sometimes they even do it knowingly and corruptly. These are know as 'Design Dealer Urban Myths'.
The more that these myths are thrown around the more mud sticks; sometimes these myths even make their way into major but lazy auction houses. These auction houses publish the myths and dealers use this as a reference point to add weight to the lies and the wheel keeps spinning. Keep telling people long enough and generations start to believe it.
Here are a few of my favourite current Design Dealer Myths.
Please feel free to contact me with any evidence that any of these myths are real. Google isn't proof.
Not by Osvaldo Borsani (really by Ikea)
Not by Robin Day
Not by Charlotte Perriand 

Friday, 21 October 2016

Out Fly-tip Picking (Pic: Adam Carr) 
So, As it turns out, I can't leave rubbish alone.
Hence, I have agreed to be a part of the 'Money For Nothing' family again for Series 3. I've filmed 4 new episodes and start filming 4 more in the coming weeks. Why? because it's fun. Back on the BBC soon.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Thursday, 3 March 2016

I'm not sure if I ever posted about this or not, just before moving from London to Margate a friend of mine, Martino asked me to be in his fantastic exhibition. I may be bias, but as it was one of my favourite shows of recent years I'm happy to remember it.
Martino Gamper: design is a state of mind brought together a group of Martino's friends & colleagues, old and new. Asked to submit items from a personal collection, items that inspire and drive them. Displayed on a menagerie of classic shelving systems; every one a design classic or from Martino's own collection, old and new.
I loaned pieces from my workshop/studio, which was rather hard as most of my possessions were already boxed up ready for my move from the city. The 11 items above were intended to be representative of my interests and thoughts at the time. The exhibition was very successful and toured around Europe, well over a year later a box was returned to me. For sometime I didn't want to open the box and some of the items still remain unpacked today. I think this is in an ongoing effort to avoid becoming a hoarder by trying to detach myself from material goods. I would like to be able to learn from objects, handle them, work out how things are made but without the need to keep them for ever, I want to be able to learn without having to own. Most of my collections are picked up because other people don't want them anymore, in skips, car boots, on the street, I collect mostly unwanted worthless junk, sometimes items become valuable, others waste away. Sometimes I assemble collections and pass them on to others as if my work is done. The goal has always been to collect with purpose, this is why I make a point of regularly rotating collections and keeping my habits in check. But I want to make sure that at the end of my time on this earth, my life of collecting isn't left behind on the floor at the end of a flea market, I would rather not own anything now. Perhaps I enjoyed this exhibition so much because I could see into the minds of many of my respected peers, learning from these objects, habits and how these item's relate to artist's and designer's practices without having to own all these things myself, passing through the mind can sometimes be better than passing through the hands. Is collecting a disease?
above: unknown origin object of mine in the show, photo by Ally Capellino
1. Oak tree effect ridged foam cooler bought in Belgium as a child
2. Render fragment with mosaic tiles, shopfront in New Cross
3. African handmade figure found in a shed
4. Marble object with phoney story from a car boot sale
5. Concrete/Paint fragment saved from the demolition of CSM graphic design, Long Acre
6. Marble container, pre waterjet
7. Clock, powder coated pressed steel and clock movement, Romford car boot
8. Unknown wooden object from house clearance, Brick Lane
9. Metal framed cube, shop closure, Deptford
10. Unknown perspex/threaded object, Des, Brick Lane
11. Deed box of 1920s cast aluminium workshop salesman's planning samples