The George chest of drawers was featured in this fantastic exhibition put together by the MAK in vienna. The exhibition handiCRAFT: Traditional skills in the Digital Age focuses on the status of contemporary craft in today’s digital world.
In September of 2015, we were invited by the British Council to kickstart a programme of talks and workshops in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Almaty lies on the South Eastern tip of Kazakhstan, close to the borders of China and Kyrgyzstan. There is an increasing interest in fostering a local design scene in Kazakhstan, however, designers face major challenges, including lack of industry infrastructure and access to suppliers and producers to enable them to make and sell products. It was a fantastic trip, an insight into a new land and it’s people, culture and traditions.
Manufacturing a product in the same location as the materials are grown, using only man power, horse power, and a drop or two of diesel
Questioning whether a product can remove more Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere than released in its construction; through assessing the Carbon emissions of equipment, lifestyle and transport
Promoting the notion of locality and sustainable production through exhibitions and distribution
Carved green-oak, traditional Shou Sugi Ban charring
The first piece in a new body of work from Gareth Neal is a continuation of his research into digital crafting. Using classical references, he combines previously unexplored processes with over a century old beams of green oak to create ancient, other-worldly artefacts dragged from history into a contemporary world.