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London Design Festival: Gareth Neal x Folk x SCP launch collaboration

Working in collaboration SCP and Folk clothing, we designed a collection of furniture launching as part of the London Design Festival 2018 and Shoreditch Design Triangle. Utilising some of the excess fabric that is a natural part of the production of clothes, the project seeks to explore the possibilities and limitations of cyclic manufacturing, the potential of sharing materials and the need for greater permanence in what we produce. From 15th – 23rd September, elements of the collection in multiple styles and colourways, will be showcased across two locations in the heart of East London. ln, a specially designed space at the Folk Redchurch Street Store and at the SCP Store.

Block 1 at Material: Wood – Art & Design

We were thrilled to be invited to exhibit again in Material: Wood – Art & Design at Messums Wiltshire, this time with Block 1 Colonnade. Since restoring the original timber structure and thatched roof of a 13th-century monastic barn, Messums Wiltshire has become a platform for a wide variety of art forms, from contemporary dance to clay and ceramics. Each year the wooden building becomes the perfect setting to showcase designers and makers pushing the boundaries of this material and craft. The programme is threefold, comprised of the exhibition, festival and hands-on making experiences and is open from  8th August to 9th September.

Are David Pye’s definitions of craft still relevant today?

Gareth’s written piece reappraising David Pye’s definitions 50 years on, is in the May/June Issue of Crafts Magazine. Pye’s seminal texts have been influential to the discipline of Design and Craft, but also the studio’s research into digital craft.  The Studio usually explores Pye’s ideas of ‘certainty’ and ‘risk’ through making. As a Craftsman practising in the digital age, it was exciting to commit our ideas and discoveries to paper, and contribute to the conversation. This Issue of Crafts is also the last with Grant Gibson as Editor of the magazine, a prominent writer, editor and curator, Grant has been very supportive of our work over the years, so it feels particularly special to be in this issue.

HACK CHAIR AND VES-EL AT MASTERPIECE LONDON 2018

We are delighted to announce the completion of Gareths latest work, the Hack Chair,  further pushing and exploring the interface between digital fabrication and traditional craft techniques. Sarah Myerscough Gallery will be exhibiting the Hack Chair, along with our VES-EL collaboration with Zaha Hadid, at the prestigious art fair, Masterpiece London.

The unmissable Masterpiece Art Fair runs from 28th June to the 4th of July.

MAISON & OBJECT

Meet the Orb salt & pepper grinders. We were happy to debut the remainder of our homeware collection, made exclusively for Case Furniture, at Maison & Objet in Paris this January. The Orb set will soon be available at Case Furniture London to accompany our collection including trays, trivets and serving boards.

 

 

DECODING CRAFTMANSHIP

Hosted by Joseph Walsh Studio in Cork, Ireland, this seminar Decoding Craftmanship, was part of a series of events that explores the notion of a making culture. The seminar aims to stimulate thought, to question and to inspire. We were selected to speak in a line up of exciting voices across disciplines in the international design world, such as Architects O’Donnell and Tuomey.

 

MAKING FUTURES: INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE

It was a pleasure to be invited to talk at the fifth edition of the biennial Making Futures Conference. Making Futures is a research platform exploring contemporary craft and maker movements as ‘change agents’ in 21st century society. Spanning a weekend the conference is run by Plymouth College of Art and brings together a diverse community of artists, craftspeople, designer-makers,  maker movement enthusiasts, campaigners and activists, curators and theorists to respond to the biennial topics.

The Making Futures Journal from this conference will be published in easter 2018.