Tag: Reviews/Reports


Work 21.05.10

Cotton Knit, Bronze Wire.
Quotidian Exhibition Text:

My relationship with objects is a fraught one, as around them I am almost always distracted.  Take carpet for instance. We commonly lay this form of cloth at our feet and after a lifetime of daily engagement with this quotidian object, as a designer I now begin to reconsider the role of carpet in my life.

The writer Angeli Sachs argues that in times of societal crisis, design begins to reflect a stronger link with the natural world. Sachs contends that “forms inspired by nature become topical when modern society finds itself in crisis”1 and then suggests “the use of organic forms is intended to bring about harmonization and reconciliation with an external world perceived as inhospitable or hostile.” I am intrigued by the automatic correlation Sachs makes between organic forms and historical crisis points. In contrast to Sachs’ statements however, what I regularly see occurring around me – particularly in response to the current economic and ecological crises – is a tendency towards ‘distraction’ rather than as Sachs’ statement implies, a collective yearning for the pastoral. My feeling is simply that we furnish our houses with carpet, rugs, drapes and throws to distract ourselves from the external world. To this end, something that fascinates me as a designer is the deliberate use of textile to function as both a buffer and a distraction inside the home. The use and manipulation of textiles is a growing interest both personally and within my practice. I am particularly interested in investigating production techniques and capabilities. My most recent work, the Cut and Sew Lamp, for instance attempts to replicate and exaggerate this idea of distraction, mimicking the soft ‘reconciliation’ of the carpet in the gentle bell curvature of the frame and the ease of the draping fabric. An additional ‘distraction’ is that these lamps can be manipulated in length to become, like our carpet choices, more – or less – obtrusive in the domestic environment.

1.Angeli Sachs, Paradise Lost? Contemporary Strategies of Nature Design, From Inspiration to Innovation Nature Design, ed. Angeli Sachs, Lars Muller Publishers, Zurich, 2007. (pp266)


Reviews/Reports 10.05.10

Chuffed to be participating in this show, curated by Matt Blomeley for Objectspace.

From the press release:

“Quotidian (def: everyday, commonplace) invites 11 New Zealand designers to talk about examples of everyday design, uncovering how design ideas are recycled, leveraged, refined and can in turn inspire new design. Using the exhibition as a forum for designers to think globally while advancing local design discourse, each participant will showcase an everyday design object alongside an object of their own design and write about their understandings – and discoveries – brought about through considering the vices and virtues of “everyday” objects.”

Jamie Mclellan at Objectspace

Reviews/Reports 24.11.09

Twig Coatstand by Jamie Mclellan, image credit Flash Studios.

I recently finished working with Matt Blomeley to set up an exhibition for Jamie Mclellan in the Vault at Objectspace gallery.  The show features some of his work for Tom Dixon as well as recent work for Fletcher Systems and Simon James’ new label Resident.

From The Media Release:

Designer Jamie McLellan says “over the years I have learned to live with and celebrate my inner engineer. More and more I am finding the beauty of an object lies in its engineering, how it’s put together. I find both a purity in exposing this and at the same time a higher a level of detail being possible without the need for anything superflous.”

More here: Offshore: Jamie Mclellan

What: Offshore: Jamie McLellan
Where: Objectspace, 8 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland.
When: Exhibition runs until 19 December 2009.
Gallery hours: Tues – Sat, 10am – 5pm. Free admission.

Of Its Time

Reviews/Reports 04.09.09

Of Its Time Flyer

My work is influenced by form, landscape, Elizabeth’s library, the shape of the city, growth, movement, the poetry of materials, conversation and sometimes, the economy!  My work for “Of Its Time” is driven by the necessity of using resources at hand: materials gleaned from my day job and the skills of my friends and family.  Thanks Amazon and Emma!