‘Beton Brut’ = ‘Raw Concrete’ = the idea that materials are used in their unfinished or raw state. This concept was used heavily in the 1960s and 70s architecture which became known as Brutalism and is the inspiration for the Sapele Brut pieces.
This series is a study into how variance can be achieved within a set of defined specifications. I was inspired by a quote from Frank Lloyd Wright which got me thinking how important individuality is and how repetitive manufacturing processes can sacrifice this need.
“There should be as many (styles) of houses as there are kinds (styles) of people and as many differentiations as there are different individuals". – F.L.W
Made for Future Heritage 2017 at Decorex, the Paper Plastic pieces create unique shapes by using paper infused with plastic which is ‘cast’ from the inside out and sets rapidly to create very strong, very light forms.
The ’Slant’ pieces avoid the use of conventional components (such as ‘legs’) and explore new ways to produce the required function (i.e. sitting or providing a surface for something). The pieces use the idea of Contrapposto from classical sculpture to create a feeling of movement. The two different woods used are Black Walnut (the darker wood) and Maple (the blonde wood). I chose the two for their contrasting colour properties so as to highlight the different angles and planes in the pieces.
The Liquid Plastic Coffee Table and Chair continue to explore plastic as a sculptural medium. By using a composite of rigid expanding foam and marble dust, the pieces allow the material to largely dictate their form.
These pieces were made for Form&Seek’s ‘Age of Man’ exhibition in Ventura Lambrate during Milan Design Week and are the result of an observation of our relationship with materials – particularly plastics. Generally, plastic products are considered disposable, consumable, and mass produced. The impact to the earth is often a wasteful pattern of consumption. This model results from our current psychology in that we consume without really caring for those object and its production, but that we are in pursuit of the endless circle of consumption.
My pieces are designed to challenge that narrative. To do this I started to relook at plastic and see it as something that I could use in a sculptural manner. I create a composite of liquid plastic (known as growing foam), marble dust, and pigment. The material has a very short setting time and is extremely durable afterwards. The restriction on it’s manipulation became an integral part of the designs. My works take a material that commonly perceived as ugly and disposable into something that is not mass produced, but crafted and unique.