Marriage of Materials 2002 (product development - Nick Gant and Tanya Dean)
A product development workshop involving a collaborative group of selected fine artists, sculptures, graphic and interactive artists, craftspeople and designers. By re-mixing, fusing and hybridizing materials, processes and material ‘stories’ the group explored the development of new products that promote greater user engagement and propsals for longer product life spans through explicit material narratives. Winner of Crafts Council bursary for 100% Design and sponsorship from Lucite International / Perspex TM. The project was exhibited during the London Design Festival and the ‘Skinned Prismex Table’ was part of the ‘Brilliant’ exhibition at the V&A Museum. The project received critical acclaim via a number of design press articles including Design Week, New Design and Blueprint.
Objects and products developed included the ‘Mysterio Table’ which told fortunes; the ‘Many Hands’ table which used material process as performance art; Perspex jewelry cut like diamonds; and an illuminating, low energy, ultra thin table wrapped in a reactive animal skin. New hybrid materials contained ghost like apparitions of objects, and traditional oak was etched by lasers into lace.
Contributors and collaborators on the project included: Lin Cheung, Sophie Smallhorn, Kelly Sant and Arash Kaynama, Richard Wells, Chris Hill, Roger Hickey and George Littlejohn, Dean Wilson, Hamish Makgill and Ed Templeton of Red Design, Andy Tanner and Anna Thompson.