Digitally shrink-wrapped pores and skin, armrests salvaged from parks and “frozen” resin featured in Prototype/In Course of, an exhibition of seating introduced by digital journal Chair of Advantage throughout London Design Competition.
Displayed beneath a railway arch at Borough Yards, Prototype/In Course of was made up of 1:1 scale prototypes of chairs, in addition to chairs which can be nonetheless works in progress, by 12 London-based designers who’re both established or rising of their area.
Sara Afonso Sternberg introduced sculptural aluminium seating fabricated from armrests salvaged from the center of public benches in Camberwell. The armrests have been initially created to make it tough for homeless folks to sleep or relaxation on the benches.
“These objects are given a brand new type and use, inviting the general public to critically have interaction with management mechanisms comparable to hostile structure that permeate the city panorama,” stated Afonso Sternberg.
One other piece on show was by Jesse Butterfield. The designer used vacuum infusion, draping and papier-mâché to create a chair coated in resin that was supposed to look “frozen”.
Varied strategies of manufacturing have been showcasedthroughout the present. Daniel Widrig used 3D printing to digitally shrink-wrap an oblong chair with polylactic acid, a starch-based bioplastic.
The result’s a grey-hued chair with an undulating type, which mirrors the shared model of earlier blobby stools created by the designer.
“Its contours mimic the mild curves and pure irregularities of physique tissue, forming intricate folds and wrinkles,” defined Widrig.
Thomas Wheller additionally used aluminium by folding a single piece of the fabric to create his chair, whereas Louis Gibson experimented with “common” building inventory supplies by creating casts from disused pipes.
“I used to be involved in imagining how these elements could possibly be used unconventionally,” stated the designer.
“With such giant volumes, I used to be curious to create casts, after which consider the interior varieties in a brand new gentle, and eventually handle the issue of reassembly,” added Gibson.
“I selected plaster for the aim of fast setting, I additionally felt it was in line with the world of builders’ retailers inventory provides.”
Whereas the exhibition concluded on the finish of London Design Competition (LDF), Chair of Advantage is an ongoing venture curated by Adam Maryniak.
Prototype/In Course of was on show on Soiled Lane as a part of the annual competition’s Bankside Design District.
Furnishings created from the stays of a single automotive and a modular show system by Zaha Hadid Design have been among the many many different tasks featured throughout LDF.
The pictures is courtesy of Chair of Advantage.
Prototype/In Course of was on present as a part of London Design Competition 2023 from 16 to 24 September 2023. See our London Design Competition 2023 information on Dezeen Occasions Information for details about the various different exhibitions, installations and talks that happened all through the week.