February 22 - April 14 2013
Open 7 days, free entry.Â Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12noon - 5pm
Launched at COLLECT 2012, Raw Craft captures a contemporary craft movement, presenting works characterised by a deliberate transparency of technique, materiality and process, evident in their look and feel.Â The Crafts Council's touring exhibition presents furniture characterised by an honest, intelligent and logical approach to making. The works by seven contemporary designers - TomÃ¡s Alonso, Fabien Cappello, Simon Jones, Max Lamb, Seongyong Lee, Peter Marigold and Oscar Narud - have a tangible materiality, subtle originality and are imbued with simplicity and a high quality of finish.
Focusing on furniture, the work displayed reveals a subtle originality in the way that skills and resources are employed, imbuing the furniture with a simplicity yet high quality. For the makers featured, explicit making skills and materials are the central means for exploring ideas.Â Curated by the Crafts Council with Michael Marriott, designer, and Brent Dzekciorius, of Phillips de Pury as curatorial advisors to Raw Craft, the exhibition presents one-offs, limited editions and prototypes from makers including Peter Marigold, Oscar Narud and Fabien Capello.
This exhibition has been brought to The Barony Centre thanks to Craft Town Scotland's Creative Place Award 2012.
Fabien Cappello is a furniture designer interested in the creative use of local resources and manufacturing, and their potential for social infrastructure. His approach to design is highly collaborative: "I connect ideas, people and local materials", absorbing the culture and context around him and melding it into his work. "I like my projects to stem from a connection with specific contexts and the people I collaborate with. I'm not interested in abstract ideas." Many of his projects have involved surveying and mapping local resources, often identifying what is not used or valued, and drawing out unexpected qualities.
Max Lamb's work is informed by his respect for materials, extensive knowledge of manufacturing techniques, and skill as a maker. He is interested in exploring and re-contextualising both traditional and unconventional materials and processes, and blends these to create furniture and products that possess a visual simplicity. Honesty to material and celebration of process are key to Lamb's intent: "I'm a craftsman who is passionate about raw materials and the way that as a designer and maker I can interact with them in a physical, tangible way".
A native of Cornwall, Lamb has engaged with objects and the physical landscape from a young age, ultimately leading to an MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art, London. He subsequently founded his workshop-based design practice in 2008, and teaches on the Industrial Design course at Æ’CAL, University of Art and Design, Lausanne.
Oscar Narud's designs centre around our daily domestic rituals and habits, often drawing inspiration from the temporary or homemade possibilities of our everyday landscape. Narud's aesthetic is driven by simplicity and functionality, alongside a keen interest in drawing and making. Simple materials, processes and structural elements are highlighted and become the focal point of many of his designs. Humour also plays a role in his work, which he suggests is "an alternative to using expensive materials, processes or excessive styling - increasing the value but not the cost".
Narud was born in Oslo, and studied at Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art, London. He has worked for celebrated studios such as El Ultimo Grito and Nigel Coates and is a founding member of the nine-strong OKAY design collective in North London, from where he runs his practice.
Working directly with materials, Peter Marigold approaches furniture design as a formal sculptural activity; a reflection of his previous training as a sculptor and career in theatre scenography: "I am very edgy about letting other people build my stuff. When it comes to finished objects, I find I fall out of love with them a bit if I didn't make them". He enjoys exploring the basic qualities of materials, commonly wood, often using reclamation as a starting point for new ideas and forms: "I live next to this huge source of materials [wood]... If I lived next to a scrapyard I would probably be more into metal".Like fellow Raw Craft exhibitors Oscar Narud and TomÃ¡s Alonso, Marigold is part of London design collective OKAY Studio. He designs one-off works as well as pieces for mass production. In 2009 he was awarded one of the four Designer of the Future awards by Design Miami.
When asked to describe his approach to design, TomÃ¡s Alonso states that "everything is there because it makes sense". The designer's work presents solutions for urban, space-starved living, which are minimal, honest and functional. His work commonly brings together wood and metal, elegantly contrasting both materials, while using their individual strengths to give his furniture its characteristic adaptability. He cites inspiration from "living life and observing the people around you; visits to workshops and factories, from small artisan workshops to big production plants with specialised equipment... if you understand how something is made, you also understand the potential it has".
Alonso is a co-founder of London design collective OKAY Studio, with fellow graduates from the Royal College of Art, London, including Peter Marigold and Oscar Narud, also represented in Raw Craft. Alongside his studio practice, Alonso has worked for Nigel Coates Studio and teaches at Æ’CAL, University of Art and Design, Lausanne.
Simon Jones is an architect, designer and maker. He runs a multidisciplinary studio in London and works on a range of scales, from architecture, to exhibitions, to furniture. He designs buildings and installations to be built by others, but also has a workshop from which he makes fittings and fixtures for his projects, as well as prototypes and small production batches of furniture. Inspired by familiar typologies such as the trestle, Jones attempts to refine or add functionality by making his own versions: "I test, re-make, re-test and re-make until the process and the piece seem resolved".
Prior to setting up his own practice in 2010, he was a project architect with Tony Fretton Architects and 6a Architects. He has exhibited his furniture internationally, and is an undergraduate architectural design tutor at London Metropolitan University.
Seongyong Lee's practice is based on a belief that making should be responsible as well as creative. Although outwardly simple, his designs reveal a profound and highly innovative engagement with materials and process. Lee particularly rethinks traditional material use and making in his furniture designs. He combines handcrafting skills and a strong understanding of the principles of mass production: "I wanted to find the right point of contact between mass production and craft to make the next step in creating a better everyday life".
The result lies in designs that are structurally logical, intuitive to use, and beautiful to look at.Lee graduated with an MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art, London, in 2010. His Plytube series was nominated for Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011, and was acquired for the permanent collection at the Design Museum, London.