My STANDARD exhibition system looked great in the NCAD gallery for Graduate Design awards 2016. In the same week the system itself was highly commended in the Exhibition category of the IDI Design awards. A good week all round.
So here's a thing, when I was a much younger and more idealistic modernist, I used to have very material specific dreams. Not dreams of the deep R.E.M. sleep variety, more those kind of hazy, day-dreaming about the future kind. And in these visions, the future was mainly constructed from beautiful, crispy, graphic, engineered plywood. Recently I've made some steps toward the realisation of these material specific visions, our friends Aisling and Ben being the lucky beneficiaries in the shape of a bespoke home office fit-out. It was a long and involved design and build process, for both client and designer, completed over a period of about 3 months on and off. I'm glad to say that the clients are now happily installed and despite many cuts and bloody fingers from razor sharp mitred plywood and the odd technical challenge to be surmounted along the way my passion for both plywood and formica remain undiluted. I'm particularly proud of the engineering involved in the cable management channel built into the 3.2m desk top (a cable-shuck we'd probably call it up Monaghan way) terminating in storage fitted around the stair head which cuts into the room. Therapy of sorts for my obsession.
So last weekend having been inspired by a book published by NIAH (National Inventory of Architectural Heritage), we set off on a mini architectural adventure to my home county of Monaghan, . We started at this stunning little corrugated steel Gothic church in the town of Laragh which in the 19th century was a local centre of the flax milling industry. The church was built in 1891 by the Mill owning McKean family, and was reportedly brought to Laragh by the mill owner and his wife from Switzerland where they had discovered and fallen in love with it while on honeymoon. The structure which stands atop a landscaped alpine inspired outcrop, is a stunning combination of finely crafted Gothic detailing in wood glass and cast iron and standard industrial grade corrugated steel (or wriggly tin as my darling wife calls it). Just a beautiful little building in a humble material made glorious with addition of carefully considered detailing. Lovely
bohemia signs from Mission Local on Vimeo.
Really interesting to see them talk about how the individuality of the writer comes through in the quality of the brush work and the way each individual's signature 'ticks' come through in the lettering....
Having hand painted a 'circus style' sign for my wedding recently (no quality comparisons are being made here!) I can understand the way he describes needing to build up brush handling skills and muscle memory to create lettering quickly and efficiently.
The thing I really noticed in my novice effort was how serifed fonts seem to flow naturally from the brushwork and you begin to understand somewhat how decorative flourishes, shadowing and details
have evolved from the flow of the brush and paint. Its a lesson to us all in this age of instant digital gratification - Quality takes time....long live analogue.
…………..making display cabinets from old frames and keyboards. I built this for a jeweler friend of mine. The keyboard I rescued from an auction house as it was unsold and destined for the skip. The gilded frames were a tenner the lot. I hinged the frames to MDF boxes and put locks on them with glass front and back and built a drawer under the keyboard. It took about a million man hours to put together and I totally destroyed my front room doing it but the results were totally worth it.
of the year at the FX Design Awards last month.
We won the Promosedia Design Challenge in 2003 with a very similar product.
The Barber Osgerby chair admittedly is a much more refined and beautiful realisation of the principle but it just goes to show that a good well considered idea never ages.
Looking forward to some good clean creative fun next Saturday with some good chums from DIT.
Dublin is one of just 3 cities (from around 50) which have been shortlisted for Design Capital 2014, awarded by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), the winning city (Dublin/ Capetown /Bilbao) will be announced this autumn.
As part of Dublin's pitch to the visiting panel of judges, a banquet was held at the Hugh Lane gallery on Thursday night, with the table featuring some of the best of Irish craft and design, curated by Jonathan Legge. I supplied 8 of my Vic and Bob grinders to the table setting.
The set up looked really great and by all accounts the event went swimmingly.
Fingers crossed for Dublin now.