London Design Festival: From Now to Eternity 23.09.08

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Eight designers have produced work exploring the qualities of plastic, and its potential for re-use, for an exhibition called "From Now to Eternity" at the Biscuit Building in north London. Design duos Committee and Raw Edges both reconsidered existing objects, whereas Tomoko Azumi and FAT chose to work with plastic as a raw material.

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Writing block by Committee

Committee's Plastic Fandangos are objects, including a writing block and a periscope, made from reassembled plastic parts; they highlight the throwaway culture that surrounds plastic, and the practice of discarding plastic objects without considering alternative functions for them.

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Periscope by Committee

Plastic Nostalgia by Raw Edges pays homage to retro Fisher Price toys, incorporating symbols from childhood memories into modern furniture. The pieces mimic the well-known Fisher Price aesthetic – super-shiny, durable, brightly coloured plastic – using beech wood.

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Plastic Nostalgia by Raw Edges

FAT created a stool, placing the head of Hercules, made out of plastic foam, as the seat on top of a tripod. The head is created by injecting foam into a mould, the antithesis of the traditional marble carving techniques.

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Classical-bust stool by FAT

Tomoko Azumi decided to experiment with the possibilities of plastic lumber, combining the use of this new material with traditional wood craftsmanship, adopting the aesthetic of Shaker Furniture. However, the recycled plastic lumber industry has not progressed enough to be able to create chair strong enough to sit on.

Hiroko Shiratori, Rolf Sachs, Stuart Haygarth and Tom Price are also exhibiting. From Now to Eternity is open until 19 October at the Biscuit Building in London. The exhibition includes a programme of films and talks.

top image Shaker Furniture by Tomoko Azumi

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Film Programme: 19th September - 19th October

Curated by Arts Co and Victoria Brooks
The film programme features five films, running on a continuous loop, celebrating the history of plastic, its materiality, its nostalgic and imitative qualities.

Mika Taanila, Futuro - New Stance for Tomorrow: The Rise and Fall of the Plastic House, 1998, 29 minutes
Fourth Kingdom, Bakelite Corporation, 1938, 25 minutes
Charles and Ray Eames, Kaleidoscope Jazz Chair, 1960, 6.28 minutes
Alain Resnais, Le Chant du Styrène, 1958, 19 minutes
Yoshimasa Ishibashi, The Fuccon Family, 37 minutes

Talks Programme - Chaired by Marcus Fairs
2 October 7:00 – 8:00 pm
From Now To Eternity: Plastic, Design And The Environment
Mother, Biscuit Building, 10 Redchurch Street, E2 7DD
Lucy Siegle – ethical editor, The Observer
Mark McGowan – artist
Martino Gamper – designerSimon Waterfall – co-founder, Poke; director, D&AD

8 October 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Mine For Eternity
Millers Academy, Westbourne Grove, W2 5AJ
Ronni Ancona – actor/comedian
Dan Stevens – actor
Gavin Turk – artist
Kate Spicer – journalist and commentator

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 Fandangos by Committee

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Fandangos by Committee

 

 

 

 

Words

Penelope Shaw

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they highlight the throwaway culture that surrounds plastic, and the practice of discarding plastic objects without considering alternative functions for them

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