Airmail: Bringing Lightness to Everyday Objects 02.06.09

words Anna Bates

A group of recent Royal College of Art graduates has taken off to Glasgow to present some products that explore the concept of lightness in an exhibition entitled Airmail.

Several of the 12 designers involved contributed products that were light in a physical way - such as Stephen Reed's tape dispenser, which stays put with help of a suction pad rather than weight so you can use it one-handed, and Oscar Diaz's Found cutlery, made by "editing" plastic bottles and coating them in metal.

Simon Donald used weight as a "finish" of sorts for his salt and pepper shakers. Each is identical, but made in various metals so "the choice of finish is not so much an option of colour but an option of weight," he says. Bas Kools' final piece is process-led: he hung a ceramic net from the ceiling and allowed gravity to do the designing.

The work is on show at design shop Goodd in Glasgow until 28 June. Airmail was put together by designers Oscar Diaz and Henny van Nistelrooy, who curate exhibitions under the name Parallel Projects.

image Airmail showcase at Goodd in Glasgow

image Bas Kools, Ceramic Mesh

image David Weatherhead, Super Light Stationerry

image Oscar Diaz, Found Cutlery

image Inka Stazinsky, LV = Lightness/Value

image Jochem Faudet, Off the Ground

image Judith van den Boom, Reposed Light

image Luka Stepan, Pruchka

image Simon Donald, Multiple Choice

image Tim Parsons, Ad-hoc Book Boxes

image Henny van Nistelrooy, Morphe

image Bernadette Deddens, A Silk Scarf is a Lift Shaft

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