The Icon 20/20 Designers: Peter Marigold 01.05.09

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Split shelving, 2007

Li Edelkoort calls him a "genius". He's one of the brightest stars in gallerist Libby Sellers' stable of young "limited edition" designers. But on a first glance at Peter Marigold's work, these endorsements might come as a surprise. Much of his output has a plainness, a simplicity, an unfinished quality, that can be mistaken for an idea that has been picked up, toyed with momentarily, and then discarded. Closer inspection, however, reveals that almost every project forms part of a continuum of thought. This experimentation with and development of a fixed set of straightforward, elegant ideas points to a designer with the patience and rigour to become ubiquitous in the next few years.

Marigold is important for several reasons. He has made an ancient material, wood, look young again in works such as the Thin Slice cabinet and the Split shelving. He delights in what Sellers calls "the poetic exploration of the everyday", creating charming work like Pied de Biche: a Dexion shelving unit with feet that have been cut and re-welded into decorative forms. But the real beauty of his work is that it is grounded in practicality. Marigold designs with a down-to-earth eye on economy and efficient use of space. It's that principle that lets him move easily between gallery design and products ready for the mass market, and which points most clearly to his continuing success.

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Split shelving, 2007

 

Image

Adam Laycock

 

Words

Justin McGuirk, Johanna Agerman, William Wiles, Anna Bates, Beatrice Galilee, Oliver Wainwright, Alex Pasternack, Matthew Barac, Sean Dodson

 

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