Semi Synthetic dishes
Low temperature bio-plastic.
Starch based bioplastic is pushed into roughly chainsawn timber moulds. The blended production colours referencing natural materials rather than injection moulded parts.
A series of clothes rails that reference worn down tanalized timber as found in well used children’s playground equipment.
Ray G Brown
A pot moulded from a hole dug in the ground. Cast in terracotta, the typical material of gardenware.
High fired black stoneware
A ceramic bowl, cast from crisps.
A candle stick made from wax, displaced by molten metal.
Cardboard Ceramic Vases
High fired stoneware
Stoneware clay is forced into cardboard moulds and then burnt away.
Toothpaste, epoxy resin
Tubes of toothpaste, methodically squeezed out into rows, and sealed with resin. The resulting pattern evokes the anonymous, un-designed aesthetic of vernacular knitting traditions.
You must be born again.
Calvary 1. 580x470x450. Egg tempera on poplar.
Calvary 2. 580x470x450. Imitation god leaf on poplar.
G, TRE, :, SETTE
“Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again”.
The verse of the gospel of John opens a direct discussion between the two pieces, as one is opposite yet inevitable consequence of the other. The red and the gold, the death and the rebirth, the blood of the flesh and the Holy Spirit. Hence, the Passion and the Ascension both taking place on the Calvary represented by the trapezoidal shape. The two pieces mirrors the perceived dichotomy between the earthly and the heavenly.
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Stoneware, porcelain, terracotta
A growing collection of handmade tableware in clay. The series is inspired by doodles and sketches on walls of urban landscapes where Vanja lives (Shoreditch). The raw, rough look and feel of the collection is another expression of Vanja's ever-obsessive search for the beauty in texture and the aesthetics of the imperfect.
(note: Vanja in fact was not one of my students! But she was a student prior to me working at the college and I did have the fortune to work alongside her in the studio for the first year I was there... and I love the tableware so had to include them in the show!)
A series characterised by a disquieting reflection. Its core dissipates a slow dissolution of light through the dense surface.
Nickel & Aluminium On Glass
A metallurgically coated glass sheet
Hooks (NOT SHOWN HERE BUT IN THE HIGH RES LINK BELOW)
Steel with red oxide
A simple utilitarian hook inspired by the language of barbed wire fence holders.
Hand blown glass
Blown into the same wooden mould. Each glass shows the textures that form as molten glass burns away the grain in the wood, making every glass unique.
A set of ceramic whiskey tumblers imprinted with the texture taken from a burnt timber original. Varying textures on the tumblers reflect the degree of toasting used to flavour and colour whiskeys.
A series of small jugs and vessels that explore the possibility of folding and fastening porcelain together almost as though it were paper.
Harry Lamb / Niamh Arklie / Aude Saint Joanis / David Cheverton
BAR (display system running through the space)
Steel, curly maple
This bar was commissioned by London Metropolitan University as a collapsible pop up system that could be used in a variety of situations. It is modular, yet sturdy, and easily put together by anyone with simple tools. Using only minimal graphic lines and rich solid planks of maple, it has an open undefined use while having a clear strong character.
The bar was generously supported by Meantime Brewery and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC)
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Hoop plant pot holder
Powder coated steel
A playful practical plant holder that investigates a way to grow plants vertically, using a simple geometric laser cut design. Intended for use by people in smaller domestic environments to maximise their green living space.
Compotes (not shown here but in the high res links)
Mixed natural ingredients
These pots represent a wide materials exploration into the possible use of various organic and natural materials including Various types of sawdusts, Agar, Water, Glycerol, Alginate, Carrageenan, Coffee grounds, eggshells, natural dye and yarn
Aluminium and rubber
A stool that explores the creation of 3D forms from 2D shapes. By folding a curve in a sheet, two new planes become curved. The quadrant legs present a narrow, solid mass from one side, but a wide empty inner space from the other. The stool appears to change as you walk past.
Dog Eared shelves
Powder coated aluminium
A small practical shelf inspired by a book with curled dog-eared corners that can also be used as a hook.
Washable wood pulp paper
A bag inspired by London Transport’s most common item to end up in the lost property office. These bags, created in a novel vegan, washable wood pulp textile, elevate the humble umbrella to a position of beauty.
Garden Spoons (not shown here but in high res link folder)
Gotland clay wrapped in organic matter and fired in an oil drum
These spoons were produced during a residency at the Rävemåla Residency in Kalmar, Sweden, collaborating with ceramicist Jessica Mason. They explore the concepts of storage and preservation as a reaction to the harvest season.
Various maquetry compositions
These two dimensional works are imagined ‘still lives’ inspired by research and drawn studies. They are collections of objects that have been found, seen or imagined highlighting an appreciation for the shape and texture of everyday objects and architectural forms. The series also includes a recent collaboration with Adriana Jaros.
A single cut is made midway through the timber door which then allows the wood to naturally cup and form a handle.
Calcite was Influenced by the eastern shores of Ireland, the collection of small vessels and slip cast bowls evolved from a series of ink etchings and acrylic prints done using wax resist.
London Design Festival 2020
Peter Marigold with Graduates of the Furniture and Product Design Course at London Metropolitan University
31 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, SW7 12th September - 20th September 2020
The small selection of graduate work shown here has been chosen from the many students I have had the pleasure to tutor while working on the Furniture and Product design course at London Metropolitan University since 2015.
The course has a historical foundation as the London College of Furniture and as such many of the students we accept have a strong traditional workshop based approach to the course. Over the years I’ve thoroughly enjoyed asking these students to instead think about making pasta shapes, ceramics, working with vegetables, rubbish and shadows. I found a great satisfaction in seeing their creative mentality slide into unknown territory and often the most successful and surprising projects emerged from the most unexpected students.
As the pandemic restrictions continue to disrupt our normal lives, I see these as similar opportunities to rethink our making and designing environments. To work in unconventional ways with unconventional materials. The graduate work shown here is mature and I know that the makers have the vital adaptability to work with whatever unknown situations we find ourselves in.
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