LampA

A couple of years ago I was given the opportunity to see one of my designs realised in Hi-Macs, an acrylic stone similar in nature to Corian. The result was LampA, a wall mounted light. I've struggled to find a place to photograph the finished prototype till recently when the perfect place appeared.

This project was hoping to find a way to bring elements of traditional craft to industrial craft. The design is inspired by glass caning, a method of producing patterned glass that is best known to me through the work of Scott Benefield at BTU Studio. An initial process to make the glass canes takes place before these canes are added to the glass and blown to form the vessels. There are slight distortions that take place in the pattern as this is done, softening the sharp lines in the canes. By cutting the pattern into the acrylic stone using a computer controlled machine and then thermoforming this sheet the aim was to soften the resulting form.

The pattern is made from a single line, creating an effect of concentric circles, and hints at ancient celtic patterns and makes the piece quick and easy to manufacture.

More pictures of LampA can be found over here. Many thanks to the Institute of Designers Ireland and Hi-Macs Ireland.

 

 

 

 

Inspirations

Inspirations

Sketch explorations

Sketch explorations

To scale

To scale

Design & Facilitation

On the 25th of March we hosted a forum on Design and Facilitation in the National Museum or Ireland. The forum, which consisted of four prominent designers working as facilitators within public and private realms, aimed to highlight a few of the ways that designers can act as change makers. The talks were held in conjunction with the National Museum of Ireland and Dublin Institute of Technology and took place in the Museum at Collins Barracks which is home to a large chunk of Ireland's physical history.

Speakers on the day included Michael Torrans of The Potting Shed Dublin, Jonathan Legge of The Souvenir Project and Makers & Brothers, Barry Sheehan of The Dublin Project and DIT and Kim Mackenzie-Doyle of the Institute of Designers Ireland.

The theme of Design and Facilitation was chosen as a reaction to new roles that designers are finding in the world today. The place of the designers as the makers of iconic products for international manufacturers is as strong as ever, however some designers are choosing to put their skills to use in managing, curating and collaborating to change systems and communities.

On the day, each speaker described their experience acting as a facilitator of change within the context of a specific subject and the result were four very-different talks that touched upon some of the key elements of this practice: what was important to them in the projects, what they aim/aimed to achieve and the problems they faced.

It was a real pleasure to run the talks on the day and to be made so welcome in the National Museum of Ireland on a beautiful morning in March. These four talks have provided an point from which to explore facilitation and change making in Ireland by design and I look forward to expanding on this subject soon.

*Many thanks to Eimir O'Brien (@eimirobrien) at the National Museum of Ireland, Bernard Timmins of DIT and all of the speakers.  

**The four talks will be available soon, for more information please get in touch.

Mick Torrans | The Potting Shed Dublin

Mick Torrans | The Potting Shed Dublin

Jonathan Legge | The Souvenir Project/Makers & Brothers

Jonathan Legge | The Souvenir Project/Makers & Brothers

Barry Sheehan | The Dublin Project/DIT

Barry Sheehan | The Dublin Project/DIT

Kim Mackenzie-Doyle | Institute of Designers Ireland

Kim Mackenzie-Doyle | Institute of Designers Ireland

Foam Vase & Gypsophila

One of the products resulting from our recent work with thermoplastic foams. These foams, once heated and then cooled, hold their form.

Each piece is hand finished and features a glass vessel and foam covering. 

The string that is used to hold the foam in place during heating leaves it's impression creating a clean and simple decoration.

The foam seals itself at the seam and the final product remains - an elegant vase for flowers.

Gypsophila (also known as Baby's Breath) from Best of Buds, Cork.

These photos document one of a limited range of vases that will be available for sale at Project 26 in Dublin on the 18th of September 2016.

For more information on the event check out the Project 26 Instagram account - www.instagram.com/project26_dublin/