Form&Seek London Design Fair2017
Form&Seek will be part of Dutch Pavilion at London Design Fair on 21-24 September 2017
Form&Seek exhibitions always show a consideration to new crafts, material and processes.
With this upcoming show Form&Seek explores the theme of "Openness" where we focus on what designers with a vision of across borders and cultures, make and design in order to shift attitudes and cultures for the a more inclusive future. Form&Seek explores the idea of Dutch design, not through a national lens but as an attitude and way of thinking.
For the first time ever Form&Seek launches its own collection during London Design Festival as well as a producing and selling platform, enabling consumers and retailers to purchase original and innovative crafted goods from a curated collection founded and run by designers.
The Form&Seek collection focuses on new developed processes and contemporary, globally local craft techniques. Interesting, innovative materials and processes play a key role in the pieces by Form&Seek. Each item tells a story through the way it has been made or the impact it has on our daily lives.
Our new collection expands on a wide range of crafted products from conventional products prototyped with new technologies to products that play with natural formations and uses of material. Each thought provoking, poetic design object has a strong character and personality with the personal mark of the maker.
In an age where the world is moving towards globalization and homogenization, Kuwaiti product designer Kawther Al Saffar’s Dual Bowls project focuses on finding cultural meaning in non-dominant, and non-western design perspectives. It highlights previously masked craft abilities in the locality of Kuwait and promotes a borderless view of culture through the experience of making. Kawther’s emerging furniture design practice Saffar aims to contribute to a global conversation on the importance of experience-based cultural design. This is achieved by elevating and promoting the processes and skills available in Kuwait, such as sand-casting and copper sinking, both of which have been under-utilized till now. The Dual Bowls–made of mixed metals–are cast in the Alwafi Foundry in Kuwait, from industry recycled metals, and require a large nationally diverse community of craftsmen for their execution. This highlights the ability of a marginalized group of individuals with a lifetime of stories and heritage to share.
Kawther Al Saffar